I love productive days! I also love culture! Most of all, I love SURPRISES! Imagine combining all of this on a super sunny day at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This equals JOY! I mean, you all really must come over to the CCP! I find myself telling myself that I have to pay CCP a visit, as each time I come here I end up having the most fascinating time.
Take today for example. I was scheduled to have a pictorial here today for the FACE OFF fashion show. I came in a bit early, so I wandered off a bit and stumbled on the “Looking for Juan” exhibit. I loved the exhibition but the paintings were not labeled, so I had no idea who painted them. From the title of the show, I think it’s a quest to find identity and to find some answers to who we are as a people. I enjoyed the show tremendously and I took some photos. The show is going to be running till June 12, so come over and be inspired by how talented our young artists are. You can check out its website: lookingforjuan.com for more information.
Then the pictorial took place and our photographer took us right up on stage at the main theater. I have never been up on that stage before, and it was a really surreal experience that I broke into song and channeled my inner Lea Salonga! LOL! The main theater is really fabulous! I went up close to the gigantic HR Ocampo and I was surprised to find out that it was a tapestry. All these years I thought that it was a painting or a print. I just felt so fortunate to be that close to a really moving piece of art. Then we had a photo taken at this amazing brass wall sculpture by Manansala. I loved the shapes that he created, it was inspiring. Finally we took two shots with the building designed by the genius Leandro Locsin. I have always loved the CCP as it always looked magical to me. Like a slab of rock floating on air.
After that exciting shoot, we went back into the lobby and I was so surprised to see people wearing the most exotic-looking costumes! Imagine my surprise when I found out that they was a folkloric dance festival going on. Now my mind went on overdrive! I adore looking at costumes from around the world and this was a like a gift to me. I kept on taking photos of the dancers. I left the CCP with a huge smile as this is what I call a really FABULOUS day!