MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) surprised passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with a flash mob performance on Wednesday to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the institution.
Through this random act of culture, CCP brings a performance out of its Roxas Boulevard venue to a public space like the NAIA Terminal 3 as it aims to exemplify its vision of making art matter to the life of every Filipino.
According to CCP president Raul Sunico, the institution hopes to bring the most exciting and engaging cultural experiences from the Philippines and all over the world to audiences at the CCP Complex, various venues in the regions, and recently on the Internet through its online programs.
“Gusto naming imulat sa mga Filipino ang importansiya ng cultural music. Aminin natin na masyado na tayong inclined sa pop music,” Sunico said.
During the flash mob at the NAIA Terminal 3, the CCP sang and danced to three pieces from the PPO – “William Tell Overture”, “Sound of Music” medley and “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika”.
At first, the departing passengers and well-wishers were surprised when the brass band of CCP played a marching tune that brought them to the area of the flash mob. The orchestra was led by Olivier Ochanine, a French conductor.
“We appreciate it so much, we saw this in London,” one onlooker said.
An airport police also commented: “Sarap pakinggan ng tulad ng ‘Sound of Music’ sa umaga. Bihira ho natin ‘yan naririnig, ang music na ‘yan. Kanina ‘yung ‘William Tell’ overture nakakagising.”