Laguna, Philippines.

National Arts Center

        The red-roofed structure without walls is visible from the nearby towns of Laguna. This is where performances by the Philippine High School for the Arts are held, performances/concerts by other artists may also held here. It has a big space and a nice view there. It has a seating capacity of 1, 800 persons including the bleachers outside the theater. It was already 1pm When I and my group mates go there, even if it the weather was hot, it was okay because I felt the fresh air. For me, when you have problems and when there are so many things bothering you, you can visit this place. It is one of the best place to unwind and relax but there was a payment before going to the NAC, for only 20php.There were people who were eating and playing in the NAC open air theater.
        It has a very nice view and for me it is perfect to have a pictorial here it was good for the eyes because of the green environment. There were also some people who brought their dslr cam, and took a picture of the view, no doubt.

   The National Arts Center is the showcase of Laguna. It is has a view of the Laguna de Bay, Talim Island, Crocodile Lake and the International Rice Research Institute.

    The National Arts Center is administered by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It was established in 1976 by First Lady Imelda Marcos as a haven for young and aspiring artists.

  The NAC offers several facilities for short-term rental, ideal for family gatherings, art camps, seminars, retreats and large conferences or conventions. Reservations will be through the CCP Main Office at Roxas Blvd. Manila, Tel. No. 832-1125 loc. 225/832-3703 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              225/832-3703      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
The National Arts Center has 62 cottages grouped into five clusters on different peaks and auditorium with a 2,500 seating capacity.

   Also within the area is the Ballet Studio and Library. The Ballet Studio and the Rilda B. O'Brien Cliburn Library for the Humanities was established in 1981 as part of the overall support to the operations of the Philippine High School for the Arts.

Written by: Kathleen Tan


  • Pugad Adarna (Executive House) – The Pugad Adarna or Executive House is composed of several interlinked structures enclosing a swimming pool and garden. Situated on top of a ridge, each of the venue’s nine rooms has a veranda with a commanding view of Laguna de Bay, Mount Makiling, nearby towns and on clear days, even the skyscrapers of Makati and Ortigas Center. Ideally used for family outings and intimate gatherings, the venue also has a kitchen and dining area/lounge which can also be turned into a function hall. All of the bedrooms are fully airconditioned with individual toilets. It has a total bed capacity of 34.  It is named after the Ibong Adarna, a mythical creature of Philippine legend.
  • Pugad Aliguyon (Marvilla Cottages) – The Marvilla Cottages or the Pugad Aliguyon are a cluster of cottages linked by walkways. Each cottage has two rooms with varying bed capacities and a veranda where one could view the surrounding forests. Furnished with overhead fans, built-in closets, and toilets in each room, the cottages can accommodate up to 98 persons. The venue is typically used for billeting participants of seminars, retreats, conventions, and other activities involving large groups.
  • Bulwagang Sarimanok (Clubhouse) – The Clubhouse, also the Bulwagang Sarimanok, has a large hall which has been typically used for wedding receptions, seminars, and conferences. Its solid appearance is complemented by the use of stones in its massive columns and hardwood all over, highlighting the rustic ambiance. The glassed-walled hall is surrounded by a veranda where guests may conduct group sessions, dine al fresco, or see the spectacular view of Laguna de Bay and the mountainside. It has a spacious kitchen and two-bedroom dormitory in its mezzanine, overlooking the parqueted hall.
  • Tanghalang Maria Makiling (Open-Air Theater) – The Tanghalang Maria Makiling, or the Open-Air Theater, is the only NAC structure visible from the nearby towns because of its plateau-like location on the center. It affords a 360 degree view of the outlying areas, including Crocodile Island, Talim Island, Crocodile Lake and on clear days, Mount Banahaw and the mountains of Rizal. The open-air theater/auditorium is ideal for concerts and conventions. It has a seating capacity of 1,800, including the concrete bleacher seats outside the theater. It is named after Maria Makiling, a enchantress of Philippine mythology that is believed to reside on the foothills of Mount Makiling.
  • St. Marc’s Chapel - Set amidst towering trees and lush forest vegetation, St. Marc’s Chapel is an ideal setting for meditation and contemplation. It is a structure without walls and is linked directly to surrounding gardens. Designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, the Chapel is a non-denominational place of worship.
Contact Info:

For bookings, contact Mr. Ronald C. Rosas from the Laguna Office at (0918)934-5703 and fax no. (049)536-7599, or the CCP Booking Office in Manila at 832-3704/832-3678/832-1125 local 1404-1406.

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