Cultural Center of the Philippines
Cultural Centre of the Philippines
The Cultural Center of the Philippines was created in 1966 through Executive Order no. 30, with the purpose of promoting and preserving Filipino arts and culture. It was formally inaugurated on September 8, 1969, starting a three month long inaugural festival opened by the epic musical Dularawan. Since then, the CCP has sought to truly embody its logo of katotohanan (truth), kagandahan (beauty) and kabutihan (goodness). The best artists from all over the country and around the world have graced the CCP theaters and galleries, enthralling Filipinos for over thirty years.
The TANGHALANG NICANOR ABELARDO (CCP MAIN THEATER) is named after composer Nicanor Abelardo, considered as the Father of Philippine Kundiman (genre of traditional Filipino love songs which was elevated to the status of Art Songs). Among his works were Nasaan Ka Irog, Magbalik Ka Hirang and Himutok.
The venue sits 1,780 guests and has four (4) levels: Orchestra, Boxes, Balcony I and II. It is equipped to meet the requirements of large theater productions such as dance, music and symphonic concerts. The venue also features a tapestry entitled Genesis based on an oil painting with the same title by National Artist for Visual Arts Hernando R. Ocampo. The stage floor is made up of Philippine Mahogany wood characterized for its sturdiness and huge size.