Friday, June 24, 2011

Peaceful Thoughts and a Happy Heart

It was a different dance recital, but from Marge Enriquez, always expect something out of the ordinary.
It was poetry in motion, her fluid body movements matched the wisdom that only a peaceful soul could utter.

Being a Brahma Kumaris follower, her dance sequences corresponded to the quotations of BK founder Dadi Janki.
My favorite piece was when she was taken to the heavens, freedom at last from all worldly attachments.

""The things of the outside should not affect me. When I am very clean and peaceful inside and my thoughts are elevated whatever else should happen, happens. If my heart is happy, my mind will be cool. If I have to live in this body, this is how I need to do it. I should free myself from anger because others around me feel pain or sorrow because of my actions."

These are the words of wisdom from Dadi Janki, touted as the World's Most Stable Mind. Dadi Janki is the head of the Brahma Kumaris, an NGO affiliated with the United Nations. More than 30 years ago she
undertook a brain wave test in America. The findings showed that her waves were on delta state, the equivalent to deep sleep, even while performing her activities. She attributes this stability of mind to
meditation. Her lectures have inspired this multi-media show "Healed Heart." directed by Bart Guingona and choreographed by Douglas Nierras and lighting by Jay Aranda. In the background is Impy Pilapil's
"Bloom" sculpture. The videos and music were done by the graduates of the College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts.

Up, up and away! Good bye world!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Flamenco Feeeeever... OLE!

It was raining almost all week last week but on the day of our flamenco recital, the heavens decided to bless us with sunshine and a waft of cool afternoon breeze.  Like always, the Patroness of flamenco dance, the lovable Tereret Liboro, offered her studio for our daily practices and her Venetian patio as the venue of the recital. There were at most, a hundred flamenco enthusiasts gathered in the Liboro Venetian patio. Guests who graced and patronized the show mingled with US, the bailaores (flamenco dancers) who at long last can show off our dance numbers after months of classes and hectic practices.  

For those not familiar with flamenco, then definitions are in order. Flamenco is a style of dance that is considered part of the culture of Spain although it is native to only one region-Andalusia.  Along with the Andalusian origins, Gypsy, Byzantine, Sephardic and Moorish elements have always been cited as influenced in the development of flamenco.  The dance is a highly expressive dance form. It was originally a solo dance but has now evolved into group dances.  Flamenco is characterized by hand clapping, rhythmic feet stomping and intricate hand, arm and body movements. Dancers must follow a strict framework of rhythmic patterns. Guitarists provide the music for flamenco accompanied by a singer. 

Teachers Cecile de Joya, Maritzi Aquino and Emma Estrada, erstwhile founder of Centro Flamenco, conceptualized this recital.  Students of the 3 teachers, (of all ages-ranging from 6 to ...young junior citizens) delighted the audience with everything that they have learned from the 3 teachers.  The 3 teachers also showed off their dance prowess by dancing with the group except for Teacher  Emma who gave a powerful Solea number.  Solea (solitude) expresses the pathos of love, life and death.  Inspite of the forceful zapateados, ( a rhythmic combination of sounds made by stepping with the toe, sole and heel of the foot) and pateos (hard stepping movements) her dance showed a femininity factor as she showed graceful hand and arm movements, undulating hips and swerving waistlines. The expressions of her face varied with the different emotions that she exuded. 

Maritzi and Cecile, the mother and daughter tandem on the other hand, did an excellent job with their respective team of students, dancing to their choreography of rhumbas, tangos, alegrias, and bulerias.  Maritzi also danced  a flamenco tangos number with me, Tereret, Vida Reyes, and  Dra. Baby Manlapit.  I must thank her for patiently giving me extra time to learn the dance 3 weeks before the recital. She danced 4 other numbers (rumba, bulerias, alegrias, martinete )with Teacher Emma and her core group, (Belen Co, Nina Prats, and Nina Glorioso) which she is a part of.  Sevillanas, the classical Spanish dance usually danced during town fiestas, was performed by every student of all levels of class. In my humble  opinion, Sevillanas  is like a rite of passage for bailaores. (flamenco dancers). Unless you know how to dance the Sevillanas, even only one copla (there are four disitinct parts called coplas to learn), then you cannot call yourself a flamenco dancer.  Our two male dancers, Jorge Amparado and Russel Wisden were the pride of the teachers. Jorge danced a Matador dance (showing off his expertise with a matador's cape) and was the male solist in a modern Bulerias number with Donna and Yukari.  Russell did a solo dance of the third copla of the Sevillanas and the forst copla with his sister Rose Vera Wisden. 

Congratulations  to all the recitalists who contributed to make the event a howling success!! The young bailaores, Riru Akado, Ysobelle Garceau, Sofia and Gabrielle Estrada, Aidan Ballesteros, showed a lot of promise to be great flamenco dancers in a few years.  Other dancers included (Basic 1 Class) Maria Crowley, Grace Sanez, Donna de Padua, Toko Akada, (Basic 2 Class) Kako, Kazu, Yukari Iai, Tereret Liboro, Donna Mascarinas, Rose Alcarez, Alice Cua, Karla Javier, Karen Young, Rose Vera Wisden. 

We are all looking forward to our next recital! It was a learning experience and lots of FUN! The hours of practice released my endorphins and serotonin (happy hormones) which kept me singing and humming all day long. 

Flamenco enthusiasts Erly Gamboa and Madame Marie Gouvary came early to choose their prime seats.
Pr lady Babes Dimalanta and award winning film producer of"Insiang" Ruby Tiong Tan

Three generations of "Flamenco Bailaores" Sylvia Jamora, daughter Therese J. Garceau and grand daughter Ysobelle J. Garceau

Young talent Aidan Ballesteros wowed the crowd with his tap/flamenco number

Sevillana dancers choreographed by teacher Cecile de Joya (in the left front side) gave a fiesta kind of feeling to the recital

Hey, that's me, dancing the 3rd copla of the sevillanas with
partner Tereret Liboro

Flamenco is in the blood- Wisden siblings Rose Vera and Russel, charmed the audience with their dance number

Cape dancer Jorge Amparado did an impressive solo

Russel Wisden plays the bongo while the ladies headed by Tereret L. do the manos for the entry of the dancers

Come rhumba with me!

More Rhumba-Tereret and Donna join in

Teacher Maritzi Aquino leads our Tango number.

Flamenco's future bailaores! 

Lovely Senoritas!


A happy bunch of flamenco bailaores relax after the show!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hot Curves with CURVEX

“Gone are the days when you have to go through pain to be beautiful. For instance, for losing stubborn fat and cellulite there are technologies like Ultrasonic Cavitation (UC), Multi-Polar Radio-Frequency, LED Photodynamic and Endermology Massage Treatments” says Dr. Abe Marinduque, Medical Director of BH6750.

Dr. Abe Marinduque is a gynecologist and is a specialist in restoring women ‘s tightness reminiscent of their virginal state. 

These non-invasive, non-surgical procedures allow one to lose stubborn fatty deposits in hard to reach areas such as the legs, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, arms, etc. It breaks down fat cellsand converts it to a liquid substance that is removed through the lymphatic system and through local inflammatory scavenging --- no surgical cuts nor scars; thus, one can still do one’s regular routine after the treatment sessions. 

And so I went for my first Curvex session.  I told my doctor friends in Beverly Hills 6750 on Ayala Ave.,  Dr. Abe Marinduque and Dr. Ed Santos about my predicament: I was going to Discovery Shores in Bora and was not sure if I had the body to wear my bikini.  After checking me out (yes, I allowed Dr. Abe to check my abs!) he gave the verdict that I did not need liposuction. However, I could use some sessions of Curvex Advanced Body Contouring!  After a few sessions, I was ready to face the world in my CURVEX- toned bikini ready body. 

Dr. Ed Santos is a specialist in weight loss management and bariatric surgery. 

The Benefits of Curvex

If you need to be fit and toned in time for that trip to Boracay, then Curvex is the answer for you. This non-invasive and safe treatment combines the breakthrough technologies of Ultrasonic Cavitation and Multi-Polar and Bi-Polar RF with Vacuum to ensure that your body is in the best shape possible in showcasing that bikini. That’s why Curvex has become most effective solution for stubborn fats, loose skin, cellulite, and other weight problems.

The Curvex machine can do magic for you face and body. 

Here are the different ways Curvex does wonders and lets you have that sexy beach body:

  • All the stubborn fats and hard-to-reach areas where fat is localized will be removed. If you choose Curvex to shape the whole body, you will definitely feel and look lighter, and your skin will be tighter.
  • With Curvex, healthier and firmer skin can be achieved in a 30-minute session. If you have trouble with cellulite or sagging skin, then this is the treatment for you. By enhancing collagen production, your skin will be wrinkle-free and smoother once again.
  • Curvex is also beneficial for those who are opting for liposuction. Undergoing Curvex before the liposuction will ensure that surgery will be faster and smoother. After liposuction, you are guaranteed to maintain that hot new body with frequent Curvex sessions.
  • Jiggly thighs will be a thing of the past as Curvex makes it possible to rid you of cellulite. Targeting cellulite prone areas such as the butt and the thighs, Curvex will enable you to strut your stuff in the shortest of shorts and look fantastic while doing so.        
  • Younger and healthier-looking skin is possible with Curvex’s innovative treatments. Your face will be even in tone and the texture, smoother. This is the perfect non-invasive alternative to Botox.
  • Get unbelievably soft, seamless, and silky skin with Curvex’s pore refining treatments. Curvex will repair uneven skin texture, flakiness, and roughness, making your bare skin healthy and free from bacteria, oil, and dirt.
  •  The area around the eyes is what usually betrays one’s age and with Curvex, you will look perpetually younger. Curvex will smoothen the skin and diminish crow’s feet.

With all these benefits, Curvex guarantees that you will be proud to display that tight and smooth body at the sandy beaches of Boracay.

As a footnote, I did looked hot in my bikini Curvex toned body. But did not have the guts to wear it. I wonder why!!

Aim for this body!  with Curvex plus diet and execise, you might get transformed. 

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Argentine Tango: Two Bodies in Synergy

The yearly Manila Tango Festival had a four day celebration of workshops, nightly milongas, (Argentine tango dance sessions) private training, a competition event and a Gala night that featured exciting performances by this year’s visiting Argentinian artists.  The Tango Blitz was a joint effort between the Manila Tango Club headed by Ogie Mendoza, one of Manila’s Tango Masters and Philippine Argentine Tango Association headed by another tango Master, Evaristo “Jun” Borja.

The Argentine tango is one sexy dance. With skillful mastery of its footwork, spins, throws and dips, the Argentine Tango of today is hotter than ever. It trains one on proper mind and body coordination. It involves activities such as learning and memorizing complicated steps, concentrating on the rhythm of the music, and dancing in close synergy with your partner.  It is a very intimate dance with a lot of walking in a close embrace, chests pressing against each other, legs rubbing and entwining… muscles and skin start to communicate! As one tango master says, “ Each partner must be willing to become vulnerable in order to exchange energies: a physical and emotional transaction takes place.” 

Ideally, the dancers are together as a couple so there are no inhibitions in their closeness. One of the three tango couples who arrived to teach and show their skills. Laila Rezk and Leando Oliver are married to each other. Before they got married, they were dance partners for 5 years. Their long partnership is manifested in the perfection of their art. Their passion is palpable and brings the audience to breathtaking heights.  While watching them, I was in awe of their dancing, in a virtual state of passion. I could feel Leandro’s arms around Laila, his legs rubbing against hers, his breath on her neck., his chest against her heaving breasts.  Then they changed the tempo and did a fast tango, sexy boleos and planeos, skillful molinetti, front and back secadas, breathtaking lifts and dips that showed complete mastery of their art. 

The other two couples, Natalia Hills and Alvaro Sales, and Tamara Bisceglia performing with Lucas Di Giorgio also gave impressive performances.  All three couples gave workshops to Manila’s tangueros/tangueras.

Argentine Tango can be learned in Jun Borja’s studio in Dollar 88, Jovan Bldg, corner Samat and Show Blvd, room 204 tel. 09289838864;  Studio Amapola under Ogie Mendoza at 257 Amapola St. Palm Village Makati tel 5199826; or Edna Ledesma’s dance studio at Studio 116, Gr. Fl, LRI Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia Street (former Reposo) . tel 8955581.  

Edna Ledesma, one of our country’s dance divas co Founded Philippine Argentine Tango Association

Ogie Mendoza, gave a surprise tango number with Tamara Bisceglia, (the principal dancer of Forever Tango 2011.)

Jun Borja has a passion for tango that shows when he teaches

Argentine Masters Natalia Hiils (right) and Tamara Bisceglia gave workshops to aspiring “tangueras.” 

Laila Resk and Leandro Oliver were dancing the Argentine since childhood. They gave exciting numbers that wowed the crowd. 

Two bodies in synergy.

1st runner up winners in the competition, Scenario Category, Don Anovar and Ariane Rose Madrid