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Monday, May 14, 2012

Press Release: 4 Argentine Tango Couples Set to Regale Manila’s Growing Tango Lovers


Over a hundred years since its birth, the Tango has had, in recent years, an unprecedented global following as a lifestyle and travel option among culture-seekers and dance aficionados.

Its music, at once passionately uplifting and eternally tragic, brings together a diversity of men and women from all walks of life in the quintessential Tango embrace, in three minutes of a song, with the most subtle of movements unlike any other dance any dancer has ever danced before.

From city centres in Europe, North America, across the Pacific and Down Under, and now in
Southeast Asia, the Tango is gripping the hearts of millions of dance pilgrims in dance studios, social halls, hotel ballrooms, local cafes, swanky bars, famous parks and touristy riverbanks.

And much like crossing time zones for the ultimate ski run or beach getaway, travelling to dance
Tango has become a novel trend as Tango enthusiasts pursue the most sought-after maestros or explore the next best milonga (Tango dance party) in a new city – for the magic of an incomparable bliss, an unspoken connection with a complete stranger through the universal language of the Tango embrace.

TangoBlitz is a blazing trail of magic and seduction, a mega Tango festival, happening this year from May to June in 7 cities around Asia: Singapore, Manila, Bali, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh and Brunei. Organized by  Tango Oriental, each Asian city is co-hosted by their local tango clubs.

Here in Manila, Tango Oriental partners with the Manila Tango Club. This partnership has been instrumental in providing our local enthusiasts quality tango presentations featuring world renowned Argentine tango masters.

Though the Manila Tango Club has been in existence for over a decade now, it was only 4 years ago when Manila finally caught up with this growing phenomenon now sweeping across Asia. This year, an impressive line-up of top-caliber tango artists from Buenos Aires await the avid aficionados, from May 17-20, a 4-day event beginning with a Tango competition; and a Gala Masters show, both at the Makati Sports Club; Filipiniana-themed and farewell milongas at the Ristorante L'Ambasciata D'Abruzzo and Society Lounge, respectively; workshops, private coaching and more.

The region's well-loved couple Laila & Leandro Oliver together with Forever Tango star Tamara
Bisceglia with Federico Paleo head the line-up for this year's presentation, with Analia Carreno
& Luiggi Ramirez of Conjuro Tango fame, and salon maestros Noelia Coletti & Pablo Giorgini.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with not just one
or 2 couples, but 4 fantastic Argentine tango couples. They will not only enthral you with
this passionate dance that has been taking the world by storm, but they will be here to hold
workshops starting on 15 May 2012, and dance with all the tangueros and tangueras during the
nightly Milonga parties.


Analia Carreno & Luiggi Ramirez of Conjuro Tango fame

Salon maestros Noelia Coletti & Pablo Giorgini 

The region's well-loved couple Laila & Leandro Oliver

Forever Tango star Tamara Bisceglia with Federico Paleo




Ogie Mendoza-- The Man behind a Movement



The Man behind a Movement

Ogie Mendoza's expertise on Argentine Tango spans 17 years of experience from 3 aspects of the dance.  First and foremost as a teacher, he has learned from all the important names in the world of tango where he had condensed the best from every master he has learned with and incorporated it with his own understanding, eventually formulating his own syllabus that now defines his pedagogy.He has honed his teaching skills from conducting numerous workshops to tango communities in almost all the major cities in Southeast Asia.

As a performer, he did countless performances in cities like Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Dubai & Kota Kinabalu. The most notable of which were two performances at the KLCC-Petronas with his violinist student, Ms. Runa Baagoe, in a symphony orchestra with musicians from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 & 2008. The opportunity to perform at the prestigious KLCC-concert hall with a thousand spectators watching, is one defining moment in his colorful career.

As an organizer, he has brought tango promotion in the region to new heights and dimension under his event company Tango Oriental, creator of Tangoxposed, Tangoblitz, and Oriental Visit. The influx of genuine Argentine talents through his initiative benefited a whole region in need of tango expertise. It gave the region's tango communities improved skills and techniques from the expertise of the teachers/performers he has brought over the last six years. These  three aspects helped shape his understanding and mastery of the Argentine tango earning him a special niche in the world of tango in SEAsia.

For the 4th Manila Tango Festival program and packages, please email manilatangoclub@gmail.com or call +632-895-4576. You  may also visit the following websites:  www.manilatangofestival.com or www.tangoblitz.com  for information updates, as well as Facebook pages: Manila Tango Club or Tango Philippines.

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