The country’s national center for the performing arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is a vast complex spread over 150 acres (62 hectares). Designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin, this is Manila’s go-to venue for ballet, classical music, and theater, as well as other local and international productions, performances, and festivals.
Built in the 1960s, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has been a key venue for the performing arts since its founding. It hosts national troupes such as the Philippine Ballet Theater, the UST Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.
It’s best to visit the center when there is a performance. If that’s not possible, it’s still an interesting venue to visit, renowned for its brutalist structures. Some sightseeing tours include a stop at the cultural center, along with other attractions such as Casa Manila, the Ayala Museum, and Fort Santiago.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Cultural Center of the Philippines is a must-see for visitors with an interest in the performing arts.
- Bring a light jacket as the air-conditioning inside can be very strong.
- The center is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Cultural Center of the Philippines is located on Roxas Boulevard in Manila’s Pasay City. It’s easiest to get there via taxi or jeepney. The closest LRT station is Vito Cruz, from which the orange shuttle bus runs to the center.
When to Get There
Visitors should check the calendar to see the schedule of performances at the Culture Center and arrange their visit accordingly.
Museum of Philippine Culture
Located on the fourth floor of the main building at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Museum of Philippine Culture focuses on the works of traditional Filipino artists. A permanent exhibit highlights Filipino artistic traditions, while another is focused on traditional Asian instruments from around the region. The museum also features a rotation of changing exhibitions and organizes workshops from time to time.