Get to know the Odettes of "Swan Lake"!

 
CANDICE ADEA
Guest Artist
 
Candice graduated from Philippine High School for the Arts with a major in ballet in 2003 and received her bachelor’s degree in performing arts, majoring in dance, from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in 2008. She joined Ballet Philippines in 2003 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2010.
 
She has won numerous awards, including first prize at the 7th Helsinki International Ballet Competition in the senior women’s division in 2012 and the silver medal at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition senior women’s division, among others.
 
She has performed the principal roles in many productions including Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Snow White and Diana and Acteon. An internationally acclaimed dancer, Candice joined The Hong Kong Ballet as a soloist in 2012, and BalletMet as a company member for its 2015-2016 Season.
 
 
DENISE PARUNGAO 
Principal Dancer
 
Denise started her dance training under the guidance of Pamela Ortiz-Bondoc and Brezhnev Larlar. As a young dance student, she was a consistent Distinction awardee of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet exams. In 2010, she entered the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde as a dance major where she began taking classes in Ballet Philippines as a company scholar. In 2011, she received the esteemed Luva Adameit Award at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) - Junior ballet division and was then promoted to company apprentice.
 
Denise joined the company in 2012 and within her first year danced lead roles such as Maria Clara in Crisostomo Ibarra, Gintong Usa in Alice Reyes’ Rama Hari, and Hermia in Carlo Pacis’ A Midsummer Night's Dream. Promoted to Soloist status for the 45th season, she has portrayed the title role in Giselle, Oryang in Rock Supremo, Belle in A Christmas Carol and the title role in Cinderella, which won her the Gawad Buhay award for Female Lead Performance in a Classical Dance Production. In 2014, she won the 1st prize at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition. Her rise up the ranks never ceasing in momentum, Denise was promoted to Junior Principal for the 46th season. Her recent notable performances include the role of Death in Opera, the Princess from the Land of Spices in Firebird, Maria Clara in Simoun, and Teresa in Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko. 
 
 
JEMIMA REYES 
Soloist
 
Jemima started dancing at the age of 3 at the Lilibeth C. Trinidad Dance and Exercise Center in Cabanatuan City. She graduated from the Philippine High School for the Arts, Majoring in Ballet, in 2011. She joined the company as an apprentice at the age of 16 and was promoted to junior company member a year after.  
 
For the company, she has essayed significant roles such as Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, Prinsesa in Crisostomo Ibarra, Gintong Usa in Alice Reyes' Rama Hari, Love-in-Idleness in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Peasant Pas de Deux and Zulme in Giselle, Wendy in Peter Pan, and most recently took on the titular role in Firebird. 
 
A dance major at the College of St. Benilde, Jemima was a finalist at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 2009, placed 8th at the first Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in 2011 in Hong Kong, was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, competed at the 2014 USA Jackson International Ballet Competition and won third place at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition.
 
 
 
 
Candice Adea photo by Paul Valles
Denise Parungao & Jemima Reyes photos by Justin Bella Alonte

Congratulations to the scholars of BPDS SY2016-2017 January-March term!

47th SEASON SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017

SCHOLARS LIST

(as of Jan. 10, 2017)

Well done! Kindly complete all enrollment requirements and settle accounts with the Registrar.
Contracts will not be released if there are previous balances.

Deadline for submission of contracts is on Jan. 13, Friday.

 

Company Scholars

1.      Barrera, Luigie

2.      Mercado, Jacqueline

3.      Santos, Karla Marie

4.      Andes, Ana Graciela

5.      Bondoc, Daniella

6.      Orande, Justine Joseph

7.      Roque, Lea Klariza

8.      Ocampo, Julia Daphne

9.      Yusay, Ramona Amanda

10.   Habagat, Maila Jean

 

BPDS Full Scholar

1.      Shy, Isabel

2.      Tangalin, Eira Joanne

3.      Tamondong, Daphne Joira

4.      Lacaba, Carl Edison

5.      Hervas, Gianna Venice

6.      Liong, Maria Louisa Herminia

7.      Laico, Alyssa Ariane

8.      Reyes, Iliana

9.      Agustin, Beatrice Therese

10.   Lacaba, Edgardo

 

BPDS Half Scholar

1.      Biacora, Laxmir Roselle

2.      Estoria, Alyssa Kaye

3.      Quimno, Ana Francesca

4.      Obenza, Joana Marie

5.      Vittali, Nigelle

6.      Zaragoza, Bianca

7.      Miranda, Michelle Katherine

 

BPDS Full Scholar ages 9-13

1.      Buhia, Idelle Lauryn

2.      Riego, Therese

3.      Francisco, Sophia Gabrielle

4.      Gallemit, Martina Anne

5.      Uy, Christianne Mariana

6.      Aguinaldo, Lucia

7.      Ilagan, Maxine Priscilla Julienne

8.      Rivera, Channel

9.      Lim, Trisha

10.   Mendoza, Shekinah Zarah

11.   Briones, Jacque Mae

12.   Sy, Maria Roceo

13.   Pelias, Andrea Marie

14.   Tolentino, Hannah

 

BPDS Half Scholars ages 9-13

1.      Sebastian, Heilleigh Brigette

2.      Perey, Penelope Joyce

3.      Sebastian, Isabelle Victoria

4.      Agpaoa, Brickette Faye

5.      Gombio, Angelica Antoinette

6.      Garcia, Hanna Sofia

7.      Casimiro, Bianca Nicole

8.      Flordeliza, Angelea

9.      Saavedra, Rhianna Kristienne

10.   Pascual, Jodie Anne

 

Male Scholarship Program

1.      Suntay, Carl Anthony

2.      Castronuevo, Ivan John

3.      Abaño, Michael Bryan

4.      Villanueva, Matthew

 

Opening soon: Ballet Philippines Dance School-Greenhills

 

On January 23, we will be opening our newest branch! Sign up for our early enrollment promo to get up to 50% off on tuition until January 31 (see Mechanics below).

Pre-registration is now ongoing for the following:

Children's Classes:

Play Dance

  • Saturday 1:30pm-2:30pm (Tisha San Agust

Baby Ballet

  • Monday & Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am-11:00am

Pre-Beginners I

  • Monday & Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday 11:00am-12:00nn

Pre-Beginners II

  • Monday & Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-10:00am

 

Adult Classes:

Active Stretch

  • Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am-10:00am (Stanley Canete)
  • Tuesday & Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm (Stanley Canete)

Ballet Workout

  • Tuesday & Thursday 7:30pm-8:30pm (Stanley Canete)

Ballet Zero

  • Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am-11:00am (Stanley Canete)

Ballet 1

  • Monday & Friday 6:00pm-7:30pm (Tisha San Agustin)
  • Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am-12:30pm (Stanley Canete)

Ballet 2

  • MondayWednesday, Friday 10:00am-11:30am (Anna Suntay and Tisha San Agustin)
  • Tuesday & Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm (Stanley Canete)

Yoga

  • Monday and Friday 9:00am-10:00am (Anna Suntay)

 

Mechanics for Early Enrollment Promo:

First 50 enrollees get 50% off on Tuition on all classes until January 31, 2017 

Interested enrollees are required to pre-register here. Registration fee is at Php 500.00 each and shall be paid thru bank deposit prior to start of class. 

First 50 enrollees will be entitled to a 50% discount for the classes at GH and QC Studio until January 31, 2017. Succeeding enrollees get 30% discount until February 15, 2017. 

Interested enrollees are entitled to a FREE TRIAL class from January 23 to February 28, 2017. 

Uniforms are care of enrollees.

 

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”.

 

Karylle

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.