Philippine Arts Month opens with Pasinaya festival of 3,000 artists

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) celebrated the start of Philippine Arts Month in February with a jampacked weekend of “Pasinaya” – a multi-arts open house festival featuring Filipino heritage and arts performed by 3,000 artists.

The artists who come from all over the Philippines and from different disciplines of dance, music, theater, spoken word, and visual arts took the stage in various venues in the CCP Complex and the National Museum.

The 15th anniversary of Pasinaya “Palihan at Palabas” was extended the usual 2-day festival into three from February 1 to 3.

The 2019 Pasinaya was themed “Karapatan, Kalayaan, Kultura” highlighting the importance of human rights and freedom in the preservation and cultivation of heritage and culture – two important aspects of community development and national progress.

Good News Pilipinas put together the highlights from Pasinaya’s 3 days of the country’s biggest open house festival:


The first day of Pasinaya, February 1, was spent for various arts and cultural “Palihan” or workshops inside the CCP conducted by the country’s leading artists, teachers and resource persons. Art galleries were also opened and run until the last day of the festival. All for only P50.


The second day was dedicated to “Palabas” of various artists and performing groups from nearby provinces such Bulacan, Quezon, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Bicol, Rizal, with Pangasinan and Tarlac from the north, and Boracay from the south.


The third and last day of Pasinaya 2019 was the highlight of the CCP’s multi-arts festival. School and community-based groups and artists from the metro and nearby provinces showcased their talent and prepared repertoire together with the country’s finest and the CCP’s resident companies such as:

  • Ballet Philippines
  • Philippine Ballet Theater
  • Philippine Madrigal Singers
  • Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group
  • Tanghalang Pilipino
  • UST Symphony Orchestra
  • National Music Competitions for Young Artists


CCP, in partnership with Museum Foundation, also highlighted the museum-hopping this year by providing shuttle vans for audiences who wished to visit participating museums and galleries in the cities of Pasay and Manila.

The following museums and galleries participated in the annual Pasinaya, with two additions this year – CSB Center for Campus Art and Calle Wright:

· Met Museum

· Museo Marino

· Museo Pambata

· National Museum’s National Art Gallery

· Museum of the Filipino People

· National Museum of Natural History

· Casa Manila

· Fort Santiago

· Mono 8

· Bahay Tsino

· Destilleria Limtuaco

· FDCP Cinematheque

· Galleria Duemilla

· The Museum of A History of Ideas

· Avellana Gallery

· 98B Collaboratory

· NCCA Gallery

· CSB Center for Campus Art

· Calle Wright

The annual Pasinaya attracts more than 80,000 audiences transforming different venues inside and outside of the CCP into “the most creative place in the country.”

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Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.