The Cultural Center of the Philippines is the country's primary venue for performing, visual and literary Arts. It was built in 1969 in an 88-hectare complex on reclaimed property along Roxas Boulevard, in the city of Manila.
The main structure, also called the National Theater, was designed by National Artist for Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin, who would later design many of the other buildings in the complex. The design was based and expanded upon the unconstructed Philippine-American Friendship Center. It is now an important cultural landmark.
The National Theater houses three performing arts venues, one theater for film screenings, galleries, a museum and the center's library and archives. The Main Theater, also called Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, is the largest performance venue which can accommodate up to 1,815 people in four levels: Orchestra, Boxes and two Balconies.
The Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, or Little Theater, can seat 421 people and is used for drama presentations, chamber music, solo recitals, lectures, and film screenings.
A Studio Theater, named Tanghalang Huseng Batute or the Dream Theater, after the pseudonym of Filipino poet José Corazón de Jesús, can seat up to 240 people in two levels.
The 100-seat Tanghalang Manuel Conde, a joint project of the CCP and Dream Broadcasting, is used as a venue for film screenings and lectures; and has the capability to receive and show films directly through satellite.
There are three exhibition halls, including the largest, the Bulwagang Juan Luna, which serves as the Main Gallery. The two smaller galleries are named after Filipino painters Fernando Amorsolo and Carlos Francisco.