ST. CECILIA’S HALL – voted as winner in the 2015 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards
St. Cecilia’s Hall of St. Scholastica’s College was awarded as the Best Theatrical Venue by the 2015 BroadwayWorld Philippines. Named after the patron saint of music, the hall was built under the supervision of the engineering firm Pedro Siochi and Co. and was designed by the eminent Filipino architect, Andres Luna de San Pedro in 1932.
Originally conceived of as the recital hall of the SSC School of Music, St. Cecilia’s Hall became a leading concert venue for numerous local and international artists and was declared a National Cultural Landmark by the National Historical Commission a year after the theater was renovated in 2000. The hall, which is now being used as a popular venue for musicals and shows, bested other nominees in this category, namely, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo and School of Design and Arts Theater.
BroadayWworld Philippines is the country’s counterpart of a network of websites which features local theater listings, reviews and sponsors its annual theater fans’ choice awards, which named St. Cecilia’s Hall as one of its winners from a recently concluded poll. Starting out as the largest theater site covering London’s West End, BroadwayWorld.com has been recognizing theater acts from various international cultural centers including the Philippines.
by Prof J. Greg Zuniega