Philippine Ballet Theatre beautifully performs “Filipino Masterpieces and Serye at Sayaw” in Los Angeles

The Philippine Ballet Theatre features versatile choreography of music and dance inspired by Philippine and American culture, in their United States concert tour entitled, “Filipino Masterpieces & Serye at Sayaw”, held at the Scientology Community Center Auditorium on June 15, 2019. (Los Angeles PCG photo )

Los Angeles — The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles attended the Philippine Ballet Theatre’s (PBT) performance dubbed, “Filipino Masterpieces and Serye and Sayaw” held at the Scientology Community Center Auditorium in North Hollywood back on June 15, 2019.

Meanwhile, “Dancing in One Voice”, presented lively choreography accompanied by American pop songs, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” and “Just Give Me a Reason.”

The concert, which filled the venue to capacity, commenced with a fashion show entitled, “Essentially Filipino Fashion,” by renowned Filipiniana fashion designer Cora DJ Manimbo and filigree designer Oskar Atendido.

The concert showcased PBT’s versatility through a three-act show: Filipino Masterpieces, Dancing in One Voice, and Serye at Sayaw.

PBT dancers showcase the Filipiniana fashion and filigree accessories designed by Ms. Cora Manimbo and Oskar Atendido.

The first act, “Filipino Masterpieces” featured interpretation of the distinctive movement of Mindanao’s traditional seafaring vessel, the Vinta, and presented a nostalgic visualization of different customs and traditions during the turn of the 20th century in Mantones de Manila.

The third act, “Serye at Sayaw”, on the other hand, featured the love story of a ballerina named Margarette, which was told through PBT’s soulful interpretation of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) classics such as “Ngayon at Kailanman”, “Tuwing Umuulan”, “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika”, among others.

Meanwhile, “Dancing in One Voice”, presented lively choreography accompanied by American pop songs, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” and “Just Give Me a Reason.”

Before their one-night Los Angeles performance, Consul General to Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz hosted a dinner reception for the PBT delegation at his residence on June 12, 2019.

The dinner, which was organized in partnership with the Asian Journal Media Group‘s Publisher and President Mr. and Mrs. Roger and Cora Oriel, and attended by Grace Ouano, Trinity Foliente and other leaders of the Filipino-American community who supported the Los Angeles leg of PBT’s United States concert tour.

The Philippine Ballet Theatre was founded in 1986 as a response to the clamor to support ballet artists and their respective companies.  Throughout the years, the group’s goals evolved into striving for the preservation and showcasing of classical full-length ballets, the commissioning of Filipino heritage masterpieces, and bringing to the forefront the extraordinary talent of Filipino artists, not only as performers but also as choreographers.

In this endeavor, the Philippine Ballet Theatre has supported many talented youths with training through scholarships from the support of its many generous benefactors.

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