The Pasinaya Open House Festival showcased a performance collective of contemporary culture and art.
From various workshops to captivating performances, this year’s Pasinaya, one of the country’s largest multi-arts festivals, focused on the deeper aspect of understanding Philippine culture, as well as nurturing the passion of Filipinos for endearing art and talent, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) over the weekend, February 3 and 4.
In celebration of its 14th year, the Pasinaya Open House Festival, with the theme “Pusuan ang Sining,” featured performances from its CCP resident companies and other invited performers. Along with the appreciation of Philippine artistry and creativity, Pasinaya aims to promote and cultivate the Filipinos’ need to protect our local artistry. With its “see-all-you-can” and “pay-what-you-can” system, many Filipinos have been drawn to participate in the educational and cultural promotion that Pasinaya renders to its guests.
CCP and its partner venues, including 14 museums across Manila, each became a home of local entertainment for hundreds of Filipinos as the two-day festival exhibited different genres of music, art, theatre, and dance among others. With an atmosphere that exudes with local flair, the audience’s enthusiasm became an overwhelming surprise with the influx of attendees. According to one of the event’s usherettes, Ms. Cathy Arzobal, the approximate number of total participants reached at least 70,000 for the two-day event.
Dubbed “Pasinaya: Palihan at Palabas,” the festival offered workshops, trainings, and leisure for the attendees on its first day. While on the second day, the event paved the way for a feast of visual arts through film screenings, art exhibitions, and performances.
Additionally, as part of this year’s celebration, organizations from the College under the Office of Culture and Arts (OCA) showed their dedication to the arts by partaking in the event including performances from Coro San Benildo, Karilyo, Dulaang Filipino, and Saint Benilde Romancon Dance Company (SBRDC).
“For the first part, the concept of the dance is finding the light and then for the hip-hop piece the title of the song is Small Talk and when we dance, the piece is about technology and millennials, parang forgetting to converse genuinely,” Jom Vidal, one SBRDC’s senior dancers, said in an interview with The Benildean, adding the underlying messages behind each dance piece are finding the right path in life and encouraging genuine conversations instead of using technology.
Meanwhile, the final performance to Dong Abay’s song “Banal na Aso” also became a reflection of modern day societal issues. “It’s about the hierarchy and society na ginagawalan natin and the different roles ng mga tao,” Vidal added.
Ultimately, the festival was a celebration of Filipino culture that’s often hidden beneath society’s passion for the mainstream. It was a reminder to uphold Filipino roots, as well as commitment to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage.
Photos by Kyle Bustos