Cultural Center of the Philippines

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Cultural Center of the Philippines

The CCP logo, embodying Katotohanan (truth), Kagandahan (beauty), and Kabutihan (goodness)

Established: September 8, 1969
President: Nestor O. Jardin
Chairman: Paolo Abrera
Website: Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is the national center for the performing arts in the Philippines established in 1969 to promote and nurture artistic excellence and preserve Filipino culture and arts.



CCP was created in 1966, during President Ferdinand Marcos regime, through Executive Order No. 30. It was inaugurated in September 8, 1969, giving the Philippine culture and arts a home.

Under the supervision of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, it is attached to the Office of the President


The CCP aims to showcase Filipino artistic achievements as well as inspire to create original works with Filipino themes and tradition that will help make the arts accessible to all sectors of Philippine society. It cooperates with local groups in initiating and supporting the regional and local cultural centers through outreach programs.

It also covers film and broadcast arts and literary and visual arts to encourage growth and development of arts in the country. It gives workshops and seminars as well as anthologies, exhibits symposia, competition and awards.

CCP supports development of arts and culture through the help of with international organizations such as the Association of Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Centers, the Conseil International des Organisations de Festivals de Folklore et d'Arts Traditionnels, the World Dance Alliance, and the International Theatre Institute to have a peek of the beauty and diversity of cultures around the world.

Performance Venues

  • Tanghalang Pambansa

Tanghalang Pambansa is the CCP main building designed by the Filipino national artist in architecture, Leandro Locsin. It houses four theaters, a museum of ethnographic exhibits, changing exhibit of Philippine art or ethnography, galleries, a library, as well as the administrative offices and facilities of the CCP.

  • Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater)

The Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo is the main theater, named after Nicanor Abelardo, the Master of Kundiman (compositions such as Nasaan Ka Irog?, Bituing Marikit, Magbalik Ka Hirang, Kundiman ng Luha, and Mutya ng Pasig). The theater has four levels: Orchestra, Boxes, Balcony I, and Balcony II, that can accommodate a total of 1,823 guests. At the entrance of the orchestra section is the brass sculpture, The Seven Arts, created by the National Artist for Visual Arts Vicente Manansala The theater is equipped to meet the requirements of large theatrical productions such as ballets, operas, symphonic concerts, and other musicals and features a house curtain tapestry patterned after the Genesis (Simula) painting of the late National Artist Hernando Ocampo.

  • Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino (Little Theater)

The Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, is the "Little Theater" named after the Filipino playwright and dramatist, Aurelio Tolentino (wrote Kahapon (yesterday), Ngayon (today), at Bukas (tomorrow). This theater is a conventional proscenium stage, designed for drama, chamber music, solo recitals, lectures, and film screenings, with a capacity of 421 guests. The stage curtain is a tapestry made in Kyoto, Japan, based on the painting of Roberto Chabet, former director of the CCP Museum (Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino).

  • Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater)

The Tanghalang Huseng Batute is the "Studio Theater," named after Jose Corazon de Jesus more popularly known as Huseng Batute. This theater is designed for experimental production. It has two levels; the upper level which serves as a Gallery and the lower level which is a Studio. The lone dressing room, which can accommodate five persons at a time, is situated at the Lower Studio Level leading to the Buffeteria. The lobby of the theater is highlighted by a work of the Paete Wood Carvers after the painting of National Artist for the Visual Arts Carlos V. Francisco, "Abuse of Spanish Authorities."

  • Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater)

The Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas, more commonly known by its original name, the Folk Arts Theater, is a covered proscenium ampitheater where popular concerts are usually staged. It has a seating capacity of 8,458 in ten sections. It was named after Francisco Baltazar (or Francisco Balagtas), one of the country's greatest poets. In 1974, this was commissioned by First Lady Imelda Marcos for the Miss Universe Pageant.

  • Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater)

The Tanghalang Manuel Conde, is the Audio Visual Room, named in honor of Manuel Conde, a leading personality in Philippine Cinema. He is Manuel Pabustan Urbano in real life who directed Gengis Khan, the first Filipino film distributed worldwide by United Artists.

The venue is used for film and video screenings, lecture forums, seminars or as a mini-conference hall that has a 100 seating capacity.

Arts Resident Companies of CCP

There are several companies representing the difeerent art forms in CCP, among which are:

A. Dance Companies

1. Ballet Philippines
2. Philippine Ballet Theater
3. The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company
4. Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group

B. Theater Company

1. The Tanghalang Pilipino

C. Music Companies

1. Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Philippines' National Orchestra
3. UST Symphony Orchestra
4. Philippine Madrigal Singers
5. Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation




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