The imposing Cultural Center of the Philippines of Manila have been filled by a number of spectators on one Sunday afternoon.  The mood was festive and a long line of queues from each corner was visible.  Armed with no expectations, we came to witness the largest annual gathering of multi arts known as the Pasinaya Festival 2014.

It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the complex and we were set to witness the People's Gala Performance, featuring the world class resident performers of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in music, theater and dance.  And the good news?  It is for free.

Random acts of culture is what these world-class performers wanted to convey:  the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, NMCYA resident companies and Philippine Madrigal Singers.  The line up of performers for the night which shared the same stage for the finale definitely made a perfect ensemble.

Though I may not be fully acquainted and enthusiastic when it comes to culture and the arts transformed into music, dance and theater, I am nevertheless aware of how renowned these group of Filipino performers are. A rare opportunity indeed.

Individual shows of the said performers would cost a thousand of bucks just to be able to witness them perform but thanks to this festival that the presentation have been made accessible to the masses and the general audience.

Apart from the world-class performances and exhibits, Pasinaya Festival also featured a free jeepney ride taking the visitors to the various museums of Manila as well as the Intramuros district.  And we were likewise lead to the said district, where Pasyal Sunday was happening.

 Truly, this is one event commemorative of the rich culture and history that Philippines have.

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