PAGCOR to highlight Filipino folk culture via musical competition » Manila Bulletin Entertainment


The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) will stage their first-ever grand musical competition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) tomorrow.

Jimmy Bondoc

Dubbed “Pili-Pinas (Piliin Ang Pilipinas): A PAGCOR Musical,” the show highlights the diverse culture, tradition and festivities of our country.

In a recent interview with Bulletin Entertainment, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo said this is important particularly in the age of social media where “it is so easy for many Filipinos to forget the beauty of folk traditions.”

The show will be extra special as it is top-billed by talented PAGCOR employees from different Casino Filipino (CF) branches and satellite offices in Angeles, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Ilocos, Olongapo, Tagaytay and Metro Manila.

Some of the competitors in the four categories are: The Panaad, Panagbenga, and Pintados for the Festivals category; the adaptation of the Biag ni Lam-Ang, Ulo ng Apo and Maria Sinukuan for the Legends category; Aswang and Darna for the Pinoy Fantasy category and Dances of Luzon for the Cultural category.

“Pili-Pinas (Piliin Ang Pilipinas): A PAGCOR Musical” is headed by musician-turned – PAGCOR Assistant VP for Entertainment Jimmy Bondoc.

“This is our way of highlighting the best of the Philippines culture-wise,” he said.

Nick Lizaso and PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo (

CCP President Nick Lizaso and PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo

According to him, the participants took time from their busy work schedules to practice their performances. The costumes and props were personally funded by the employees themselves.

Domingo hopes the show will continue in the coming years.

“Ang sining ay isang part ng ating buhay. Sa PAGCOR ang daming magaling sa arts, paintings, pati sa sculpture. So sana magtuloy-tuloy ito and sana ’yung ibang government agencies ay mag-engage din sa ganitong cultural events,” she said.

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