Manila Bulletin – Bongbong bats for national status for Ballet Philippines

By Mario B. Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

mb_onlineMANILA, Philippines – Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. urged Thursday the national government to designate Ballet Philippines as the Philippine National Ballet Company to affirm its legacy to Philippine dance.

In Senate Bill 2679 filed Thursday, Marcos said that with the permanency given to the Ballet Philippines Foundation Inc. (Ballet Philippines), through legislation, “the shining future of Ballet Philippines is secured and it will likewise empower it to fulfill its mission toward the development of a professional, world-class Filipino dance company.’’

If enacted into law, the legacy of the ballet company would be affirmed as a learning institution, producer and treasury of original Filipino creative work in dance and music, he said.

Ballet Philippines, founded by Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar, is the country’s oldest and acknowledged professional dance company that has swept local and international awards and has performed in many artistic and diplomatic events, both in the country and abroad.

Marcos said Ballet Philippines has reaped international and local acclaim and has been the staging ground for the successful careers of dance luminaries such as Denisa Reyes, Edna Vida, Nonoy Froilan, Cecile Sycangco, Lisa Macuja and currently, Candica Adea, who won silver medal in what is considered the “Olympics of dance” in Jacksonville, USA.

He also said that the dancers and choreographers of this prestigious group have won many awards and continue to bring the country recognition and honor.

The ballet group has also produced the highest number of dancers performing in international companies. Today, former members continue to perform in Hong Kong, Vienna, Germany, Macau and the US for diverse companies such as the famed Cloud Gate Dance theater of Taiwan, Het Nationale Ballet of Netherlands and in productions of Disney and Cirque de Soleil, among others.

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