God has been really faithful in answering all of our "Christmas wishes" last year that He really fully-loaded our schedules for this year. Since this year opened, Acts Manila's performances have been one after the other, and we couldn't just be more grateful. Keeping up with what God has in store for us maybe shaking off our schedules, but definitely enjoying every single moment onstage.
Here's a bit of a round-up for what has been happening with Acts Manila (and my life, of course):
Acts Manila in our annual CCP Main Theatre Recital ~ "Once Upon An Ever After", April 24.
|"Let it Go" by Chelo Gemina • photo by Tes Tirol|
|"Ian's Walk" by Jan Manlapig • photo by Tes Tirol|
|"Esmeralda" by Jun Saagundo • photo by Tes Tirol|
..and of course my beloved kiddos who performed so well on that night!
|Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter, Dormouse, March Hare|
The Happy Prince Jewels • The Velveteen Rabbit Children
We were also privileged to be chosen by Ms. Myra Beltran to be part of RE: Rosas ng Maynila at the Bonifacio High Street for the International Dance Day celebration, April 27. It was an amazing experience to perform the iconic "Rosas danst Rosas" choreography by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.
|photo from Jem Rodriguez|
|photo from Jem Rodriguez|
Check out the video here, uploaded by Ms. Myra Beltran:
Acts Manila's out of town assignment last June 4-6: MICE Conference at Fontana in Clark, Pampanga. It was a new kind of experience - from the preparations, rehearsals, to the actual performance itself! We got to dance in sync with video effects through the hologram screen and LED projection, something I thought only exists in YouTube, hehe. Watch our "Brand New Day" performance video with the Ryan Cayabyab Singers here and the closing ceremony performance with the LED projection effects here!
|late night rehearsals..|
|..to early morning call time! (as in 6am early!!)|
|all dressed up in line with the theme!|
Another main highlight was out trip to Laos ~ June 11-16! We performed for the Philippine Embassy's 116th Independence Day Celebration. Thank you to Her Excellency Ambassador Lumen Isleta for giving us the privilege to represent our country there.
|Acts Manila's "Madamira & Sarumbanggi" as part of the Filipino repertoire • photo by Gerry Gemina|
|Acts Manila with Ambassador Lumen Isleta|
|being presented to the VIP guests • photo by Tes Tirol|
|conducted a workshop for the kids from the Filipino community in Laos|
|also performed for the students of the Laos School of Music and Dance (they really have big stages, i tell you)|
And of course, we did not miss out on experiencing the wonders of the city!
|Acts Manila at the Patuxai Victory Monument • photo by Gerry Gemina|
|on tourist mode|
|no regrets for all these ice cream goodness (whooops!)|
|of course, shopping! even if they don't have malls, we had great deals on the night market ;)|
We also had performances for churches and SM Malls. (and there will be another on July 26 at SM Southmall for their Jeans Month celebration)
|for CCF Alabang's Easter service • photo from Jem Rodriguez|
|here's one from SM Sta. Rosa performance, June 28 • photo from Julia Morados|
And finally for our next BIG THING!
Acts Manila's 3rd company show happening this August 24 ~ "MOVE!" at the CCP Little Theatre, 6pm. We will be featuring new choreographies, with special guest performance by Acts Manila alumna (now with the Pennsylvania Ballet), Sarah Grace Lee. Save the date!
See you in our next performances! We are definitely on the MOVE! ;)
For updates, you may visit our website at www.actsmanila.com or through our Acts Manila Facebook page.