The city whose walls and buildings are adorned with contemporary art and rich artifacts are not ancient to live narrations and performances to entice the visitors and residents alike. Theatre in Manila provides the Filipinos with just the exact amount of hours they need to put the hustle bustle of the metropolitan city behind them and release their stress. Owing to the increasing use of technology and media, the world of theatre here has garnered a different dimension altogether, moving its focus away from rituals to please gods, wars between various colonial countries and has instead moved to become a part of education. The bilingual musicals in Manila are not just part of any celebration today but have acquired the rights to become “legitimate” theatres as they are conducted within four walls and closed doors and request a fee from the viewers.
Art is showcased in every nook and corner in Manila. It may be through paintings, handicrafts or performing arts. The Cultural Centre of Philippines Complex in the heart of the city is considered holy by the citizens and the makers. The aim of the centre is to preserve the art and heritage for generations to come and rever about what was and what is today. It hosts its annual festival Pasinya for artists from all around the world to come and showcase their talents in front of spectators from the other side of the globe. The Performing Arts and Recreation Centre Foundation (PARC) believes that the movies we watch, songs we listen to and books we read stay within us and is one of the top performing art schools in Manila for those who wish to equip themselves in the field of theatre.
Concerts in different cities top everybody’s to-do lists. Musicals in Manila such as the Waitress give one right kind of motivation to achieve their dreams and change their destiny around. It shows how marriage is not the end of the world and that a woman is not required to fit in the conventional norms of society. Another musical that is known to keep audiences glued to their seats is Himala, which is said to have restored people’s faith in theatre in Manila. It depicts the ultimate but sad truth that governs the lives of people who belong to third world countries and how these differences found their way into culture and religion. Annual theatre shows in Manila are also a treat to the eye. The Virgin Labfest, which is held at the Cultural Centre of Philippines is known for its one-act plays by established playwrights. It is known for its reputation for bringing new shows every year with some audience-favorites specialty. Fringe Manila aims at bringing groundbreaking performances and caters to the needs for a more liberal and open theatre in Manila. It includes a plethora of areas such as dance, cabaret, circus, literature and anything you can think of for viewers to choose from. The performances depict the subjective and unique perspective of every artist. National Theatre Festival is another in the long list that showcases theatrical performances and musicals in Manila. Also hosted at the Cultural Centre of Philippines, it is known for its variety of performances, exhibitions and film screenings. Many established artists and writers such as Philippines Educational Theatre Association and Dulaang UP showcases their muses here.