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CCP: Home of Arts and Culture Edit

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Lorrianne Aryenz Valdecantos  • Contributor
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The CCP Complex is an 88-hectare playground for sports, culture, and art junkies. Its public open spaces are teeming with health enthusiasts, exercising, running, or biking in the early morning or late afternoon. 

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Dominating the CCP Complex is the National Theater building or the Tanghalang Pambansa


Designed by the National Artist Leandro Locsin, the National Theater hosts several activities across various fields of art, such as architecture, film, theater, visual arts, dance, music, literature, and new media.

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The National Theater is home to two permanent galleries, the Juan Luna Gallery and the Diwa: Buhay, Ritwal, at Sining gallery. The former showcases traditional visual arts in the Philippines, putting the limelight on Juan Luna, the most celebrated among Filipino artists.

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Meanwhile, the latter displays indigenous weapons, ornaments, sacred objects, and handmade musical instruments unique to Southeast Asia. 


You are also free to view the National Theater’s five small galleries and hallways, which feature temporary exhibits from emerging artists here and abroad.

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Also housed in this building, the CCP Library and Archive are a delightful treasure chest of books, audio, and video, on music, theater, film, literature, drama, ballet, scriptwriting, language, and humanities-related studies. 


Listening or viewing music and films. You may also reproduce such copies on CDs for non-commercial use.

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Established in 1966, the CCP Complex was built with the vision, “a Filipino national culture evolving with and for the people”. Today, the CCP may be as old as the creak and reek of its elevators and red carpets, but it’s busier and more widely accessible than ever.

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Sections of the CCP Complex

CCP Exhibition Halls

The CCP Museum


Through its permanent exhibit called "Diwa: Buhay, Ritwal, at Sining", the Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino is an arts and humanities museum that displays a sampling of Filipino customs, traditions, beliefs, traditional tribal houses, and an array of indigenous musical instruments.


The Little Theater Lobby on the basement is an ideal venue for murals, large-scale paintings, art installations, and open exhibits.

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Little Theater Lobby (Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco)


The Little Theater Lobby on the basement is an ideal venue for murals, large-scale paintings, art installations, and open exhibits.

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Three Hallway Exhibits


Located on the upper floors of the National Theater, these three hallways display changing exhibits from both local and international artists.

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  • Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (second floor museum hallway)
  • Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (third floor museum hallway)
  • Pasilyo Victorio Edades (fourth floor museum hallway)
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CCP Galleries

Main Gallery (Bulwagang Juan Luna, free)


The Main Gallery highlights artworks from the notable artist Juan Luna. The rest of the exhibits, similarly provoking, are displayed for a year.

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Small Gallery (Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo)


The Small Gallery on the fourth floor is an intimate space for small exhibitions and installations.

CCP Theaters

Folk Arts Theater (Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas)


With about 8,450 seats, this amphitheater holds major concerts and gatherings.

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Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo)


With about 1,800 seats, the Main Theater is built to accommodate large theatrical productions such as ballets, operas, symphonic concerts, and others.

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Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino)


With a capacity of about 420 seats, the Little Theater is designed for drama, chamber music, solo recitals, lectures, and film screenings.

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Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute)


The Studio Theater serves as a two-level stage for experimental production. The upper-level functions as a gallery, while the lower level functions as a versatile studio.

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Dream Theater (Tanghalang Manuel Conde)


The Dream Theater screens art and culture films and videos, sometimes free for viewing

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