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March 20, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Leonor Orosa Goquingco

Leonor Orosa Goquingco
Dance (1976)

Dubbed the "Trailblazer", "Mother of Philippine Theater Dance" and "Dean of Filipino Performing Arts Critics", Leonor Orosa Goquingco, pioneer Filipino choreographer in balletic folkloric and Asian styles, has produced for over 50 years highly original, first-of-a-kind choreographies, mostly to her own storylines. These include "TREND: Return to Native," "In a Javanese Garden," "Sports," "VINTA!," "In a Concentration Camp," "The Magic Garden," "The Clowns," "Firebird," "Noli Dance Suite," "The Flagellant," "The Creation..." Seen as her most ambitious work is the dance epic "Filipinescas: Philippine Life, Legend and Lore." With it, Orosa has brought native folk dance, mirroring Philippine culture from pagan to modern times, to its highest stage of development.

Today, she is the Honorary Chair of the Association of Ballet Academies of the Philippines (ABAP), and is a founding member of the Philippine Ballet Theater.

Goquingco died in July 2004.

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