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Performing Arts in the Philippines


Metro Manila is the center of entertainment and culture activities. The premiere venue for the performing arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines features world-class performances by local and international guest artists.

Manila's theater calendar is booked most weekends of the year. Theater fare ranges from classical ballet to "Neo-Filipino" modern dance; Broadway musicals to socially-relevant Filipino plays; zarzuela to musica; variety shows; classical music by full orchestra or chamber ensembles to pop/rap music concerts.

The following are the more popular venues for performances:


  • Cultural Center of the Philippines
    CCP Complex
    Tel: 832-1125
    The Main Theater is the venue for performances of the Philippine Philarmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, and of most gala performances; the Little Theater is the venue for smaller productions.
  • Folk Arts Theater
    CCP Complex
    Tel: 833-3640
    Favorite venue for pop/rock concerts and musical variety shows.
  • Manila Metropolitan Theater
    Liwasang Bonifacio
    Tel: 48-4721
    The "grand dame" of Manila's theaters; art deco architecture reminiscent of 1920-30s; favorite venue for revivals of zarzuelas and all-time favorite musicals.
  • Paco Park
    Paco, Manila
    Al fresco setting for classical musical programs taped for TV and occasional poetry readings on Friday evenings.
  • Rajah Sulayman Theater
    Fort Santiago, Manila
    Tel: 49-6569
    Historical setting for contemporary plays staged by PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association)
  • Shaw Theater
    EDSA Plaza
    Home of Repertory Philippines, the Filipino theater group which produces contemporary Western plays and trains world-class performers like Lea Salonga and Monique Wilson.
  • F. Santiago Hall
    PCIB I Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
    Tel: 817-1021
    Home of the Manila Chamber Orchestra, 20 dynamic young musicians play popular classical music in July-January season.

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