Thursday, July 17, 2014

Latin Interlude Sizzled at Marco Polo Ortigas's ballroom!

The undefeated  7x Blackpool Latin dance champions, Joanna Leunis and partner Michael Malitowski breezed in to town for a two day workshop and a Gala show at the newly opened five-star hotel, Marco Polo Ortigas.  The pair once again wowed Metro Manila's ballroom dancers when they showed them their supremacy in Latin dance techniques which had won for them the championship for the 7th time at Blackpool, England, which is the Olympics of Ballroom Dance.

The show was Produced by one of Manila's Dance Divas Ana Palma and Michael Wisniewski of Manteca Arts in cooperation with Lane Movers, Vendiz Pharmaceuticals, Calata Corp, Ralph's Wines,  Raintree Group of Companies,  San Miguel Beer, Drino Shoes, Lhuillier Jewellers, Neo Strata, Toyota Taytay, Amigo Entertainment Technologies, Unilever, Uratex and Marco Polo,Ortigas.

The entire program was hosted by Michael Angelo Lobrin, VP of Calata Corporation. The front act consisted of Argentine Tango Dancers James Borja and Jeannan Salas, American Standard Asia Cup Champions Marvin Marquez and Anna Klausen, Belinda Adora's Step Kids dancing Latin , and the wheel chair dancers of Bong Marquez.

The familiar faces of Manila's ballroom dance world were all there in full force to once again delight in the dance expertise of these Latin champions, Michael and Joanna!

producers Michael Wisniewski and Ana Palma
with the show's host, MichaelAngelo Lobrin.
Ballroom dance athletes Ryan Jago,
Jocelyn Poon and Pinky Puno
Atty Rene Puno, Ann Puno
Raintree Group CEO Annbelle Wisniewski,
Clara Mortensen Wisniewski, Myrza Sison Wisniewski
Vendiz CEO Philip Dizon and Cong. Lucy Torres Gomez
Angela Pia Santos,  Charles Lhuillier , Philip Dizon, Nikki Tang,
Ann Ong, Mayenne Carmona, David Lim and Linda Ley

Belinda Adora, Arlene Cu, Joana Leunis,
Michael Malotowski, Anthony Plamia
Philip Dizon, Rachel de Guzman, Suzette Lopez,
Hera Geriene, Len Olbes and Francis de Leon
a sultry rumba from the main stars
Joanna and Michael
the wheel chair dancers of Bong Marquez
Show producer Michael W.
with the show's assistants Loren and Coco
Bong Marquez, Regine Tolentino,
Ana Palma and Lander Vera Perez 
One- of a- kind Fashion
Accessory designer Ann Ong
Argentine Tango dancers
Jeannan Salas and James Borja 
Vendiz Pharmaceutical Chairman Philip Dizon,
Phil Star writer Mayenne Carmona, Michael Malitowski,
Joanna Leunis and Jessica Dizon
 David Lim, Pinky Puno, Virgie Lane, CEO of Lane Movers,
one of the show's sponsors, Mayenne Carmona & Jason Lane

Ballroom Afficionado Ofi wadle
 American Standard dance champions
 Anna Klausen,and Marvin Marquez
with the show producer, Ana Palma
Agile Zamora
Dennis Gil-Gimenez, Jemellie Gonzalez,
Bambi Antonio de Castro and Ron de Castro 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wishing Mommy Dearest More Dancing Years to Come!

We celebrate Mommy's birthday every year as she really looks forward to it. This year was extra special as it was a milestone birthday. We planned a program for her which included dance numbers from my sister Marisa and myself.  Our numbers brought the house down but nothing close to when Mommy did her number.  

The party place rocked and rolled when Mommy Inday Carmona was led to the dance floor by her three Dance Partners, Jimmy Jumawan, Rey de los Reyes, and James Borja.  The three dance partners conceptualized a number which was a combination of boogie, twist, hip hop, pachata and reggae. But the "piece de resistance" of her number was when she got lifted in the air!  I was a basket case of emotions- I was screaming, laughing, crying- I was hysterical really!  I realized that it was a moment of triumph for Mom as it validated her passion for dance which she started 37 years ago with her Dance instructor, Boy Balani.  For 35 years she continued to dance with him until two years ago when he fell ill and had to stop dancing. But Mommy wanted to continue dancing so we chose 3 different dance partners to dance with her on different nights of the week.  Through the years, we saw her take different roles in their club's big affairs (Mom joined Supremes, Smiles, Circle) like Valentine Queen (Valentine Ball), Salsa Queen (Latin Night), Roman Goddess(Roman Holiday Night)etc. These theme parties raised her adrenalin to the Max and inspired her to look beautiful and slim always. 
She got us involved in her theme parties as she would always ask us to plan her costumes and invite us to attend with her. Daddy was very supportive of her ballroom dancing as he realized that this was what kept Mommy healthy and fit.

Now that she is a "Nonagenarian",  we are so proud to say that she has very minimal health concerns and she credits this fact to her dancing years. Doctors will tell you that dancing has indeed a treasure trove of health benefits like: improved mental functions, improved condition of the heart and lungs, increased muscular strength, motor fitness and endurance, improved balance, flexibility and spatial awareness, stronger bones and  reduce risk of osteoporosis, improved general and psychological well being, weight management, increased physical confidence, greater self confidence and self esteem, better social skills.  

Cheers to our the Dancing Queen, Josefa "Inday" Carmona, may she have more dancing years to come! 

Up in the air, Birthday Queen, Inday Carmona !

Her 3 dance partners Rey de los Reyes,
James Borja and Jimmy Jumawan.

Shake, rattle and Roll, Mommy!
my dramatic flamenco/salsa/samba number with
 international dance competitor Ryan Jago.

Make a wish, Mommy dearest!
 Family and friends gather around the birthday celebrant
standing: Ryan Jago, Mayenne Carmona, Steven Chan;
seated: Tereret Liboro, Vicky Lopez

Family members with Mommy- Steven Chan, Yeng Carmona,
Sen Sanchez, Marisa, Mayenne

the young 'Uns- JR, Naisa , Sofia & Marco Carmona,
and Stephan Carmona Chan

extended family members- Bert & Tina Limjuco,
Len and Dr. Nunie Fernandez
Ballroom dancers Donna Marin,  Marilen Lopez
and Tereret Liboro

Argentine Tango dancers-
Jeannan Salas and James Borja
Dr. Catalan and Badet giving a rumba number

Mayenne, Dadddy, Marisa, Jeannan Salas,
Rey de los Reyes and Jimmy Jumawan