There is so much to be thankful for as the DanceSport Council of the Philippines celebrates its 20th anniversary.
When I founded the DanceSport Council 20 years ago, I did not imagine even in my wildest dreams that one day dancesport will become an institution, a thriving industry improving the lives of so many people, producing dancesport champions and putting the Philippines in the international dancesport map.
We have reached two decades of dancesport existence and still moving on. It was not an easy ride at the start but we have survived and we will continue to pursue our mission and vision to put the Philippines in the world dancesport map and we are getting there. We have since witness our dancesport community grow and establish itself into an institution we could now all be proud of.
Last Saturday October 1, upon the initiative of one of our active board of directors, Tita Nanette Mendoza, we presented an anniversary show at the Makati Sports Club featuring all our top dancesport athletes and supporters.
Dedicated coach and show director was former dancesport champion Bong Marquez. The board of directors were even prodded to do a dance number as the finale. We performed to a full house attended by our dancesport friends, supporters and enthusiasts. Leading the guests were Philippine Olympic Committee director Cynthia Carrion with husband Jerry Rollins, former DSCPI director Jun Herrera and wife Ditas, who continue to be a staunch supporter of dancesport.
The program started with an invocation led by director Andy Fornier. The opening number which was well applauded was the eight movements showdance led by Gerald Jamili, Cherry Parcon,Gelmar Ballovar, Sheena Badong, Elmar Dizon, Rachael Sun, Jed Villaruel, Rose Jean Marquez, and Ben James; The group of Dance Vision Arena dancing |Standard led by Benny Lao and Jeanfer Salas, Brian Ocana and Elena Lee, Frederick Ventura and Anita Tansipek, Zandro Siozan and Tengteng Abella. Standing ovation was the Antipolo Kids of Belinda Adora who performed a great Latin showdance. Not to be outdone was the Latin and Standard performance of the students of Studio 116.
The highlight was the dance numbers performed by the national team composed of standard Group German Enriquez and Danella Publico, Tristan John Ducay and sister Willane Rose Ducay, Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla. The Latin group was Gerald Jamili and Cherry Parcon, Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo,Roque and Rhea Marquez.
The highlight of the show was the finale number of the members of the board—opening chacha number by Atty. Andy Fornier and Arianne Madrid; a Tango number by Atty. Noel Laman and Danella Publico,Rumba number by Mike Ozaeta and Cherry Parcon; a foxtrot number by Becca Jose and Marvin Marquez; a bouncy samba number by Glo Alcala and Richard Obong and Emma Nieto and Noel Reyes which brought the house down, a mean jive number by Nanette Mendoza and Michael Gualvez and Chona Mercado and Norwille Damasin and finally a jumpy Chachacha number by Ambassador Tonet and Linda Lagdameo, Marvie Cojuangco Yulo and Jesse Panelo and yours truly and Joel Ocsena.
The program ended with a shower of confetti and a thank you speech from yours truly thanking the guests present, the continued support of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee, Pagcor Chairman Andrea Domingo a former DanceSport board and dance competitor, Benny Lao of Dance Vision, Emily Silva of Studio 116 where we held our rehearsals for the show, and of course thanks to all my dancers who gave a great show that night. Long live DanceSport!