|Cebu ballroomdancing at its best
|Author: Becky Garcia
BALLROOM dancing is very much alive in the Queen City of
the South, Cebu. It will not be a surprise then if one day it will
overtake the Manila ballroom circuit. There has been a
mushrooming of ballroom clubs there and if you happen to be in
the city, check them out. The more popular ones are the
Motions, the BAI at the Cebu Plaza on certain days, Waterfront
Hotel, Lahug at the Teatro Casino every Friday, Inner Circle and
the Holiday Plaza.
I was there a few weeks ago, with
Dance Sport Council Treasurer Gloria
Alcala, as guest of honor at the 2nd
anniversary and induction of the new
officers of the Cebu City Dance Sport
Association, an affiliate of the National
Held at the Motions of the Centerpoint
Hotel, the affair was well-organized and
well-attended by Cebu's ballroom
dancing enthusiasts who are also their
patrons and supporters. In fact, they
were part of the show that was the
highlight of the affair. The program had
Part One was the induction ceremonies of the new set of officers
with incoming president Victor Cuenco heading the list, internal
vice president Leodegario Marante; external vice president
Richard Llamoso, secretary Maricris Hermosa, assistant
secretary Rhoda Besuna, treasurer Mario Malacat, assistant
treasurer Gregg Osorio and auditor Diosdado Dabasol.
Outgoing president Loloi Rendon who pioneered this
association made his valedictory address, while incoming
president Cuenco delivered his response. Certificates and
plaques of appreciation were given to outstanding members,
supporters and competitors, after which their new logo was
Part Two was a show titled ''Be My Guest'' where Cebu's
ballroom dancing queens and kings and supporters did
beautiful production numbers with their dance instructors,
mostly members of the association.
They outdid each other in their costumes and choreography; in
fact, it looked like a dance competition.
The big supporters of the group who were part of the show
were businessman Peddy Manigos, president of Jumilan
Trading, one of the biggest furniture manufacturers in Cebu;
James and Baby Uy, top exporter of dried fruits; Dr. Kathy
Oyson, doctor of philosophy and Freeman columnist; Dr.
Carmen Velez; enterprising businesswoman-realtor Penny
Capistrano; Dr. and Ms Ibarra Panopio; restaurant owners
Edward and Eleanor Hayco who did a beautiful rumba number
with Loloi; prominent socialite Annabelle Luym, Paz Radaza,
Dominique Reigel who surprised everyone with her graceful
but difficult choreography; Dr. and Ms Rey Feliciano; Lee
Castro, Marian Acevedo and Centerpoint Hotel owner Lydia
Eleonor Hayco, Dr. Carmen Velez and Annabelle Luym are also
members of the Board of Trustees of the dance association
together with Norma Gallas, Sybil Santos, Antonio Osmeqa
and Lorna Obsuna. I was very impressed by the way they
presented the program and the show but what made my trip
very fruitful was because I was able to unite two ''feuding''
associations--the Cebu Chapter of Dancesport headed by
Julius Quipot and the Cebu City Dancesport Association.
For two years now they have been in conflict and could not get
to agree on dancesport matters when, in fact, they have only
one common objective--to promote dancesport, train dancers
and send them to competitions. I called for a meeting between
the two groups and Peddy was so gracious to host the lunch at
the Port Seafood Restaurant at the Waterfront Hotel owned by
Ed and Eleonor Hayco.
There I was able to get them together for a dialogue and they
have agreed to work for a stronger Cebu representation in the
coming National Dancesport Championship on Oct. 3 in Manila.
I have also appointed as their adviser, their loyal supporter
Peddy Manigos. With this development, I know that the Cebu
contingent will make it in the coming competition.
* * *
TONIGHT will be the big show featuring the four top-ranking
couples in Standard and Latin American at the Zu of the Makati
Billed as ''Back to Back'' Latin and Standard, the show is a
fund-raising event for the training of the Philippine team who
will compete in Taipei on Oct. 9 and 10 for the IDSF 6th Asian
Pacific Dancesport Championship and the IDSF Asian Open
Standard and Latin Championship organized by the
International Dance Sport Federation.
Let's wish our competitors--Bong Marquez and Edna Ledesma,
John Co and Belinda Adora, Anna Yango and Edgar Borromeo,
Timey Ricafort and Marvin Marquez--good luck!