Ballet Manila: The Swan, The Fairy, & The Princess


The Aliw Theater. Aliw is hard to say, try it! It also means fun which is a cute touch. 
I appreciate Manila. She has everything! You want markets, she’s got them. You want international brands, she’s got them. You want international food, she’s got it. You want fun for family and kid’s, she got it. You want Filipino heritage and culture, it’s here. Manila has culture, you just need to look for it. I was privileged to attend the Ballet Manila and felt so refined after watching this beautiful masterpiece. You need to attend at least one ballet while in Manila, it will not disappoint. I left appreciating the arts and this city after viewing Ballet Manila’s The Swan, The Princess, & The Fairy.

How refreshing to have a cultured night on the town with some dear friends. 
The theater was very nice and spacious. The live symphony sat up front and was lead by an international conductor, Maestro Alexander Vikulov of the Mariinsky Theater. Live accompaniment is always so enjoyable. The temperature was nice because it was a little chilly so pretend that it is fall weather and wear a long sleeve.

The show featured excerpts from three of the master composer’s most celebrated works, namely Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty.

It was endearing to have a character of Peter Tschaivocsky, Miguel Faustmann narrate the ballet. He lovingly touched on each saga.
Joining these masters are some of Ballet Manila’s strongest Vaganova Academy style-trained danseurs and ballerinas, including Abigail Oliveiro who will dance  the role of Odette, Dawna Mangahas who is playing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Katherine Barkman who will dance as the well-loved princess Aurora.” Courtesy of Ballet Manila website.

The Swan

The Fairy 

The Princess 
The show was brilliant and I highly recommend this as a family night, date night or ladies night out. Since we are in very family friendly culture inside the theater had the same feel, families welcome. So, bring the kids and be enriched.

The stage was beautiful and the artist exquisite. 
For more information about the shows, including ticket prices and schedules, you may visit or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all Ticketworld outlets. Please call 8919999 or visit, for more information. In addition, those who Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices. For details, you may visit and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’.

About Ballet Manila

Founded in 1995 by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila is the country’s premier classical dance company. With the mission of connecting both ballet and the people, the company, which puts education at the forefront of its priorities, is well-known as the only Philippine dance company to adopt and strictly adhere to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet style of dancing, which is well-regarded the world over as the most disciplined and technically-superior style. The company currently has 65 artists under its wing, all of whom have been trained in the Vaganova Academy style of dancing. The company boasts of a solid repertoire that consists of some of the most technically challenging and timeless ballet favorites. 

Courtesy of Manila Ballet website.

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