May 18 truly was a celebration of the arts! All over the metro, music festivals and arts events popped up at the same time for a thriving weekend of arts and culture. Right here in San Juan, the heart of Metro Manila, The PARC Foundation, in cooperation with the Global Cultural Alliance Singapore (GCA), opened up their humble home for a fiesta of music, dance, theater, and art in “A Walk in The PARC: The PARC Foundation Open House!”
The PARC Foundation is a non-profit organization for the performing arts established in 2015. Their vision is to spearhead the development of performing arts in the country by enabling Filipino artists to succeed. They do this by providing artists with a home through their creative spaces, opportunities and programs, mentors and network, and events and production support.
Several cultural institutions and art hub managers in the Philippines were invited, along with a Singaporean delegation under Urban Culture Asia and the team behind GCA. Some guests include representatives from the whole spectrum of the arts industry, from the Philippine Performing Arts Centers Consortium under the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the people at TBA Studios and Cinema ‘76, to the cultural attache of the Austrian Embassy and the members of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.
The event invited several of The PARC Foundation’s artist partners to perform and showcase their talents in their humble home. These include budding artist groups such as Move Manila, Surreli Pops Orchestra, and Puppet Theater Manila, improv groups Crammers’ Collective and Isprikitik Musical Improv, university theater organizations Teatro Tomasino and Ateneo Blue Repertory, theater acts from Black Canvas, pieces from Monologista Inc., and established performing groups Philippine Ballet Theatre and Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.
The highlight of the afternoon was a performance from the foundation’s PARCaralan Scholars, underprivileged kids from San Juan and Tondo, Manila who were given free classical music education under honorary artist resident Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.
GCA also brought with them spoken word artist Marc Nair, Singapore Young Artist Award recipient in 2016. PARC opened up all their spaces for these artists to perform simultaneously all throughout the afternoon.
After short dinner and socials, the MPOwer Band brought music to the house as the event ended on a high and powerful note.
The PARC Foundation would like to thank all their guests, sponsors, and donors who generously contributed to A Walk in The PARC and the growth of The PARC Foundation. We hope to see you all at The PARC!