Philippine Ballet Theatre to tour California this June

Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2019 04:43 PM

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The Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT) and NorCal Academy of Performing Arts will present "Filipino masterpieces" and "Serye at Sayaw," a special concert featuring a unique cultivation of music and dance inspired by Filipino-American culture and history.

Proceeds from the show, which will be held at The Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose, California on June 8, will go to scholarships which benefited many of the dancers who will be performing.

Performers who joined PBT as kids shared how it has changed their lives, saying they are grateful for the opportunity.

"Being part of Philippine Ballet Theater changed my life by opening up my perspective in dancing," said Clarise Miranda.

"I've really learned a lot and grown even in character and in person with the company," added Marika Desembrana.

Noemi Estrella-Casilio, a trustee of PBT, said she has seen many underprivileged youth live out their dreams thanks to the scholarships.

"They graduate from scholar to apprentice, [then] from apprentice to full membership," she said. "They have allowances, they have salaries, and their ballet wear is provided by the company.

Since 1987, the PBT has become a reputable performing company that continues to foster the talents of young Filipinos. 

"It is a reward when we see them blooming... and when you see them on stage," said Estrella-Casilio. "It's an amazing feeling."

She hopes that in honor of Philippine Independence Day, kababayans of the Bay Area can come out for the show.

The PBT will also have a performance in Los Angeles on June 15 and will return to the Bay Area at San Francisco State University on June 23. 

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