Philippine Ballet Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Production of Romeo and Juliet is her much-awaited “homecoming.”
Having left the country and her family at the age of eighteen to pursue a colorful international career as a prima ballerina and director of ballet companies in the US, Ms. Maniya Barredo came to the Philippines just recently to direct Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, Romeo and Juliet as performed by the Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT).
Her rise to stardom began at the age of eighteen when she received the highest possible title in dance after her performance in Giselle in 1978. Included in the audience were then President Ferdinand Marcos, First Lady Imelda Marcos and Dame Margot Fonteyn. In a reception after her performance, Dame Margot presented Maniya with a bouquet of flowers and proclaimed that she earned the title Prima Ballerina.
She then went to New York to continue her ballet studies as a scholar at the Joffrey School under the tutelage of the school’s founder Robert Joffrey. He was the reason why Maniya got her name. Josephine Carmen “Honey” Barredo in real life, she was renamed Maniya by her ballet teacher as a tribute to her country’s capital Manila.
Maniya has since then impressed the world stage with her talent and danced with the greatest dancers of all time such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and the only dancer outside of New York and Europe invited to tour with the Stars of the World Ballet. She has received the CCP Gawad Para sa Sining Award from President Fidel Ramos and proclaimed the official Prima Ballerina of the Philippines and danced for twenty years with the Atlanta Ballet as Prima Ballerina before her retirement.
To experience the touch of Maniya’s directorial magic, Liceo de Cagayan University in celebration of her 57th Foundation, brings to Cagayan de Oro City Philippine Ballet Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet this coming February 24-26, 2021 at the Rodelsa Hall with matinee shows at 3PM and gala at 7PM. This event is for the benefit of Safer River Life Saver Foundation. This will be the first time that PBT will present Romeo & Juliet outside of Manila.
For ticket reservations, you may call the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) at (088) 8584093 local 109 or 0917-636-6528 / 0999-888-5308.