CCP shines arts to the light with ‘Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas’

Published November 16, 2021, 1:43 PM

by Joe Priela

A reflection on the stories past, on-going struggles, and fervent hopes for a better normal.

Sinag 2021 poster

Celebrating its 52nd founding anniversary this year, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) looks back on the year that was. To reflect on our current disposition and anticipate what the future brings for the artistic sector and the country, through a light, projection, and sound spectacle for Sinag 2021.

Slated for Nov. 18 to 21, 2021, Sinag 2021 will have the CCP’s iconic building façade serve as a canvas for a projection mapping conceptualized and executed by renowned projection designer, GA Fallarme.

Featuring CCP’s archival footages and some visual elements to add texture, volume, and movement to an otherwise static element, the projection show revolves arounds the theme “Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas” as a reflection on the stories past, ongoing struggles, and fervent hopes for a better normal.

Starting off, “Kahapon” pays tribute to the Filipino audiences who have been an important part of the CCP journey through the decades. Accompanied by singer/composer Ebe Dancel’s “Manatili,” this segment will showcase images of the then audience and timelapse footage of people filling in the various CCP theaters and spaces.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines at night

The second segment, “Ngayon,” contemplates on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the country, particularly, the art community, through a short animation. It features the story and illustration by Joel “Făbô” Fabonan, animated by Fallarme, with National Artist Lucrecia Kasilag’s Divertissement as music bed. The animation video delves into the people’s sentiments during this pandemic, and how arts became their haven in this trying time. It highlights how the CCP continues to execute its mandate to bring arts and culture closer to the Filipino people in the safety of their homes. As the Center prepares to reopen its doors, the animation video reiterates that the CCP remains the home of the Filipino artists.

Closing the curtains is “Bukas,” set in electro-pop music by Joee Mejias, a fun and quirky video will be shown where a CCP trickster invades the virtual world.

Designed by the CCP artistic and technical team led by Danila Villanueva and Louie Alcoran, the light show intensifies the artistic ambiance with creative interlude of lights and sounds in the fountain and other areas. Inspired by an original design by Teddy Hilado, “A Little Light Music,” set to Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” the presentation will showcase the facets of the building in a new light.

Don’t miss out on the on-site and online launch of Sinag 2021 on Nov. 18, 7p.m., livestreamed at CCP’s official Facebook page.