CCP’s old Xmas lanterns get hi-tech touch

COMMISSIONED artists were tapped to redesign and modernize the CCP facade. PHOTOGRAPH BY LIZA OFIANGA

Thanksgiving, love and hope in spite of our current realities. In the midst of a health crisis, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) expresses these touching reasons for continuing its yearly Christmas tradition. On 10 December, the country’s government-owned arts and culture complex will launch “Pasko 2020,” a splendid display of Parul Sampernandu that will light up the CCP Main Building Facade and the complex grounds through 3 January 2021.

In the spirit of joy while keeping sustainability in mind, the lanterns are existing ornaments owned by the CCP and kept in storage for many years. For this year’s celebration, the lanterns originally designed by the Quiwa Family from San Fernando, Pampanga have been upcycled. The lanterns decorated the Main Building Façade and its grounds several years ago.

With the coronavirus crisis in mind, the celebration of the holiday season became a point of discussion on how the government organization can either innovate the existing lantern technology or elevate lantern-making as an art form worthy of being included as part of both the creative and technology industries.

Taking part in this milestone project are the creative craftsmen from Pampanga, of course, who have lost livelihood opportunities due to the economic shock brought by the pandemic and the recent devastating typhoons. These artisans worked on improving the eight-point star lanterns in the CCP’s keep and refresh its fascia with gold foil.

Going hi-tech

Next, a projection mapping by renowned projection designer GA Fallarme complements the glimmering lanterns. Completing the whole magical experience will be the light and sound spectacle designed by Danilo Villanueva. In addition, there will be a selection of short animation films from the Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula archives for everyone to enjoy.

The whole spectacle will be streamed live on the CCP Facebook page and other social media platforms.

“Pasko 2020” aims not only to bring holiday cheers and become a symbol of faith and resilience to every Filipino in the time of COVID-19, but the Center hopes to provide low-income craftsmen, skilled workers and designers the much-needed work and income which were vastly affected due to the health crisis. The light and sound show involves in-house artists (including theater crew and employees). Commissioned artists were tapped to redesign and modernize the traditional design of the lanterns or propose other designs/strategies to light or project on the CCP Façade.

Responding to the call to spruce up the Roxas Boulevard strip this Christmas season, the CCP holiday offering maintains the engagement and collaboration between the CCP and the local government units of San Fernando-Pampanga, Manila and Pasay in sharing human and physical resources in this annual endeavour.

The CCP will also hold a virtual Simbang Gabi, starting 15 to 23 December, 9 p.m. (Anticipated Masses) and 16 to 24 December, 5 a.m. (Dawn Masses); culminating in a Christmas Eve Mass on 24 December, 8 p.m. and a Special Christmas Day Mass on 25 December, 10 a.m.

Follow the official CCP Facebook and social media accounts to get the latest update on the “Pasko 2020.” Visit to know more about the CCP and its programs.

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