The Philippines is a country of many talents. From singing, dancing, acting—just about anything performance-related to be honest—the country is recognized as among the best places to look. 

To accommodate Filipinos’ strong fascination with showmanship and entertainment, infrastructures were built for the sole purpose of displaying and admiring the country’s most gifted in the arts—one of which was the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). 

When was it built? 

Construction of the complex started in 1966 and finished three years after on September 8, 1969. It was built to host a variety of mixed-cultural performances and exhibitions of different local and international productions.

Who commissioned it? 

Then-President Ferdinand Marcos ordered the creation of the CCP almost 60 years ago, which was through Executive Order No. 30 s. 1966. His wife, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, served as the chair of its board of directors. 

How big is it?

The infrastructure occupies a total of 88 hectares of reclaimed land—located in Pasay City. It functions as a tourism hub for travelers, which overlooks Manila Bay. 

Who designed it? 

As with many infrastructure projects during the Marcos administration, National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin was tasked with actualizing and designing the CCP Complex. 

CCP echoes Locsin’s signature brutalist-floating volume style, which takes inspiration from the Philippines’ very-own traditional dwellings, specifically the Nipa Hut. 

How many buildings are inside the complex? 

The CCP hosts many spaces with the majority being those used for performances and showcases. Here’s a list: 

  1. Tanghalang Pambansa
  2. Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater)
  3. Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
  4. Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater)
  5. Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas
  6. Philippine International Convention Center (owned by the BSP)
  7. Manila Film Center (CCP)
  8. Coconut Palace (GSIS)
  9. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (GSIS)
  10. MBC Building (Manila Broadcasting Company)
  11. Design Center of the Philippines (DTI)

What’s new? 

In 2016, the construction of a new black-box theater started. The structure is being built as a stand-alone infrastructure that will connect to the proposed Performing Arts Theater. 

It’s expected to cost a total of Php 50 million and will be three to four times larger than the Tanghalang Huseng Batute, the current black-box facility of the CCP. 

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Image credit: CCP’s Official Website