Meet the cast of singers in "Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko"!

Ballet Philippines is thrilled to welcome 2 casts of singers performing alongside our dancers in "Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko"! 

Catch ABS-CBN artists Michael Pangilinan, Karylle, Markki Stroem, and Kyle Echarri on:
December 2, 8:00PM
December 11, 2:00PM & 6:00PM

OPM icon Cooky Chua, award-winning actors Sandino Martin and Jef Flores, and the Voice Kids alum Noel Comia on the following show dates:
December 3, 6:00PM
December 4, 2:00PM & 6:00PM
December 9, 8:00PM
December 10, 6PM


Michael Pangilinan

Michael is a Singer and Actor who first caught the country’s attention as a contestant in X Factor Philippines in 2011. After seeing his potential, Kuya Germs made him a regular host in Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman. He has a platinum-selling self-titled solo EP, an album and sold-out show at the Music Museum with boy band Harana, and a hit movie, “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako” (2016). He also came in second place on the second season of the celebrity singing/impersonation contest, “Your Face Sounds Familiar”.



Over the years, Karylle has established herself as one of the country’s finest female celebrities. With her immense talent and disarming beauty, she has conquered the local and international entertainment scene by storm. She is a singer, songwriter, actress, TV host, model, theater performer, writer, blogger and entrepreneur. Her performance in the international Asian TV series “The Kitchen Musical” earned her a nomination as Best Actress in the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival. She has been a regular host of “It’s Showtime” since 2010, but has left the show temporarily to work on Singapore-based television show “Private Investigator”. Her theater credits include Maria in “West Side Story” (2008), Sita in Ballet Philippines’ “Rama Hari” (2012), and Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” (2013). To date, she has 6 studio albums, the latest being A Different Playground, which was released in February 2016.


Markki Stroem

Markki is a Singer, Host, Athlete, Songwriter, Arranger, and Music Video Director/Producer. His first solo album “Thousands of Pieces” under Cornerstone Music received a Gold Record Award. He played the role of Henry in the award-winning musical “Next to Normal” by Atlantis Productions in Marcch 2011, for which he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Musical) in the Broadway World Philippines awards. He has also been seen in lead roles in “Camp Rock”, “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady”, and most recently,  “Jersey Boys”.


Kyle Echarri

Kyle is a Singer and Actor who rose to fame in 2015 as he became a finalist in The Voice Kids under Team Sarah. Soon after being eliminated from the competition, he joined the cast of the hit television show “On the Wings of Love” as Brent Wyatt, the half-brother of Nadine Lustre’s character Leah Olivar. He also took part in “We Love OPM: The Celebrity Sing-Offs”, a televised singing competition which ran for three months, as part of the boy group Voice Next Door. He recently released his debut solo album, “It’s Me Kyle” under MCA Music.


Sandino Martin

Sandino Martin pursued his Theatre Arts Degree at the University of the Philippines (Diliman). Some of the major productions he has been involved with were staged by Dulaang UP and other professional theatre outfits such as Atlantis Productions and the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA). Sandino transitioned from theatre to film, collaborating with groundbreaking and award-winning directors. His recent works are: Kanakan Balintagos' "Esprit De Corps", "Dagitab" by Gian Carlo Abrahan for CinemalayaX and Joselito Altarejos' "Unfriend", which premiered at the 64th Berlin Film Festival. For “Esprit De Corps”, he won the Best Actor award at the Cinema One Originals Awards Night. In 2013, he portrayed the role of Bantugan Buenaventura in Ballet Philippines’ “Manhid: The Pinoy Superhero Musical”.


Cooky Chua

Known for her rich, soulful voice, Cooky Chua is the vocalist of iconic 90s band Color It Red, and of Tres Marias. She is also a session singer for several bands, such as Bluesviminda, Buhay Jazz Band, and Affinity, and has done backup vocals for the albums of artists such as Jerks, Tropical Depression, POT, Noel Cabangon, Gary Granada, and After Image. In 1998, she received the Golden Voice of Asia award in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has also interpreted several of the winning songs of Himig Handog sa Makabagong Kabataan (2001), METROPOP (2003), and PHILPOP (2016).


Jef Flores

Jef is the most recent Gawad Buhay Awardee for Male Lead Performance in a Play for This Is Our Youth (Red Turnip). Jef’s debut in musical theater started in Camp Rock (Repertory Philippines), followed by Cinderella (Resorts World Manila), Pinocchio (Repertory Philippines), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Resorts World Manila). In 2015, he took on the lead role in his first straight play, 4000 Miles (Repertory Philippines) where he garnered his first Gawad Buhay nomination for Best Actor. His other credits onstage include Snow White (Prince, Repertory Philippines), Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (Bazooka Man, Dalanghita Productions), 3 Stars and a Sun (Winston, PETA), Godspell (Jesus, MusicArtes), and most recently, Tick, Tick, Boom (9 Works Theatrical). Outside of theater, Jef also starred in the television shows The Boston: Kitchen Musical and Single/Single.


Noel Comia

Noel is 12 years old and is currently a Grade 6 student under the homeschooling program of the Catholic Filipino Academy. He started his musical theater career in 2011 at the age of 7 when he passed Kids Acts Philippines’ auditions for TheCampArt Actor scholarship.  From then on, he has been cast into different musical theater productions under KAPI, Resorts World Manila, PETA, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and ATEG.  He has earned a Best Child Performer award from the 27th Aliw Awards in 2014 and received citation and nomination from Philstage Gawad Buhay! for his performances in 2015.  Noel made it as one of the Top 8 artists of Coach Lea Salonga in the recent The Voice Kids PH Season 3.  This landed him a recording, artist management and merchandizing contract with MCA Music, Inc.  Noel is also a commercial model, movie, TV and voice actor, event performer and host.

Sita and Bantugan come home to BP

We’re thrilled to welcome back our former Sita and Bantugan, Karylle and Sandino Martin!

Karylle charmed our audience in December 2012 with her sweet voice as Sita, the female lead in “Rama Hari”, a modern ballet choreographed by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes with a libretto by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbrera.

In “Manhid: The Pinoy Superhero Musical”, Sandino brought life to the character of Bantugan Buenaventura, named after the epic hero of the Darangen, who can meet all the super-powered children through his dreams.

For Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko this December, Karylle takes the stage as Ester on December 2, 8PM and December 11, 2PM & 6PM, while Sandino plays Arturo on December 3, 6PM, December 4 2PM & 6PM, December 9, 8PM, and December 10, 6PM.

Mark Lewis Higgins collaborates with Ballet Philippines in a special fundraising project for "The Firebird"

Something unusual is happening at Ballet Philippines, which we’d like to share with you.
‘The Firebird’ will be staged at CCP from August 19-21, as part of the 47th performance season. The Russian folk tale, choreographed by the accomplished George Birkadze to a rousing score by Igor Stravinsky, will be reimagined and set in pre-Hispanic Philippines, which lends itself to wonderful creative possibilities. 
Pre-Hispanic Philippines was populated with kingdoms, sultanates and indigenous tribes.  Merchants from the Middle East to China and India traded commodities like gold, spices and porcelain…all of which provide abundant inspiration for spectacular costumes.  The artist Mark Lewis Higgins was tapped to create the costumes, and will do so with team of students from Slim’s Fashion & Arts School as a training program. Mark’s paintings are traditionally inspired by history and culture, and his current works are centered on Southeast Asian themes. ‘The Firebird’ will show how his rich aesthetic can be brought to life on stage.
This exciting production is seen as a chance to reach out to a new audience, and to inspire the next generation of talent to consider designing for the stage. It would hopefully mark the beginning of similar collaborations in the future.
With this vision in mind, Mark has volunteered to donate to Ballet Philippines his original paintings of the costume studies and designs. There are fifteen original paintings, packaged as five sets of three. The medium is gouache (watercolor with gesso) and chalk on charcoal paper, and the paintings are approximately 12 x 16 inches each, unframed. Through this special fundraising program, donors will receive a set of three paintings and two VIP tickets to the gala night of "Firebird and other ballets".
For more information on Mark, you can visit For inquiries regarding the show and fundraisnig program, contact Ballet Philippines on 551-1003 or through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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Congratulations to the scholars of the 47th CCP Summer Dance Workshop!




As of Mar. 22, 2016


Congratulations! To avail of the scholarship, dancers must register and submit their contracts on or before Apr. 5, Tuesday. Contracts will be available for release on March 30, Wednesday as well as the schedule of assigned classes and rehearsals. 

Dancers who are not listed may still enroll in the 47th CCP Summer Dance Workshop and will receive a 30% financial grant on tuition fees. 


Company Scholars

1.     Polias, Ace Christian Emmanuelle

2.     Roque, Lea Klariza

3.     Policarpio, Ricmar

4.     Habagat, Maila Jean

5.     Batto, Katherine Marie

6.     Vizmonte, Gabrielle Marie


BPDS Full Scholars

7.     Piel, Alexis

8.     Barrera, Luigie

9.     Mercado, Jacqueline

10.   Andes, Ana Graciela

11.   Santos, Karla Marie

12.   Tamondong, Daphne Joira

13.   Avelino, Richard

14.   Bondoc, Daniela

15.   Lacaba, Carl Edison

16.   Agcambert, Jelliam Stevenson

17.   Quimno, Ana Francesca

18.   Liong, Maria Louisa Herminia

19.   Reyes, Iliana

20.   Solomon, Mines Christian


BPDS Half Scholars

1.     Estoria, Allysa Kaye

2.     Obenza, Joana Marie

3.     Andres, Sophia Amber Adelle

4.     Duque, Maria Natalia

5.     Ong, Katrina

6.     Crisologo, Blanca Maxine

7.     Clemente, Pauline

8.     Bayang, Dorothy

9.     Austria, Jemimah

10.   Miranda, Michelle Katherine

11.   Calingasan, Nicole Lyca

12.   Ganias, Henriellie


BPDS Full Scholars ages 9-13

1.     Shy, Isabel

2.     Agustin, Beatrice Therese

3.     Hervas, Gianna Venice

4.     Iñigo, Maureen Joyce

5.     Riego, Therese

6.     Aguinaldo, Lucia

7.     Alipalo, Camille

8.     Uy, Christianne Mariana

9.     Buhia, Idelle Lauryn

10.   Francisco, Sofia Gabrielle

11.   Millena, Regine

12.   Rivera, Channel

13.   Ilagan, Maxine Priscilla Jullienne

14.   Tolentino, Hannah


BPDS Half Scholars ages 9-13

1.     Gomez, Jullianne

2.     Briones, Jacque Mae

3.     Dela Cuesta, Moira Beatrice

4.     Mendoza, Shekina Zarah

5.     Pelias, Andrea Marie

6.     Escosia, Angela Nicole

7.     Casimiro, Blanca Nicole


Male Scholarship Program

1.     Loneza, Jhomar

2.     Alejandrino, John

3.     Orande, Justine Joseph

4.     Abaño, Michael Bryan

5.     Sunggalia, Eriel Mike

6.     Andes, Jos Daniel

7.     Pineda, King Louie

8.     Andes, Jos David

9.     Escarlan, Christian James

10.   Cruz, Joachim Patrick

11.   Castronuevo, Ivan John


(Photos by Danilo Dayo Jr.)

Meet the band of "Opera"

The creative team behind "Opera" goes beyond the renowned artist Gabriel Barredo and choreographer Redha. Another key aspect in the production is its music. This sets the mood of the show and guides us through the journey throgh Redha's dances and Barredo's installation. Composed by Malek Lopez, the music will be performed live on all three shows by an interesting lineup of musicians:

Armi Millare | Voice

Armi Millare is a singer/songwriter for independent band Up Dharma Down. An Asian Music Major at the University of the Philippines, she also does experimental electronic music and writes music for films.

Malek Lopez | Composer; Keys, Programming

Malek Lopez is an award-winning composer and producer. His recent work includes the Department of Tourism’s “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign, Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father” and "Ugnayan Reco_ded", a reworking of Jose Maceda's "Ugnayan" for the 2013 “Listen to my Music” exhibit at the Vargas Museum.  One of the pioneers of live electronic music in the Philippines, his projects and collaborations with kindred artists have involved electro-acoustic composer Chris Brown, fusion jazz group Humanfolk, computer-network improvisation collective The Gangan Ensemble, Germany’s minimal techno meisters The Teichman Brothers, and retrofuturistic groove gurus Bent Lynchpin. He was part of the Goethe-Institut's critical electronic music collaboration anthology, Asia-Pacific Plate, and has brought Manila’s underground electronica culture to venues of convergence across the planet.

Erwin Romulo | Guitar, Assorted Noises & Effects

Erwin Romulo works in film, music and print. He was the musical director of Erik Matti's On The Job (which premiered at Cannes in 2013) and Honor Thy Father and the sound-designer of Lav Diaz's Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis, which will be having its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month. For music, he has produced artists such as Armi Millare, Dong Abay and the Eraserheads. He has also been an editor for a number of titles including Rogue, The Philippines Free Press and Esquire Philippines, for which he is the founding editor-in-chief. He has been working with Gabriel Barredo on his exhibitions since 1999.

Caliph8 | MPC, Samples, Percussion

Caliph8 is a composer and sound artist. His main tool is the MPC where he deploys an arsenal of beats, one-note samples and deconstructed audio cut and paste sound collage, creating an aural continuity between the sampled msucian and the synthesist. For the past 20 years, he has been active in Manila, primarily involved with the local outsider culture. As a sound creator and vinyl archivist, his background spans from true school hip-hop, experimental, folk, no wave, sound art, soul, rare grooves, exotica, kraut rock, jazz, psychedelia among others. He combines all these elements and creates a hybrid permutation of gut wrenching aural blast, creating an open-ended tension.

Fred Sandoval | Bass, Electronics

Fred Sandoval is a multifaceted, self-proclaimed musical boffin. An ardent protege and collaborator of Caliph8, Malek Lopez and Erwin Romulo, Fred is actively involved in many projects for both film and performance.

“Opera” will be staged at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on February 13 & 14 at 1:00PM and 6:00PM, with a Fundraising Gala on February 16 at 8:00PM. For inquiries, visit, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets and reservations, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.