February is National Arts month in the Philippines, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 683, issued in 1991. It is a month of celebrating Filipino talent and genius, and an awesome time when people can soak in culture and the arts! This month, do yourself a favor and check out the following events all around the Metro:
1. Pasinaya 2015
When: February 15, 2015, from 7 am to 7pm
Where: The Cultural Center of the Philippines
The Pasinaya is a one-day open house festival which would feature productions of the CCP from its resident companies like Ballet Philippines, UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and more, There are also art markets, trade and fair exhibits, plus partner museums to go to! The CCP has partnered with museums like The National Museum of the Philippines, Bahay Tsinoy, De La Salle College of St. Benilde’s Museum of Contemporary Arts & Design (MCAD), Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and even Museo Pambata.
What’s super awesome about this festival is its “Pay what you can, see all you can” scheme, which allows everyone to witness as many performances and visit as many galleries as they can, in exchange for a donation. Their suggested donation is P50, which is extremely affordable even for students! You can even download a schedule of all the performances and plan out your day at the festival. This festival happens only once a year, so it really shouldn’t be missed.
For more information and performance schedules, visit http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/single-tickets/view-event/?id=24595311.
2. Project Bakawan Arts Festival
When: February 6- March 14, 2015
Where: UP Diliman Campus
Project Bakawan is an arts festival held in various spots inside the UP DIliman campus, featuring installation art and photography exhibits, various workshops like kite-making and bike design, film festivals, talks, plus a lot of musical and artistic performances. It is probably one of the best and cheapest (it’s open for everyone and it’s for free!) events to go to, if you want to see raw talent and interact with people with the same interests. Plus, the venues are all so accessible. Project Bakawan has something for everyone, whether you like chilling out in a concert, learning something new, or enjoying the sun while flying kites!
For more information, visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectBakawan
3. Art Fair Philippines
When: February 5-8 2015, 10am- 9pm
Where: 6F & 7F, The Link Carpark, Ayala Center, Makati City
Well, this post is kinda late for the event, but it might remind you to catch the next one! Set in a carpark in the heart of urban Makati, the Art Fair Philippines has become the country’s premiere platform for Filipino Contemporary Art. This year, the public can visit 33 amazing galleries, featuring some of the best Filipino artists PLUS artists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan. There will also be talks from artists, curators and specialists in Christie’s Art Forum. Visit the art fair and see the exciting art landscape of the Philippines (and beyond), get to know, and more importantly, support local contemporary art!
Entrance tickets are at Php150.00, Php 50.00 for students with ID’s, and FREE for students from Makati (with valid ID’s), BPI credit card holders and Globe Platinum card holders.
Check their Facebook page for more information on the exhibits: https://www.facebook.com/artfairph
4. Ani ng Dangal exhibits and performances
The Ani ng Dangal Awards, a state recognition by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, recognizes artists, cultural workers and works which have gained international accolades. The awards will be given on February 12, and exhibits featuring photos and other memorabilia from the awardees will be shown in SM North ( February 13-20), SM Megamall (February 21-27) and Rizal Park (February 28). The public will also be treated to Ani ng Dangal performances in different venues all throughout February.
The NCCA will also hold closing ceremonies for the National Arts month in Rizal Park on February 28, which again will feature various cultural performances.
See the NCCA website for more details on the exhibits, performances and the ceremonies: http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-ncca/press-releases/press-release.php?i=200
5. Fringe Manila
When: February 12 – March 1 2015
Where: Various spots around the metro! (A lot in De La Salle- College of St. Benilde, and the CCP)
Fringe Manila is a part of the World Fringe Network (WFN), which is a network of independent Fringe festivals that celebrate local art and culture. This year, Fringe Manila will bring us exhibits, theater and dance performances, concerts, spoken word, comedy acts, film festivals and more. It is an exciting time to witness awesome Filipino artists of different ages, and stages in their work. Also, a lot of events will be performed by students, so you can actually get a preview of the future of the local art scene. Ticket prices vary per event, so it’s best to plan ahead! There will be over 90+ events, so budget wisely and try to go to acts and performances you’ve never seen before!
Check this online guide for a preview of the events and the schedule! http://www.joomag.com/magazine/fringe-manila-2015-official-program-guide/0821162001422114999?short
You can also purchase tickets on ticketworld. https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/Online/
Of course, there are tons of other things you could do to celebrate National Arts Month! Visit heritage churches, check out galleries and museums, and get creative yourself! Doodle, paint, learn a new song, dance or create something new. Allow yourself to breathe and look at things differently. Celebrate art, freedom, creativity and imagination!