The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) welcomed the holiday season in the country with a spectacular lights-and-sound show titled “Sinag: Festival of Radiance”, showcasing Filipino traditional arts and modern technology.
The CCP festival of lights, created in partnership with the country’s lantern-makers from the City of San Fernando in Pampanga, turned the building’s facade into a colorful canvas of dancing lights in sync with the music of “Pagdiwang sa Ginintuang Pagsilang” written by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and composed by National Artist for Music and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ryan Cayabyab.
The Filipino words for “Kabutihan, Kagandahan, Katotohanan” (Goodness, Beauty, Truth) written in the native Philippine script of Baybayin can be seen on the facade of the 50-year old building.
Also on display are festive lanterns crafted by renowned Kapampangan parol-maker Arvin Quiwa from the clan of Eric Quiwa who created the lantern for the “Luzviminda” national costume of reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
A 20-foot massive sundial installation displayed at the CCP’s front lawn is designed by award-winning multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr. who had previously designed the trophy won by UPLB Choral Ensemble at the Asia Choral Grand Prix at the CCP in July and the ARMM’s Manāra art installation.
Various performing arts groups graced the grand launch staged on September 26 at the CCP front lawn along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.
The lights-and-sound festival is part of CCP’s 50th-year-anniversary celebration of harnessing and conserving Filipino arts, culture, and heritage since its establishment on September 8, 1969.
CCP went on social media to thank spectators at the grand launch of Sinag and invited everyone to see the on-going nightly spectacle.
“Thank you everyone who turned out to SINAG: Festival of Radiance last night! Despite the rains, the warm welcome to the holiday season has been met with bright smiles all during and after the performances,” CCP said in their post.
Catch the spectacular light-and-sound show from Tuesdays to Fridays, 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM (except evenings with shows at the Main Theater, only at 6PM and 7PM) until January 5, 2020.
WATCH this video of the grand launch of Sinag: Festival of Radiance and SEND cheers in the comments below to the Cultural Center of the Philippines for showcasing Filipino excellence in the 4-month long light-and-show festival!
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