Anywhere We Sing Is Home: The CCP’s 54th Anniversary Gala, on September 9, 8pm, and September 10, 3pm, at the Samsung Performing Arts Center, the CCP breaks boundaries and embraces what is uniquely Filipino with a special gala concert.
Despite the closure of its Main Building, the relocation of its offices, and changes in leadership and systems, the concert will celebrate all Filipino artists who embody grit, perseverance, adaptability, and resilience that has enabled them to excel on wherever stage they conquer. Highlighting the Filipino talents’ artistic journey, reflecting their triumphs and even failures, the concert is a testament that wherever in the world Filipino artists perform, they make that stage their own home.
Directed by Floy Quintos, the anniversary concert features artists who made their marks in both the local and international performing arts scene, namely Joanna Ampil, Aicelle Santos Zambrano, Gerald Santos, Sheila Francisco, Gab Pangilinan, Reb Atadero, and Arman Ferrer, performing with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Toma Cayabyab.
In an interview with PalabasTayo.com, members of the cast, together with Mister C express the importance of art & culture and how the CCP has contributed to their cultural awakening.
Aicelle Santos says “Art & Culture gives the youth inspiration, guidance, and direction to the paths that will lead them to what they can become in the future”.
Ryan Cayabyab points out that “Art & culture is what builds the soul of a nation and it is very important to treat this as a very impactful and important connection with the people because they themselves are the culture”.
“Arts & Culture are a building block of any nation. It is impossible to move a nation forward without knowing what brought you here, knowing how people came together, to communicate with each other, to hand down traditions, music, film, poems, and all the literary wonders of the Philipines”. Reb Atadero professed. “It’s such an important tool to go into the 21st century and beyond, and I love that the CCP is at the forefront of that”. Atadero added.
Gab Pangilinan articulates that “It has the capacity of changing people literally, no matter what anybody says. You will always go back to art and culture even if at times it seems that it’s something that you could put aside or undervalue. In a bigger sense like nation-building, a song could move people for whatever reason.” Pangilinan also discloses, “For a really young kid, being brought to CCP to watch “Miss Saigon” or “Wicked”, for me, being part of the audience and being like “oh my gosh, one day I want to be able to do something like that. Look where I am now. I guess it has made such a huge impact in my life.”
Watch the full interview below:
Under the music direction of National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, the artists will perform well-loved Filipino music, Broadway, and classical songs such as Iisa ang Tibok from Rama Hari, American Dream from Ms. Saigon, I Don’t Know How to Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar, and Awit ni Isagani, among others.
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