Nurturing Young Talents: American Ballet Theatre Returns For A Show In Support of Filipino Youth


The acclaimed studio company will be performing in a charity show that will help underprivileged children pursue careers in the performing arts. 

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s April 2023 Issue.

The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company joins forces with our very own Cecile Licad to mount a series of shows in support of Ayala Foundation’s Centex Program. CENTEX aims to provide quality education for underserved students while also offering opportunities to grow in the fields of music, dance, and arts. “We believe education can change lives. This is the reason for the CENTEX program: to provide quality education to underprivileged kids who want to pursue a career in performing arts,” mused Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President. 

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Members of the American Ballet Theatre
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Jake Roxander of the American Ballet Theatre

The partnership between ABT and Centex began in 2018 when the former mounted a successful event with Stella Abrera who flew in to Manila with friends from the American Ballet Theatre to support CENTEX students with an exceptional ballet show. This benefit is the third time for ABT to support the efforts of Centex. This year, they are joined by Cecile Licad, renowned Filipina pianist referred to by The New Yorker as “a pianist’s pianist,” her exceptional talent has been recognized and celebrated around the globe—thus adding to the excitement and anticipation for this year’s show even further.

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Stella Abrera of the American Ballet Theatre

Read more by purchasing a copy of the Lifestyle Asia April 2023 magazine via or select newsstands in National Bookstore and Fully Booked. Subscribe to the E-Magazine via Readly, Magzter, and Press Reader. 

Photos by Erin Baiano, courtesy of the American Ballet Theatre.

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