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SEPTEMBER

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TANGHALANG PILIPINO’S “BALAG AT ANGUD”
Onstage: theater; musical theater

An original Filipino musical written by Palanca Award-winner Layeta Bucoy, with


music by Dodjie and Upeng Fernandez of PATATAG fame and direction by Audie
Gemora. Opening Tanghalang Pilipino’s 32nd Theater Season, Balag at Angud
dramatizes the life of installation artist Junyee (Luis Yee Jr.) and his determined
struggle to express his passion for the transformation of the human person and his
environment.
Date: 31 August - 16 September
Time: Regular Shows: 3:00 PM (Friday) | 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM (Saturday) | 3:00 PM
(Sunday) | Special Shows: 7 & 14 September at 3:00 PM | 13 September at 3:00
PM 7 8:00 PM
Ticket: P 1,000 | 800
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

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MPO OPUS 20: TRAILBLAZING MUSIC EXCELLENCE
Onstage: music; classical music

The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a


concert that renders classical pieces with a modern twist! The first part of the
concert showcases significant classical pieces that have defined the early
beginnings of the MPO and features Dean Raul Sunico. The second half will
reminisce how the orchestra has evolved into something more relevant and
instrumental in bringing symphonic music closer to the hearts of the Filipino
people by pioneering out-of–the-box ideas like the Philharmonic in Jeans
Concert series. This portion will also highlight the orchestra’s current spirited
involvement in the local musical theater and concert scenes and will feature the
UST Singers and Asia’s Nightingale, Ms. Lani Misalucha.
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P 3,500 | 3,000 |2,500 | 2,000 | 1,000 | 500

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KABATAANG GITARISTA (KG) 6TH ANNIVERSARY RECITAL
Onstage: music; classical music

A performance of solo classical, Filipino and popular works as well as ensemble pieces to be performed by
members of the Kabataang Gitarista, a classical guitar ensemble of public junior high school students in
Manila, Pasay and Parañaque under the tutelage of Maestro Jose Valdez. Members from the KG Bicol
Chapter under the tutelage of Mr. Angelo Inting will also be performing for the first time at the CCP.
Time: 2:00 PM
Venue: CCP Silangan Hall
FREE!
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TRIPLE THREATS: THE MUSICAL THEATER COUPLES
“MR. & MRS. SEÑA”
Onstage: music; musical theater; musical revue

Through the years the personal and professional collaboration of musical theater couple Robert Seña and
Isay Alvarez-Seña has given birth to wonderful pieces of theater. From their youth as part of the original cast
of Miss Saigon artists, to their current status as musical theater artists, producers and teachers, the concert
will trace a musical journey taken together filled with growth, love and passion.
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Ticket: P 1,200 | 1,000 | 800

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BALLET PHILIPPINES’ “CARMINA BURANA”
Onstage; dance, ballet, contemporary

Ballet Philippines opens the 49th Season with one of its most unparalleled pieces, Alice Reyes’ Carmina
Burana. The performance highlights the power, drama, passion and emotion of Carl Off’s magnum opus
taken from 13th century Goliard poetry. One of the most opulent and grandiose pieces to be staged, Carmina
Burana, is a captivating sensorial experience that interpret sentiments of joy, drunken elation and religious
satire through bodies on stage, moving in unison to create haunting imagery. The ABS CBN Philharmonic
Orchestra accompanies the piece with a beautiful rendition of Carl Off’s masterpiece under the baton of
maestro Gerard Salonga. Ethereal yet powerful vocals by the Madrigal Singers will fill the theatre with
melodic whispers, hymnal screams and jubilant shouts. The program will feature choreographic gems from
the company’s dynamic repertoire including, former Ballet Philippines Principal Dancer and Premiere
Danseur of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Brando Miranda’s vigorous, lively and spirited, Vivaldi Concerto,
along with American director-choreographer, Norman Walker’s first piece for Ballet Philippines, Season Of
Flight, sharing the stage with the premiere of a new piece from one of BP’s talented young choreographers,
Ronelson Yadao.
Date & Time: 7 September at 8:00 PM | 8 - 9 September at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Vanue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P 3,000 | 2,500 | 1,500 | 600 | 300

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BUHAY, PAG-IBIG AT DALANGIN:
MGA AWITING LIKHA NI BING PIMENTEL
Onstage: music

A benefit concert featuring songs composed by Bing Pimentel with Dulce, Isay Alvarez, Bimbo Cerrudo, Dot
Balasbas and Pow Chavez; co-presented by the Community Chest Foundation and the Cultural Center of the
Philippines. Directed by Dennis Marasigan, with Herminigildo Ranera as Musical Director and conductor.
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Lobby (CCP Main Theater Lobby)
INVITATIONAL
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WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME?
FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND IDEAS
Festival: onstage, workshops, forums, poetry reading, film screening

For its second year, the Festival of Arts and Ideas engages artistic expression with issues concerning
mental health conditions, resilience and healing. The festival’s main components include an exhibit
inspired by the Julia Buencamino bench project, a paper crane tree installation, film screenings,
workshops, performances, poetry readings, forums and other interactive activities. Be part of this
festival and help overcome the stigma of mental illness and shed light on the struggle with mental
conditions.
Date: 14 – 16 September
Venues: Various CCP venues
Ticket: P200
Festival Pass: P500
Wristband: Minimum suggested donation of P50 (for free events)

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PPO’s 45th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SERIES I:
MONIQUE DUPHIL, PIANO
YOSHIKAZU FUKUMURA, CONDUCTOR
Onstage: music; classical music

The PPO begins its 45th Anniversary celebration and opens its 36th Concert Season with a selection of classics
that include Stravinsky’s Greeting Prelude (Happy Birthday), Rossini’s Semiramide Overture, Johann Christian
Bach’s Sinfonia in Bb, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2 under the baton of
Yoshikazu Fukumura. Featured soloist is internationally-renowned concert pianist Monique Duphil, hailed by
critics for her “flawless technique, power, and a sound, lively musical imagination,” Join us in celebrating 45th
Anniversary!
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
(CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P 1,500 | 1,200 | 800 | 500 | 400

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THE BUTTERFLY LOVERS
Onstage: music, Chinese classical music, Chinese traditional music
Philippine Cultural College Chinese Orchestra will once again showcase a grand performance of various
classical Chinese pieces such as “The Dance of the Yi Tribe” as well as famous themes from the literary works
“The Legend of the White Snake” and “The Butterfly Lovers” to be performed by distinguished world-class solo
artists accompanied by the PCC Cultural College Chinese Orchestra under the baton of Simon Kong Su Leong.
Leong is a crossover musician who has devoted his life to composing, arranging, conducting, performing,
organizing and teaching Chinese traditional music. “The Butterfly lovers,” fondly called the “Chinese Romeo
and Juliet,” is a tragic love story of two star-crossed lovers whose forbidden love led them to reconcile only as
butterflies after their deaths. Duan Ai Ai, a National Class One Musician noted for her delicate and expressive
playing, will be performing this original violin concerto on the erhu.
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
FREE!

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CIVIL SERVICER COMMISSION - GOVERNMENT CHORAL COMPETITION
Competition: choral competition

The Government Choral Competition is one of the highlights of the upcoming 118th Philippine Civil Service
Anniversary which aims to showcase musical creativity of talented government employees, promote Filipino
culture and arts through choral singing, and inculcate in the minds of public servants a culture of excellence
in public service.
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
INVITATIONAL

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PAGBABALIK TANAW SA UNANG HARI NG BALAGTASAN
Onstage: music, dance, ventriloquism, poetry, spoken word

This onstage extravaganza is a repeat staging of the very successful production which
celebrates the life and works of Filipino poet Jose Corazon de Jesus, also known as
Huseng Batute, and his contributions to Philippine literature, music, and culture, as
narrated by renowned theater actors and performers. Pagbabalik-Tanaw features
poetry readings by leading actors, contemporary dance performances, classical
renditions of kundimans, ventriloquism, traditional balagtasan and modern fliptop,
and other artistic performances.

Date: 21 - 23 September
Venue: Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)

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CCP GALA: KING, THE CONCERT
(Tribute to National Artist Lucrecia R. Kasilag)
Onstage: theater, music, classical music, choral music, dance, ballet

The CCP commemorates the Centennial Birth Anniversary of former CCP President and Artistic Director,
National Artist for Music Lucrecia R. Kasilag, with a grand showcase of her prominent works to be performed
by guest artists led by the CCP resident companies: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines,
Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Madrigal Singers and
Tanghalang Pilipino. Tita King was an educator, composer, performing artist, administrator and cultural
entrepreneur of national and international caliber. She made it her personal mission to sharpen the Filipino
audience’s appreciation of music. She worked to discover the Filipino roots through ethnic music and merged
this with Western influences – an approach has inspired many Filipino composers to follow her lead and
experiment. She dared to incorporate indigenous Filipino instruments in orchestral productions.

Date: 21 - 22 September
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

26 SPECIAL CONCERT SERIES III: ARTHUR ESPIRITU, TENOR


Onstage: music, classical music, art songs

Praised for his beautiful lyric voice with agility and color, capable of conveying broad range of characters.
Described as singing “superbly with beautiful legato, a regal tenor”, Mr. Espiritu has been steadily
establishing himself as an accomplished bel canto tenor and has had success with lyric repertoire as well. He
has portrayed a wide array of leading tenor roles in the most prestigious opera houses in different parts of
the world. Mr. Espiritu will also conduct a voice masterclass for students in the collegiate level.
Date: 26 September (Concert) | 27 - 30 September (Voice Masterclass)
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) - Concert | Silangan Hall - Voice Masterclass

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PHILIPPINE BALLET THEATRE’S CINDERELLA
Onstage: dance, ballet, classical ballet

PPBT presents a story about a poor orphan who turns into a princess
with the help of a fairy godmother. The well-loved story is by French
choreographer Jean Paul Comelin and staged by PBT’s artistic
director Ronilo Jaynario to the music of Russian composer Sergei
Prokofiev.
Date: 28 - 30 September
Time: 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P 2,000 | 1,500 | 1,000 | 800 | 500 | 100

OCTOBER

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THE CCP CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SERIES: NEO-FILIPINA
Onstage: dance, contemporary dance

Geared for the established choreographers who are primed to create major works in collaboration with
artists of various disciplines in a formal proscenium stage, with dramaturgical support and mentorship.
Featured choreographers include Carissa Adea, Mia Cabalfin, Eisa Jocson, and and EA Torrado.
Date: 6 - 7 October
Time: 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Ticket: P 500
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BALLET PHILIPPINES’ INNOVATORS:
CARMEN AND OTHER DANCES
Onstage: dance, ballet, contemporary
The second in a series of retrospectives, Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances presents the exemplary works
that defined modern dance in the Philippines during 90s and 2000s. This collection of pieces reflects that
depth and breadth of Ballet Philippines as an integral force and influence on performing arts. It highlights
visionary and innovative choreographers of the era: Bam Damian, Denisa Reyes and Alden Lugnasin with
each presenting two identifying and definitive contributions to BP’s incomparable repertoire.
Date & Time: 5 October at 8:00 PM |
6 - 7 October at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P 3,000 | 2,500 | 1,500 | 600 | 300

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TANGHALANG PILIPINO’S “ANG PAG-UUSIG”
Onstage: theater

Winner of six Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards 2017, Ang Pag-uusig, a translation of Arthur Miller’s The
Crucible by Jerry Respeto, dramatizes the vicious human desires for self-preservation of individuals in a
community of self-righteous, judgmental and controlling powerful elite, under the direction of Dennis
Marasigan.
Date: 5 - 28 October
Time: 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)
Ticket: P 1,000 | 800

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TRIPLE THREATS: THE MUSICAL THEATER COUPLES
“KITANG DALAWA”
Onstage: music; musical theater; musical revue

The repertoire of “Kitang dalawa” covers a wide range of musical genres that theater artists Ayen Munji-Laurel
and Franco Laurel have explored from Broadway to Original Filipino musicals in which both have starred. They
will also share with audience their forays into Pop, Jazz, Gospel and Kundiman. And being the Laurels, a few
fully choreographed production numbers should be expected.
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Ticket: P 1,200 | 1,000 | 800

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PPO’s 45th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SERIES II:
LEE CHIN SIOW, VIOLIN
YOSHIKAZU FUKUMURA, CONDUCTOR
Onstage: music; classical music

Praised for her “electrifying” performances and ability to “seduce listeners” with her charismatic stage
presence, Lee-Chin Siow, Gold medal winner of the Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition,
performs Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, in G minor with the PPO, under the baton ofYoshikazu
Fukumura. The programme also includes Berlioz’s Le Corsaire Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4,
Op. 36, in F minor
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P 1,500 | 1,200 | 800 | 500

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BAKA NAMAN HINDI
Onstage: theater

This translation of Georges Feydeau’s “A Flea in Her Ear” by Virgilio “Beer” Flores, with the direction of
Dennis Marasigan, brings back the rollicking sex comedy popular in the Early 1980s. In this farcical French
play set in France at the turn of the 20th Century, a woman, suspecting her lawyer husband of having an
affair, plots to catch him in the act.
Date: 18 – 21 October
Time: 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Ticket: P 1,200 | 1,000

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AKAPELLA OPEN INTERNATIONAL 2018 (FINALS NIGHT)
Competition: choral music, contemporary acapella competition

Deemed to be the first of its kind in the country, Akapela Open is a competition among local and
international groups for contemporary a cappella ensemble singing. Conceived in 2013 by Ryan Cayabyab as
a national competition for contemporary acapella, Akapela Open is also a movement to promote the love for
contemporary acappella singing and the appreciation for vocal harmony performance; to provide a venue for
new arrangements of Philippine and international contemporary vocal music; to provide growth experiences
for singers and arrangers; and to cultivate a community of contemporary a cappella singers. Akapela Open
has produced winners who have since joined international competitions and have won top prizes from these.
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P 200

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UST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT II
Onstage: music, classical music

The USTO, under the baton of Reynato Resurreccion, Jr., performs classical works of the masters for its
second season concert. Featured soloists include Mary Anne Espina on piano and Melchora Regina Perez on
violin.
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Ticket: P1,000 | 800 | 700 | 600 | 400 | 300

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TRICKS AND MUSICAL TREATS, A PPO FAMILY CONCERT
Onstage: music, classical music, pops, light classics

The CCP celebrates Halloween with a special production for children of


all ages featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Pre-concert
activities include an instruments petting zoo where children can try to
play different orchestral instruments. There will also be trick-or-treat
and other lobby activities where loot bags of surprises are given away.
Children are encouraged to come in their best costumes!
Date: 27 - 30 October
Time: 2:30 PM - Instrument Petting Zoo | 3:00 PM - Trick or Treat | 4:00
PM - Concert
Venue: Little Theater Lobby: Instruments Petting Zoo | Main Theater Lobby: Trick-or-Treat | Tanghalang
Nicanor Abelardo: Concert
Ticket: P 600 | 500 | 300