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Relive the thrill of the theater. Be a part of Acts Manila’s annual production at the CCP Main Theater – Once Upon An Ever After. Visit an Acts Manila affiliate school today. Enrollment ongoing year-round. See you at the CCP this 24 April 2014!

Duyan ng Magiting

Acts Manila will have its second company show entitled “Duyan Ng Magiting”. It will feature the tender side of heroism with choreographies by Herbert Alvarez, Zyda Baaya, Jun Saagundo, Pia Paderes, Melvin dela Cruz and Jayson Austria. Onstage at the CCP Little Theater on June 9, Sunday, 2013. Show starts 630pm.


Photo credit: Tes Pedrosa-Tirol

Note: My first attempt at Amorsoloesque. Wanted to achieve that vintage painterly look for this layout.

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”
― Wilferd Peterson

Acts Manila goes onstage @ the CCP Main Theatre this May 2012 with 13 participating schools. Check out the ongoing rehearsals and preparations for this annual event in the video below – a sneak peek of what to expect.

This year’s theme is taken from  Isaiah 61:3.

and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Here it is:


Check out Acts Manila’s website (www.actsmanila.com) for summer and all-year-round classes and schedules and be a part of transforming our nation through dance!


This is my first attempt at video and I shot the footage with guess what?….  a simple point and shoot cam. 🙂 Bring out the black ties, the custom lapel pins and the red carpet! hahaha nah I still have a lot to learn but this was really fun to do. I can’t wait to do more.


We had the opportunity to display some of our Everything Ballet products at the CCP Lobby last month. I found a lot of inspiration online on how to set up our display table. I wanted to do a little shabby chic inspired tablescape much like this one from Such Pretty Things.

Here’s our version of her lovely table:

Everything Ballet cupcakes

Everything Ballet cookies

We displayed a lot of products on our table aside from the pastries above. We had bags, cards, stationery and anything and everything ballet-related. It was a fun experience and hopefully we can plan a better setup next year. I think I’m going to look into those point of purchase displays to see how we can step it up a notch next time. Thank you to all who purchased from our table. Until next time!

The recently in concluded ballet recital of ACTS Manila was quite sucessful. It just made clear our vision that Ballet is our way of shaping society for God. Every step we take, every number we perform is a testimony to the great abilities our God has to establish the principles of His Kingdom on earth. All the sleepless nights and rehearsals were worth it. The extra doses of vitamins for women were all for a worthy cause. Excellence…Faith…Social Transformation.

Its been over a year since I started teaching ballet.  Since then, I have lost about 30 lbs.  For a lot of people, its really the lack of physical activity that leads to being overweight or obese. The best weight loss supplements can’t beet engaging into physical training. It forces the individual to take ownership of his or her weight problem. Whatever the nature of the training is, it has to be something you really like.  For me , Dance works best because there is a level of performance I push for.  You experience a certain level of frustration when your body fails to achieve the artistic expression you desire. Its not just looking good but being able to communicate your thoughts and feeling somatically.

Today, our son and daughter performed at the school where they have ballet lessons.  We woke up at 530am and got to the place at around 7am.  This was just in time for the agreed call time with their ballet teacher.  They had 2 runs of their dance and then they were set.  While waiting for their time to be called, they were given juice and some little cakes.  As they were about to go to the performance area, my daughter says she needed to go to the bathroom for some heavy relief. I told her to hold it.  It was a good thing that she was able to do so.  After their performance, I cancelled my plans for the morning and rushed home thinking about the scale of the mess she needed to make (Think of the hemorrhoid relief she might need, ha! ha! ) .Good thing it was not as bad as I thought it would be.

I think the moral of the story is for me not to give them juice early in the morning particularly during performances.  When your kids have a show, it would be a time to be adventurous with your food or drink choices.   Stay with proven staples until after  the show.   You would not want to risk ruining your kid’s pretty costume.  In my case, this would be regular tasty bread and water for breakfast. Stay away from stuff with mayo or are acidic in nature. These usually spoil or cause violent reactions in your child’s sensitive tummy.   A pinch of prevention is definitely better than a pound of cure.

In my son’s ballet class today, their teacher asked the kids how old they were. Most of the girls indicated that they were turning 10 this year.  When the teacher realized this, she told her students that they needed to have 3x per week classes starting July.  She stated that in Classical Ballet, a dancer’s time is limited and that upon reaching 10 no time was to be wasted.  Before even getting their first acne treatment, the teacher intends to start them on pointe work.  She says 3x per week training would ensure that the kids are strong enough to do more demanding pointe routines.

While it is good to get kids on pointe shoes soonest, it is normally not advisable for them to do this before 10.  Doing so would lead to growth problems because children’s bones are more cartilagenous in nature.   They also must have demonstrated strength in routines done on regular ballet shoes.   The bleeding toes are definitely not for the faint of heart.

Pointe shoes are the distinguishing mark of a ballerina from other dancers.  The seemingly effortless moves on stage result from years of tears, dedication and hard work.