More than 12,000 students, teachers, families, foreigners, artists, media representatives, kids

and even religious orders, came in droves to watch the biggest one-day performing arts festival

in the country – Pasinaya 2011, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) annual Open House Festival breaking its own attendance record of 8,000 during the previous year.

All the venues featuring more than 120 shows in music, theater, dance, cinema, and storytelling were filled to capacity. The 1,821 seater CCP Main Theater was filled to the rafters for the preview performances of the CCP’s resident companies UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippine Ballet Theater, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Ramon Obusan Folkloric

Group and the various student-theater-music guilds who graced the event.

A favorite among photographers – both amateur and professional – was the folkloric performances at the CCP Main Lobby. Children and their families also flocked to the Instrument Petting Zoo and the storytelling sessions at the Library. Crowds streamed through the arts, crafts, and food booths at the Eskinita (Alley) that also featured an outdoor stage hosted by television station NET25. The People’s Gala that capped the whole day festival, had to turn away hundreds of viewers because of full capacity. This year’s festival was also able to reach out to hundreds of online viewers through live streaming on the internet.

Riding on the “see-all-you-can, pay-what-you-can” scheme, spectators lined up as early as seven in the morning to register and secure their Pasinaya tags. The Fast Pass Baller tags which allowed audiences to skip the long lines were sold out at 10am.

The huge turnout of participating artists and audiences makes the Pasinaya the country’s largest one day multi-arts festival. The next Pasinaya will be held on February 26, 2012 and is expected to attract even more artists, shows and audiences.

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