PAGCOR, CCP present dance musical


After the successful staging of its grand musical last year, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) present a dance musical featuring the diverse dances of different countries.

Dubbed “Dances of the World, Tara Byahe Tayo,’’ the musical will showcase the dances of China, Thailand, Argentina, France, Mexico, French Polynesia, USA, Brazil, South Africa and India. The show will be held at CCP’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo in Pasay City on 9 November at 7 p.m.

The dance musical will be performed by PAGCOR employees from the Corporate offices, Casino Filipino branches and Satellite Operations Groups nationwide. There will be 10 competing groups from Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Ilocos Norte, Pampanga, Tagaytay and Metro Manila.

“They pulled off an amazing musical last year featuring the rich culture, tradition and festivities in different provinces in the Philippines. Expect that it’s going to be a grander musical performance this year,’’ Andrea Domingo, PAGCOR chairperson and CEO, said.

One of the interesting dance repertoires is the jarabe or Mexican hot dance. It is the national dance of Mexico that symbolizes courtship of a man and woman.

Also to be featured are the dances of Thailand such as lakhon (women working together), khon (traditional Thai masked dance performed by royal families), ram muay (ritual dance before kickboxing matches), ramwong (partner dance in a circle) and wai khru (dance meant to pay respect).

Mixed Argentinian dances such as the chacarera (cosmopolitan imagery of the tango), malambo (traditional folk dance), boleadoras (dance that uses bolas, a projectile weapon), tango and colorful Chinese dances like the dai dance, lion dance, wushu and Chinese folk dance are also among the highlights.

‘’It is going to be another interesting, entertaining and exciting presentation from the very talented employees of PAGCOR. They have been preparing for the last few months so expect the best,’’ Bong Quintana, assistant vice president for Entertainment, said.

The criteria for judging will be based on creativity and ingenuity (20 percent), choreography (30 percent), costume (20 percent), music (20 percent) and overall impact (10 percent).

The champions will receive P200,000, a trophy and certificate while the first and second runners -up will get P150,000 and P100,000, respectively. Consolation prizes will be given to the other participants.

Aside from the dance musical, PAGCOR will hold a raffle draw for the audience and guests. The prizes at stake include a brand new Toyota Innova worth P1.5 million and cash prizes.

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