BPAA Launches with an Exhibit

Next week, September 26, the BP Alumni Association will officially launch, and we invite ALL of YOU to be there!


Cecile Sicangco-Ibarrola with Julio Bocca and the cast of “Giselle” 1991

The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as that weekend is also the Blue Moon Gala and Homecoming Gala weekend. For the first time in decades, the company is restaging Norman Walker’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” for the Blue Moon Gala (Sept 26-27). The Homecoming Gala, on the other hand, which will be performed on Sunday, Sept. 28, will proudly feature BP’s “offspring”—dance companies and dance schools from the Philippines and the rest of the world!

The BPAA will launch with an exhibit—lovingly prepared by Gina Katigbak-Garcia, Jojo Mamangun, Karla Javier and Caroline Boncodin-Santos, and will showcase photos of the company’s vast repertoire and more.

This will be a great chance for everyone to walk down memory lane. Wouldn’t it be nice to see yourself in those photos, whether you were in them as as the principal dancer or lead photobomber?

PLUS we’ve added a special feature in which everyone can join.

As part of the exhibit, there will be a board where all alumni can POST their OWN PHOTOS. It can be dancing photos or behind-the-scenes photos, as long as it’s hard-copy, printed photos. Like the ones we used to develop in the store.

Cecile Sicangco and Julio Bocca in "Giselle" (photos courtesy of Cecile Sicangco-Ibarrola)

Cecile Sicangco and Julio Bocca in “Giselle”
(photos courtesy of Cecile Sicangco-Ibarrola)


1992 Tour in Spain (photo courtesy of Cecile Sicangco-Ibarrola)


The BP Boyz (photo courtesy of Cecile Sicangco-Ibarrola)

When you get to the exhibit, just tack your photos on and sign up in the guest book (with contact details please!) and that’s it!

Just remember that these photos won’t be returned to you and will form part of the BPAA archives, so be sure to post only photos you’re willing to donate.

So start going through your photo albums and let the reminiscing begin!

See you there!


Extreme Makeover

By now, some of you may have already heard of BPAA’s first major project: the BP Company Room Makeover.  

For 45 years, the Company Room has been the home of BP dancers. This is where people get ready for the day, rest in between exhausting rehearsals, and bond with their co-dancers. The unisex bathroom is probably the most unusual arrangement of all—but we’ve all learned to live with seeing the opposite sex queuing to do their thing. (Yikes!) BP’s DNA is literally ALL OVER that room! 

The Common Area... with matching broken linoleum and kalat

The Common Area… with matching broken linoleum and kalat

The sinks that need to be changed!

The sinks that need to be changed!


Alice Reyes shows Rachelle Medina the sad state of the Company Room, while Annette Cruz-Mariano and Rhea Dumdum-Bautista look on

Here’s a fun fact: the company room has not had a decent renovation since the beginning of time! Ok, maybe once they added shelving to keep archive reels, and they added linoleum, but that’s it. Today, you’ll see leak stains on the walls, and the bathroom tiles have chipped. The chipped floor linoleum is moving—and therefore dangerous—and the ladies side is covered by a dirty white cloth and a corrugated board taped to the wall.

You get the idea. The Company Room needs an Extreme Makeover! 

We want to improve the flooring of the room. Add proper partitions and doors to the ladies’ and gents’ lockers. Have a proper pantry complete with sink in the common lounge. Add decent sitting areas. And most important of all: improve the bathroom. Have a separate men’s and women’s rest room, change the bathroom fixtures and re-tile the floor. It’s quite a lot, but we figured, since we’re already doing it, we better do it right!

The floor plan

The floor plan

So here’s what the Steering Committee has done so far:

1. Set up a Makeover Committee. 

HEAD: Annette Cruz-Mariano

With the support of Teen Teen Maranan-Novales

2. Talked to design professionals. 

Initial design studies and pegs: Rachelle Medina (EIC of Real Living Magazine), who has been gracious enough to donate her time to consult on the project

Contractor/Supervisor: Lynley Teng, a former BP scholar who now has several businesses, including an interior design and development/construction company. She has generously donated her time and design fees to the project; she is also giving the construction work AT COST.  

3. Set a timetable.

The committee is targeting the end of September to begin construction. The Company will be on a US Tour in October and we want to make full use of that time to finish construction. 


So now, we really need to raise funds!

The whole project is estimated at P600,000. We would like to ask everyone’s help to make this happen. Donating is easy. Here are two ways:

1. You can choose to buy a “Tile” or donate ANY amount that you can. Here are the tile prices per area in the world, the persons in charge of collecting and how to get in touch with them:

USA: $100/Tile (or ANY amount)

In-charge: Mica Bernas (micabernas[at]gmail.com)

Europe: Euros 100/Tile (or ANY amount)

In-charge: Bettina Escaño Papoli-Barawati (escano-pb[at]web.de)

Hong Kong: HK$ 200/Tile (or ANY amount)

In-charge: Verna Fajilan-Brazil (mvernaf[at]yahoo.com)

Philippines: Php 1000/Tile (or ANY amount)

In-charge: Nina Anonas (nina.ecoledeballetmanille[at]yahoo.com)

You may go through your batch reps so you can get together to pool resources together and donate as a group. Here are the batch reps: 

Edna Vida Froilan

Monette Victoria

Cecile Sicangco-Ibarrola

Judell de Guzman-Sicam

Verna Fajilan-Brazil

Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun

Jojo Mamangun

If you are in another area not covered by the Area Coordinators, please email your batch rep and say your intention to donate. We will work out how to receive the donation. 

2. You can also donate your time by helping us put together small fundraising efforts in your area. Last June, for example, Toni Lopez-Gonzalez-Garcia organised a Zumbathon at BP’s newly minted Studio 1. It was fun AND a success! We made over P50,000 in just one night! You can do the same thing in your own studio. Click here to see what went down that night.

If you have ideas on how to raise funds for the Company Room—bake sales, garage sales, Zumbathons in your studio, etc—the person to coordinate with is Joanne Ko-dela Calzada (joannekodelacalzada[at]gmail.com).


So far we have raised over Php150,000 already. We hope you can be part of this project, whether as a donor or as an event organiser. It would be wonderful to do something concrete for today’s generation of BP dancers.