February is the National Arts Month in the Philippines. It’s when Filipino artists and art enthusiasts find time to enjoy the wonders of artful creations and creative self-expressions that actually help to mold our culture. Even it’s already March you can still celebrate the Pinoy arts when you travel in the nicest places especially for art enthusiasts. Where to go?
Though we know that Filipinos have many arts, the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) focus on 7 forms namely visual arts, literary, music, dancing, architecture, cinema and theater arts. In connection with this list, here the places to visit for one-of-a-kind art experience:
Cinema- U.P. Film Center, Diliman (Quezon City)
U.P. Film center is not just only open for up students, but also for people wanting to watch and learn fantastic classic Filipino movies through the years. It is also serve as venues to watch alternative and independent movies that perhaps didn’t become commercially successful, but give meaty stories and world-class qualities. Furthermore, U.P Film Center is also offer some very affordable symposiums and seminars conducted by the who’s who in the Philippine film industry.
Visual Arts- Angono, Rizal
In case you don’t yet, Angono Rizal is the Art Capital of the Philippines. It is where two national artists Lucio San Pedro (music) and Carlos “Botong” Fransico (visual arts) born , as well as the other renown visual artists such as Jose ‘Pitok’ Blanco and Nemesio Miranda. You can visit, their art gallery or museum to see their artistry.
If you can’t go to Rizal, you can visit National Art gallery or National Museum to check wider collections of art pieces of Filipino artists.
Dancing, Theater and Music- CCP Complex (Pasay City)
Cultural Center of the Philippines should be first in your list if your priority is to watch best of the best dance groups in the land, as well as choral bands and theater plays. In addition to this, CCP is the home of Cinemalaya: The Independent Film Festival. Meantime, one of the famous concert venues Aliw Theater is also within CCP complex just like the Manila Film Center, where you can always watch the extravagant Amazing Philippine Show.
Architecture- around Intramuros and Lawton (Manila City)
Architectural buildings and infrastructure are scattered in different places in the country. Old and classical are most likely churches built during Spanish Era such as San Agustin Church of Paoay (a National Cultural Treasure and UNESCO world heritage site earthquake baroque) in Ilocos and Saint Gregory the Great Parish Church or Majayjay church (romansque architecture built in 1649) in Laguna.
Speaking of classical buildings, the city of Manila have many samples to boast like the Post Office Building, Manila City hall, and Metropolitan Theater in Lawton Manila. The architects of Manila Central Post office are Juan M. Arellano and Tomas Mapua and classified as neoclassical architecture.