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Performing Arts in the Philippines

INTRODUCTION

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:

POPULAR THEATERS

  • 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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