95 Halili-Cruz Ballet Dancers Off To Hong Kong Int’l Competition

Once again the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet has been invited to represent the Philippines in the Asia Pacific Dance Competition to be held in Hong Kong on July 20-22. The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet, awarded as the "Most Outstanding Ballet School in Asia" is a consistent Grand Prize Winner in this competition. With the level of competition getting tough every year, the dancers of the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet continue to sharpen their skills through its thorough dance training, participation in other international competitions and festivals and conduct of CSTD International Dance Examination.

The HCSB prides itself with its high standard of ballet education, artistically excellent performances, and creative choreographies in molding talents of very young children. Further affirming its achievement in dance is the Hall of Fame, Aliw Award as the Best Classical Dance Company in the Philippines and the four-time NCCA Ani ng Dangal Award for its outstanding performance in international events.

The 14th Asia Pacific Dance Competition is a global event. It is an international festival for young dancers. It brings together some of the finest young dancers from around the world to exchange ideas and share their love of dance.

The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet selected 95 dancers to participate in the different dance categories classical ballet, neo-classical/lyrical, demi-character, modern, and contemporary and in different age groups 9 and under, 12 and under, 15 and under, and open/professional category to perform in solo, duo, trio, ensemble, groups and pas de deux.

The Philippine delegation led by Artistic Director Shirley Halili-Cruz, with ballet teachers and choreographers Grace Perez, Anna Lissa Balmadrid and Anna Kathrina Cruz, is composed of Allones, Patricia; Ambulo, Gicelle; Baccay, Angelique; Barin, Patrice; Barrios, Julianne; Baybayan, Gladys; Bernardo, Angela; Bernardo, Phoebe; Bernas, Patricia; Calina, Lianna; Calubiran, Gabrielle; Caro, Madeline; Caro, Tisha Alyssa; Chua, Christina; Chua, Jacqueline; Cruz, Hillary Rose; Dalupang, Jillian; Dalupang, Jianna; Dalupang, Jula; Daquigan, Annika; Davies, Kimberly; De Guzman, Maan; de Torres, Carlyn; del Rosario, Felicia Isabel; Diago, Dominique; Dy, Mariah; Dy, Zerah; Eleazar, Sofia; Fegarido, Julafer; Feliciano, Jillian; Flores, Precious; Flores, Princess; Flores, Bianca; Francia, Ella Louise; Garcia, Gabrielle; Garcia, Kent; Garcia, Margarita; Gutierrez, Patricia; Hermogenes, Shane; Hipolito, Dennise; Ipapo, Trassandra; Santos, Anna Coretta; Kho, Audrey; Lee, Diane; Legarda, Bea; Leido, Pia; Lim, Clarisse; Lim, Mary Cristine; Lim, Megan; Lim, Patricia; Magsino, Summer; Manahan, Christine; Manuel, Venice; Mendoza, Veronica; Natividad, Janelle; Noel,Toni; Ocampo, Ian; Ong, Kyla; Padrigo, Bianca; Palisoc, Katja; Paras, Gabrielle; Paredes, Nicole; Perez, Ysabel; Ragos-Ty, Shayna; Ramirez, Isabella; Rapinan, Erika; Recto, Cassandra; Rivera, Angela; Roque, Maxine; Rostrata, Aira Louise; Rufo, Clara Lucila; Ruiz, Antoinette; Salapunen, Kayla Mae; Salvador, Ma. Isabela; Samson, Andrea Leigh; Sanolan, Juffet; Santos, Anna Coretta; Saraza, Allain Aniqca; Shimomura, Aika; Sidro, Marielle; Sulat, Cedric; Sumiller, Joie; Tabios, Bianca; Tagaban, Andrea; Tizon, Eula; Tizon, Loise; Tong, Janelle; Torres, Stephanie; Umali, Nicolei; Velasco, Kirsten; Velasco, Mikaela; Vicencio, Alexa; Walke, Sophie; Yamsuan, Angela Shayne; Yatco, Ramona Ysabel and Young, Alee.

The driving force the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet is its founder, Shirley Halili-Cruz who is one of the prime movers of dance in the country. She is everywhere, attending to the affairs of her school and dance company while providing an active and quality leadership to the National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Ms. Halili-Cruz organizes national and international events for the Philippine dance community as inspired by her rich experiences due to her participation in the different international events.

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Artists For Makati Poblacion Heritage

The City Government of Makati and the Ayala Commercial Center presents a Philippine-American art exhibit dubbed as "Poetic Reflection" which showcases the works of New York-based artist and lawyer Carol Tanjutco. This is in conjunction with Makati artists Fanny Blanco, Rubee Alcantara, Lita Gelano and Stella Torres.

The show opened last Monday and will run till July 19 at Glorietta 5 Atrium, Ayala Center. Beneficiary is the Makati Poblacion Heritage.

"Poetic Reflection" is a collection of figurative paintings and nudes, inspired by life's journey expressed through poetry, an infusion of mystical thoughts rendered on canvas. Honorary guests during the opening included Mayor Junjun Binay, Reps. Abby Binay and Monique Lagdameo, Rupert and Tina Jacinto, among others. The group's mentor, Renato Habulan, was the keynote speaker. A silent auction followed featuring the works of guest artists including New York scholar Jojo Austria, Thom Daquioag, Sam Penaso and Nemiranda.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, July 19, go to Camel Awardee Aureo "Tatang" Alonzo, former Bulacan Gov. Obet Pagdanganan, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, Alessandra de Rossi, Gary Flores, Jovit Moya, Mrs. Paz Lee, Arlette Ledesma, Constante Velasco, Mary Banez-Pineda, Antonio T. Nardo, Art O. Quebal, Samtiel Julius Garcia, Dr. Aurea Carlos, Leona Nepomuceno, John Paul Celeste, Mercurio Vito Cruz, Chris Baluyot, MB's Charlene Fernandez and Gerry Baja of ABS-CBN...