The National Arts Center is a sanctuary for young and aspiring Filipino artists that is located in Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.
The Center was established in 1976 by then First Lady Imelda Marcos as a haven for talented, creative, and extraordinary artists. Its various buildings and facilities are scattered over 13.5 hectares of the Makiling Forest Reservation. The center also houses the Philippine High School for the Arts, a government-run secondary educational institution for gifted young Filipino artists.
The National Arts Center is the show window of cultural development and performing arts education of the country. It is an ideal vantage point for a panoramic view of Laguna de Bay, Talim Island, Crocodile Lake, and the International Rice Research Institute. Managed by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Arts Center has 62 cottages, an auditorium, and seminar and convention facilities. Reservations can be coursed through the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Office on Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Also found within its premises is a Ballet Studio and the Rilda O'Brien Cliburn Library of the Humanities, which was established in 1981 as part of the overall logistical support to the operations of the Philippine High School for the Arts.
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How to get here
From Manila, drive along the South Luzon Expressway, then exit to Calamba.
Drive to UP Los Baños; you will pass by the Faculty Village and Kanluran Drive. Take the way going to the Jamboree Site. On your right side is the road going to the National Art Center and on the left side is the entrance to Boy Scouts of the Philippines Camp.