Cultural Center of the Philippines

Attraction CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Magdalena Jalandoni Malate, Pasay 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
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Cultural
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Museum
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Kids
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The Cultural Center of the Philippines is a government owned and controlled corporation established to preserve, develop and promote arts and culture in the Philippines.

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Why Cultural Center of the Philippines is special ?

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is the national center for the performing arts. It is mandated to promote excellence in the arts through the initiation and implementation of activities that aim to improve and elevate standards among cultural workers, artists and audiences and to recognize the multiplicity and differences of aesthetic experiences and standards encompassing the arts from grassroots to those formulated by academy-trained artists.


It houses several venues for the performing arts as well as areas for both permanent and changing exhibits. It serves as home for the country's premier performing arts groups such as the Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Tanghalang Pilipino and others.


Source: http://www.ncca.gov.ph/

What to explore at Cultural Center of the Philippines?

As the national center for performing arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has stood out for years as the truest embodiment of the spirit of the arts nationwide. Even though some may consider it to be a shell of its former self during seeing as the building has faded somewhat over the decades, the CCP is still lively with many terrific performances and exhibits.

The CCP provides performance and exhibition venues for various local and international productions at its eponymous 62-hectare (150-acre) complex located in the Cities of Pasay and Manila. Its artistic programs include the production of performances, festivals, exhibitions, cultural research, outreach, preservation, and publication of materials on Philippine art and culture. It holds its headquarters at the Tanghalang Pambansa (English: National Theatre), a structure designed by National Artist for Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin. Locsin would later design many of the other buildings in the CCP Complex.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

How to get to Cultural Center of the Philippines?

The CCP is located on Roxas Boulevard in Manila’s Pasay City and getting to the center is no real challenge. Simply hire a private taxi to Quezon Memorial Circle and go along Quezon Avenue until you reach Roxas Boulevard. The center also happens to be surrounded by amazing greenery and park space that is perfect for a stroll.

From Manila, you can follow these routes:

Route 1: LRT1 - Jeep

Take the LRT1 to Vito Cruz station.

Turn right at Pablo Ocampo Sr. (Vito Cruz) towards Citiland Tower, University Mall, and Rizal Memorial Basketball Coliseum (opposite Jollibee).

Keep walking along Pablo Ocampo Sr. until you see the terminal of orange jeepneys going to CCP/PICC.

Ride a jeep to CCP/PICC, and get off at CCP/PICC.

Route 2: LRT2 - LRT - Jeep

Take the LRT2 to Recto terminal station.

Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-Doroteo Jose station.

Take the LRT1 to Vito Cruz station.

Turn right at Pablo Ocampo Sr. (Vito Cruz) towards Citiland Tower, University Mall, and Rizal Memorial Basketball Coliseum (opposite Jollibee).

Keep walking along Pablo Ocampo Sr. until you see the terminal of orange jeepneys going to CCP/PICC.

Ride a jeep to CCP/PICC, and get off at CCP/PICC.

Source: http://www.ph-commute.com/

Selling points

  • Cultural shows, a must for Filipino children
  • Showcase of Filipino Talents
  • Great artists in a faded setting
  • Beauty in Simplicity
  • Great place to watch musicals and plays
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
118.59 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Magdalena Jalandoni Malate, Pasay 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • Don't buy those 300-pesos binoculars sold at the main lobby. They are selling these 75-pesos ones on the upper floors.
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  • You should watch the dance musical RAMA HARI at CCP
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  • It's really dusty, so if you have asthma or allergies. Food inside the complex is not good. You shouldn't try.
    Health
  • Lots of joggers in the afternoon, around 5pm. You can join
    Things to do
  • It's also an excellent place for aerobics class held in the a.m. For only P20 plus a good venue to jog from 4am to 8am
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  • The parking is not spacious enough.
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Watch the Cinemalaya indie movies this year! Go Pinoy Indie Films!

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Lots of joggers in the afternoon, around 5pm-ish. Has a nice grassy area for chilling out also. Then head to Harbor Square for a snack after a run, kidding! :)

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Did you know? The CCP has a twin sister, the Luce Auditorium in Silliman University in Dumaguete City - The Cultural Center of the South

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Mamma Mia the best!

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For those who are going to watch 'Wicked' or any future presentations, don't buy those 300-pesos binoculars sold at the main lobby. They are selling these 75-pesos ones on the upper floors.

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Poeple say it is Imelda Marcos folly but decades after it still stands proud. WHile not in the best condition, the ballet, plays and music offerings are superb. Check out their calendar of shows and be pleasantly surprised at some of the offerings. Cost of tickets vary from show to show...Matinees are a good way to seek shelter from rain and/or heat. Food inside the complex is not good. Cross the street and go around the baywalk and you find food to suit every budget.

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Despite its gorgeous structure and brilliant design, ccp nowadays clearly needs an update. Visited recently for a show and amidst the grandois lobby with elegant chandeliers and courteous ushers/usherettes, this place has seen better days. Clearly the age of ccp is very obvious. I hope they make some adjustments soon as this is one historical landmark of our country. Theaters need some changes esp the seats who i think has seen better days. The sound/audio is still good but in this day and age a dolby digital or surround sound is probably kore apt for this. Ccp houses the best and greatest talents our country has. Will be here again on another show.

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From the outside, CCP fails to impress. Like the rest of the creations of National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin, the edifice is a modernist monstrosity. It is a squat gray concrete, cold building, only made interesting by the huge fountain on its lawn and its huge chandeliers in the lobby made of capiz shells. Inside, it is an even more ghastly sight what with its flayed, moldy carpet, theater seats that badly need re-upholstery, and its general decrepit character. It has sadly turned from a grand dame to an aging, decrepit crone.However, the true gems inside the CCP are its performers--the best the Philippines has to offer--from theater, to ballet, to classical music, and sometimes the visual arts. It would be well worth it to catch a show at the CCP. However, this would be very tricky. CCP administrators are incompetent in promoting its shows to the public. There have only been a few instances when . While the CCP houses some of the best performers in the country, very few people actually go there to watch the shows. This of course, is a reflection of the dismal state of administration at CCP, particularly its dismal PR program. it also reflects poorly on Filipinos, who, it seems have been blessed with myriad talents in the arts but no appreciation for high art, beauty, and the numinous experience of art.It is of course the hope of art enthusiasts in the country to see a renaissance of CCP and to make the public learn not only to appreciate but support the performers of CCP.

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Poeple say it is Imelda Marcos folly but decades after it still stands proud. WHile not in the best condition, the ballet, plays and music offerings are superb. Check out their calendar of shows and be pleasantly surprised at some of the offerings. Cost of tickets vary from show to show...Matinees are a good way to seek shelter from rain and/or heat. Food inside the complex is not good. Cross the street and go around the baywalk and you find food to suit every budget.

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Lots of joggers in the afternoon, around 5pm-ish. Has a nice grassy area for chilling out also. Then head to Harbor Square for a snack after a run, kidding! :)

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