Oct 23, 2010

Celebrating Nationalism

My brother and I got invited to CCP watch the production which will be performed for the Shanghai World Expo next week.

We arrived extra early so we took some photos first around the venue.

We didn't know that we were up for one of the richest productions - in terms of music, costume, talent. (My brother was too lazy to get camera passes so we weren't able to take photos of the performance)

There were three main groups who performed:

Philippine Ballet

Philippine Fold Dancers 

UST Singers - who won Choir of the World this year

Some Photos of Jaime Zobel de Ayala was also featured in the set design. He was also there last night.

The two hour performance was divided into the geographic (distinguishing the differences of the three main islands of the Philippines), historic (from the Spanish invasion to Philippine independence) and diplomatic (exploring the relations of China and the Philippines which dates back to pre-colonial era)

The production that I enjoyed most was when Pandanggo sa Ilaw was danced. The light was dimmed to emphasize the moving lights and colorful costumes.

Words aren't enough. It was probably the most authentic Filipino performance I saw. You can really see the commitment of the people behind it.

It was also the first time that I got teary eyed when Lupang Hinirang was sang because the intensity of the production was really overwhelming.

Compared to the other plays/musicals, the crowed who got invited was very small. We were even able to sit at the 4th row from the front.

We still didn't want to go home so we went to the harbor to take more photos

That night really made me proud to be a Filipino:D

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