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. 






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