CCP Complex

Located in the heart of Pasay City is the Philippines’ center for arts, theatre, dance, film, and music.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, or CCP to the locals, was established in 1969 to preserve, promote, and development arts and culture in the country. Its complex, located on Roxas Boulevard, is home to several performing arts theatres and museums.

In the center of the complex is the Tanghalang Pambansa (National Theatre), which is home to several theatres and art galleries, as well as the main offices of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The largest theatre in the Tanghalang Pambansa is the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Also known as the Main Theatre, this is where local dance troupes like the Bayanihan Dancers and Ballet Philippines perform on a regular basis. This theatre has also seen productions of international shows and musicals like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mamma Mia.”

Also found in the Tanghalang Pambansa are two smaller theatres called the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (or the Little Theatre) and the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (or the Studio Theatre). These two theatres are catered to more independent productions, helmed by some of the Philippines’ best playwrights and directors. Make sure to watch out for the Virgin Labfest held every June, so you can see what experimental productions the Filipino theatre community has up their sleeve.

If you’re getting restless waiting for the ushers to let you into the theatres, don’t worry, the Tanghalang Pambansa has several works of art that line its halls. There’s also two major exhibition galleries to be found here too, the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery), where you can see the latest work from some of the Philippines’ up and coming visual artists.

There’s also the GSIS Museo ng Sining (Museum of Art) nearby if you’re hoping to see more of what local artists have to offer.

Ever heard of a palace made entirely out of coconut wood and husks? Well, now you have. Before you leave the CCP Complex, make sure to pay a visit to the Coconut Palace, originally a guesthouse built for the 1981 papal visit.

Even if you’re not a huge fan of art, pay a visit to the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Who knows, you just might end up falling in love with the local art scene.

Top Rated Restaurants in CCP Complex

  1. Spiral
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
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  2. The Legend Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
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  3. G Squared Palutuan
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  4. Army Navy
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  5. Gloria Maris
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  6. Icebergs
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  7. Hap Chan
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  8. Maru Korean Restaurant
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  9. Pancake House
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  10. Bakahan at Manukan
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Top Rated Places in CCP Complex

  1. Spiral
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    323 Reviews View
  2. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    139 Reviews View
  3. Cultural Center of the Philippines
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    43 Reviews View
  4. Starbucks Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Coffee
    48 Reviews View
  5. Le Spa
    5.0 Stars
    Day Spa
    10 Reviews View
  6. Hotel Jen Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    17 Reviews View
  7. The Legend Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Chinese
    26 Reviews View
  8. G Squared Palutuan
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    13 Reviews View
  9. Snaps Sports Bar
    4.5 Stars
    Sports Bar
    12 Reviews View
  10. Philippine International Convention Center
    4.5 Stars
    Venue
    7 Reviews View