As the national center for performing arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has stood out for years as the truest embodiment of the spirit of the arts nationwide. Even though some may consider it to be a shell of its former self during seeing as the building has faded somewhat over the decades, the CCP is still lively with many terrific performances and exhibits.
Built in the 1960s, the center has held just about every classic opera and major play one can imagine, while also hosting recurring national troupes. Such groups include the Philippine Ballet Theater, the UST Symphony Orchestra, and the always entertaining Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group who perform even the most complex ethnic dances from the homeland with precision and strength.
In celebration of the oncoming winter holidays in the West, the main theater will be host to a modern rendition of the Nutcracker and will also host the National Theater Festival. The festival will feature a very saucy take on Romeo and Juliet transposed to a Muslim setting and with traditional dancing and music.
The CCP is located on Roxas Boulevard in Manila’s Pasay City and getting to the center is no real challenge. Simply hire a private taxi to Quezon Memorial Circle and go along Quezon Avenue until you reach Roxas Boulevard. The center also happens to be surrounded by amazing greenery and park space that is perfect for a stroll.