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The Silver Gala – Ballet Manila ‘s 25th Anniversary

The Silver Gala” is a part of Ballet Manila ‘s 25th Anniversary Season. The esteemed Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde choreographed the tragic opera “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, a poignant tale of courtship. The ballet featured real-life husband and wife Abigail Olveiro and Marc Sumaylo.

The show continued with a series of spectacular performances, encompassing various classical and contemporary pieces. These included “Ecole” by Osias Barroso, “Don Quixote,” and the powerful “21 Guns,” choreographed by Ballet Baguio’s very own Jacqueline Go Ramon as a tribute to the 2017 Marawi Siege.

Photo by PIO Baguio

Ballet Manila and Ballet Baguio also delighted the audience with additional performances, such as Abigail Oliveiro’s interpretation of “The Dying Swan,” Bam Damian’s choreography in “El Adwa,” and “The O.P.M. Suite,” a medley of local hits performed by Ballet Baguio students. The repertoire continued with “Raining in Manila,” “Magandang Gabi,” “Dalagang Pilipina,” “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas,” and “Sabihin Mo (Ikaw ay Pilipino),” serving as a magnificent finale featuring the entire cast.

“The Silver Gala” is a production brought to life by Ballet Manila in collaboration with the Manila Broadcasting Corporation, in cooperation with the City of Baguio, and in partnership with Ballet Baguio and The Manor.

Ballet Manila, a renowned classical ballet institution and dance company in the Philippines, is under the visionary leadership of CEO and Artistic Director Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. Their mission is to make ballet accessible to the public and bring the people to ballet.

This year, Ballet Baguio celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Under the guidance of Jacqueline Go Ramon, who also honed her skills at Ballet Manila, the school continues to strive for excellence as a ballet institution, producing internationally successful classical ballet dancers, teachers, and choreographers. Their commitment extends to creating a positive impact on the world.

Photo by PIO Baguio
Photo by PIO Baguio

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