A Moment of Elegance with Liza Macuja and a Sebastinan Danseur

By Dr. Lucivilla L. Marcos

The Ballet Manila’s recognition of Filipino’s grace in performing arts   and Philippine’s diversity of culture coincided with the “Buwan ng   Wika’s” observance of the country’s acknowledgment of the local language   as part of its conglomerate heritage.

Last August 10, 2008, students of Humanities were delighted to the   “HALO-HALO SUPREME BALLET” at the Aliw Theater, Star City Compound, CCP   Complex.  It featured young and talented Filipino dancers seeped in   Vaganova traditions.  The show was topbilled by the only   Philippine-based prima ballerina – Liza Macuja.

The Sebastinians’ morale boosted in high ardor with this rare chance to   witness the superb execution of stage by the Most Outstanding Alumnus in   Arts and Culture during SSC-R’s 50th Foundation Anniversary in 1997.    Osias Barroso has been connected with the Ballet Manila as the ballet   master and the cut and thrust Prince of Liza Macuja for some series of   performances.  He has also done lead roles in both international   productions of major full-length ballets.  He became the first Filipino   classical danseur to reach the semi-final round of the 1st international   Ballet and Modern Dance Competition which was held in Nagoya, Japan in   1993.  “Wow, ang galing talaga ng Sebastino!”, exclaimed one student.

Indeed, the Area of Languages and Humanities has proved than instruction   can be extended outside the four corners of the classroom.  The   activities enhance and develop students’ multi-intelligence and   establish good rapport among faculty members.