Sunday, February 3, 2019

Pasinaya 2019: Rights, Freedom and Culture

Pasinaya 2019 Opening Ceremony 

Philippine arts and culture is truly alive and this year we are celebrating our identity as a Filipino through the Pasinaya Festival. This is the 15th year celebration since it started in 2005.

"Pasinaya" means an inauguration or a grand opening of the many arts and cultural presentation offered by the Cultural Center of the Philippines to the Filipinos and even to foreigners who would want to explore more about our culture.

I haven't known this festival for several years until I have discovered the festival's  opening ceremony in the vicinity of the Cultural Center of the Philippines back in 2013. During that time, we were having a Sunday workout (basic martial arts and meditation) with my colleagues at the ASEAN Garden of the CCP complex. With my curiosity of the event and my interest in cultural programs, I decided to come back in the afternoon and was able to catch up with the shows presented by the CCP resident companies and other presentations in the CCP main ramp and alleys.

That was my first time to watch the presentations of the CCP resident companies like the Madrigal Singers, Bayanihan Folk Dance Company and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra whom have given honor and prestige to the Philippines in the world stage through their world class performances.

Pasinaya 2019 Art displays

Pasinaya 2013: Rediscovering Philippine Arts and Culture  was my first ever experience of this great festival. It was very memorable and I was  grateful to have a glimpse of our diverse culture through arts, music and dance that were brought to life by performers from different places in the country.

The fascination followed the year after in 2014 when I introduced my sister to the festival who appreciates such cultural event. After missing the event in 2015 and 2016, I was able to experience the festival again in 2017.

Pasinaya 2017: Arts for Peace 
was even bigger and more significant when Filipinos can be united though arts despite of the wars and conflicts that we have experienced during that time. Even today when conflicts still happens due to terrorism and religious differences, we can be united though our appreciation of Philippine Arts and music. Various musical instruments and melodies, but brings harmony and camaraderie to everyone regardless of age, creed and social status.

Last year was also memorable event when I invited a friend who also appreciates Philippine Arts and culture.

Pasinaya 2019 Performers from different schools

Pasinaya 2018: Love for the Philippine Arts is about giving our highest appreciation and respect to Philippine Arts and culture which is considered to be the soul of our nation and our identity to the world.

I have witnessed and experienced the past 4 years of Pasinaya celebrations and it makes me proud of being a Filipino as I continue to explore the depth of our culture and national identity.

Pasinaya 2019 CCP Resident Companies

For the year 2019, I was able to watch performances from different participating schools and all the performances from the CCP resident companies: the Ballet Philippines, UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Ballet Theater, NAMCYA, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Bayanihan Dance Company and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. This year's theme is Karapatan, Kalayaan at Kultura (Rights, Freedom and Culture) and thousands of Filipino arts and culture enthusiasts are gathered to celebrate their being Filipino. This years' theme reminds us of our rights to express our thoughts and emotions of the current events affecting our nation. Just like freedom of expression, we must remain to be vocal  and not to be silent of the issues confronting our nation. We must be free to express our sentiments whenever we are suppressed of our rights
and freedom.

Every Filipino has a voice and our collective voices can make a difference in nation-building and for strengthening our culture. We have our own identity that even globalization couldn't break us apart, but instead unite as one nation and be truly Filipino in words, deeds and thought.

© 2019 Del Cusay


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