In line with their 50th anniversary, The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) unveiled on Tuesday, Sept. 10, memorial markers installed at the lobby of their main theater.
The markers commemorate the important role played by CCP in promoting, preserving, and developing the Philippine arts and culture in the past 50 years.
“Dedicated to the Filipino people on this 8th day of September 1969, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is a fulfillment of the decades-long quest of countless Filipino artists and government officials for a national theater to be the premier venue for the country’s best original Filipino artistic productions, to serve as the repository of the Filipino spirit expressed in arts and culture, and as an institution to discover, develop, and promote the next generation of Filipino talents and their works to the broadest audience,” read a portion of one of the markers.
The markers also recognize that the CCP was built in pursuance of Executive Order No. 30 series of 1966 under the direction of then First Lady Imelda Marcos and was designed by National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture Leandro Locsin.
Prior to the unveiling, CCP chairperson Margie Moran Floirendo and Board of Trustees member Baltazar Endriga read the full text of the markers in English and Filipino, respectively
CCP president Arsenio Lizado, the Board of Trustees led by Floirendo, and other executives of the institution were present during the unveiling. Former presidents and chairpersons of CCP, and the family of Locsin also attended the event.
Kabataang Gitarista performed Prelude Etnika of National Artist Lucresia Kasilag while Philippine Madrigal Singers, one of the resident companies of CCP, sang Tanghalan Naming Mahal during the event.
Meanwhile, CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado shared that the 50-year old CCP building will soon be declared an architectural landmark.
“In the law, once a building made by, designed by a national artist turns 50 becomes also an architectural landmark or treasure,” Millado told reporters after the unveiling of the markers.
“These are just markers crafted by the CCP but the National Museum will also be putting up its marker declaring it as an architectural land,” the CCP executive added.
Since it opened its doors to the public for the premiere of ‘The Golden Salakot: Isang Dularawan’ in Sept. 8, 1969, CCP hasproduced and presented music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary, film and other allied arts from the Philippines and all over the world.
The institution seeks to become the leading institution for arts and culture, not just in the Philippines, but in the Southeast Asia, by promoting artistic excellence and nurturing the broadest audiences.