CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado expressing gratitude to the participants and audience of Pasinaya 2017 during the People’s Gala. Photo by Jj Ibarreta The Cultural Center of Philippines (CCP) recently held the Pasinaya Festival 2017 at the CCP Complex in Pasay City. The event brought together the biggest gathering of the multi-arts in the Philippines with the theme “Arts for Peace,” which aims to leverage the beauty and diversity of arts in promoting national unity. Philippine Madrigal Singers and Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abellardo at the CCP Complex in Pasay City. Photo by Jj Ibarreta CCP’s resident companies that participated during the event included the Ballet Philippines, Bayanihan Philippine Folk Dance Company, National Competitions for Young Artists, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino, and the UST Symphony Orchestra. Sining Palawan Dance Troupe of Palawan State University showcasing a wedding folk dance. Photo by Jj Ibarreta The event also featured a series of workshops wherein participants were given the opportunity to be taught with introductory modules by prominent local artists and companies. Twelve museums around Metro Manila also participated in the festivities opening their houses to museumgoers. The new museums that supported the event included the Avellana Gallery, Galleria Duemila, The Museum at De La Salle University -Manila, GSIS Museum, 98B Collaboratory and Liwasag Balagtas, Pandacan. Since its inception, Pasinaya has evolved into a venue for more than 70,000 art and cultural enthusiasts to experience the beauty and richness of Philippine arts and culture. The CCP is looking to further enhance the festival in the future by enlisting the participation of more cultural and performing companies, as well as museums.