Saturday, July 20, 2024



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For two years now, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Embassy in Libya have partnered to celebrate the National Arts Month with the Pasinaya sa Libya, an abridged version of the largest multi-arts festival organized by the premiere arts institution in the Philippines. Through Pasinaya sa Libya, the Philippine Embassy aims to reintroduce Philippine arts and culture to the Filipino community in Libya, as well as promote cultural exchanges between the two countries. Pasinaya in Libya will be happening on February 16, 2024.

This year, CCP and the Philippine Embassy present “Himig Himbing: Mga Heleng Atin” music videos, featuring the modern interpretations of Philippine folk lullabies. A project by the CCP Arts Education Department, “Himig Himbing: Mga Heleng Atin” aims to reintroduce the Philippine indigenous lullabies to contemporary audiences and develop nurturers that are grounded in our Philippine songs and hele. Last year, selected Cinemalaya short films were screened during Pasinaya in Libya.

“We are happy to continue the partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Libya to keep the Philippines’ arts and cultures alive in the hearts of our kababayans living outside their home country. I’m sure some grew up hearing these lullabies from your parents and guardians. If you are not familiar with these heles, this is a good opportunity to learn about our lullabies. We have so many heart-touching lullabies we should preserve and promote. We don’t want the younger generation to not experience them. We don’t want these lullabies to be forgotten,” said CCP president ad interim Michelle Nikki Junia.

After the screenings, there will be a talkback with ethnomusicologist Sol Trinidad, whose research became the basis of the project, and musical director Krina Cayabyab, who did the modern musical arrangements of the featured lullabies. They will share their knowledge on Philippine lullabies, and explain the importance of preserving these Filipino lullabies.

Aside from the film screening, there are other events everyone can participate in. An art exhibit opens at 10am which will feature works of Ed Parrocha, followed by a series of performances at 2pm.

For its 2024 edition, the CCP Pasinaya attracted and drew over 50,632 audience count, with 44,115 from the CCP Complex and partner museums, 1232 in Circuit Makati, 656 in Iloilo City, and 4629 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. This was the first time that the CCP Pasinaya went beyond the complex and into the regions. The management hopes to bring CCP Pasinaya to every regions in the country, and even in other countries where there are Filipino communities.

Interested participants may register here: Follow the official CCP social media pages on Facebook, X, Instagram and Tiktok for more updates.