5 August 2017 | Manila, Philippines

Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be held simultaneously in key cities and municipalities in the Philippines as well as the capitals of the Member Nations on August  8, 2017.

This was disclosed by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) program manager Queng Reyes in a briefing Saturday.

Reyes said a grand parade will be held at the south road of Roxas Boulevard, from Luneta Park to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), where various presentations will be held.

“Based on the MMDA advisory the Roxas Blvd. south-bound lane will be closed once the parade enters. It would be occupying two lanes,” she said.

Reyes said more than 500 contingents from the Department of Education (DepEd) will be part of the street dancers who will present regional dances.

The parade will end at the CCP grounds, where celebrations will continue.

PETA Artistic Director  Maribel Legarda, during the briefing, said traditional and contemporary performances will be presented, through both spoken words and other performances.

“Basically what we’re trying to do is to create that sense of rootedness, tradition and at the same time contemporary,” she said.

Legarda said 10 pop stars, one from each ASEAN country will perform at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Amphitheater in Taguig City.

National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) head for International Affairs Mary Anne Luis said the pop stars include the Philippines’ Christian Bautista.

Pop stars from other ASEAN Member Countries who will join the concert will arrive in Manila Saturday, she said.

Other performers in the concert are Up Dharma Down, the Juans, Thyro and Yumi, Baihana, The Nightingales, 6Cyclemind, Franco, the cast of Rak of Aegis, and Itchyworms.

“The BGC (event) is really intended for the millennials so that they could also be aware of what is happening,” Luis said, adding that the concert will last until 12 midnight. (30)

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