Ditch Netflix for free shows premiering at Cultural Center of the Philippines this week

<i>Photo: Cultural Center of the Philippines</i>
Photo: Cultural Center of the Philippines

Sick of binging trashy content on your streaming service, and aching for a slice of culture in your daily feed this week?

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has your back, as it opens up its digital archives to feature a few gems which you can stream for free on their YouTube channel this week.

It just kicked off yesterday with the Philippine Madrigal Singers’ acapella concert entitled  MMM…More! which debuted at the CCP in February. Now you can listen to the country’s premier choral singers croon through almost two hours of songs including The Beatles’ Let It Be, A-ha’s Take on Me, and Ryan Cayabyab’s Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika (“How Beautiful Our Music Is”).

Founded by the government in 1969 to preserve, develop, and promote arts and culture in the country, the CCP has also released Alice and Friends: A Tapestry of Dances on their channel last week, which celebrates National Artist and Ballet Manila founder Alice Reyes’ 50 years in the biz, so stay tuned for more content from their digital archives.

In the meantime, here are other shows which can be streamed this week:

Mga Eksena sa Buhay ng Kontrabida (“Scenes from a Villain’s Life”) by Roobak Valle

Premieres: April 22 (Wednesday), 3pm

Photo: Jay Gonzaga / FB

An entry at the annual independent theater festival Virgin Labfest in 2018, Mga Eksena sa Buhay ng Kontrabida is a family drama about anti-hero Jay, a violent, selfish, and reckless character. His friends and family (as well as the audience) try to figure out if he really is the villain in the story.



Batang Mujahideen (“Mujahideen Child”), by Guelan Luarca

Premieres: April 24 (Friday), 3pm

Photo: Tanghalang Filipino / FB

This play, which premiered in early February, follows the story of Fatima, a 7-year-old Muslim girl in Basilan who witnesses several acts of violence committed by a rebel group in her hometown, including the gruesome murder of her own father. The killing spurs Fatima to take a vow of silence and disguise herself as a boy in order to join the mujahideen, or soldiers who are engaged in jihad, so she can confront her father’s killers.




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