- Published on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 06:27
- Written by Ballet Philippines
Candice graduated from Philippine High School for the Arts with a major in ballet in 2003 and received her bachelor’s degree in performing arts, majoring in dance, from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in 2008. She joined Ballet Philippines in 2003 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2010.
She has won numerous awards, including first prize at the 7th Helsinki International Ballet Competition in the senior women’s division in 2012 and the silver medal at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition senior women’s division, among others.
She has performed the principal roles in many productions including Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Snow White and Diana and Acteon. An internationally acclaimed dancer, Candice joined The Hong Kong Ballet as a soloist in 2012, and BalletMet as a company member for its 2015-2016 Season.
Denise started her dance training under the guidance of Pamela Ortiz-Bondoc and Brezhnev Larlar. As a young dance student, she was a consistent Distinction awardee of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet exams. In 2010, she entered the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde as a dance major where she began taking classes in Ballet Philippines as a company scholar. In 2011, she received the esteemed Luva Adameit Award at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) - Junior ballet division and was then promoted to company apprentice.
Denise joined the company in 2012 and within her first year danced lead roles such as Maria Clara in Crisostomo Ibarra, Gintong Usa in Alice Reyes’ Rama Hari, and Hermia in Carlo Pacis’ A Midsummer Night's Dream. Promoted to Soloist status for the 45th season, she has portrayed the title role in Giselle, Oryang in Rock Supremo, Belle in A Christmas Carol and the title role in Cinderella, which won her the Gawad Buhay award for Female Lead Performance in a Classical Dance Production. In 2014, she won the 1st prize at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition. Her rise up the ranks never ceasing in momentum, Denise was promoted to Junior Principal for the 46th season. Her recent notable performances include the role of Death in Opera, the Princess from the Land of Spices in Firebird, Maria Clara in Simoun, and Teresa in Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko.
Jemima started dancing at the age of 3 at the Lilibeth C. Trinidad Dance and Exercise Center in Cabanatuan City. She graduated from the Philippine High School for the Arts, Majoring in Ballet, in 2011. She joined the company as an apprentice at the age of 16 and was promoted to junior company member a year after.
For the company, she has essayed significant roles such as Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, Prinsesa in Crisostomo Ibarra, Gintong Usa in Alice Reyes' Rama Hari, Love-in-Idleness in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Peasant Pas de Deux and Zulme in Giselle, Wendy in Peter Pan, and most recently took on the titular role in Firebird.
A dance major at the College of St. Benilde, Jemima was a finalist at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 2009, placed 8th at the first Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in 2011 in Hong Kong, was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, competed at the 2014 USA Jackson International Ballet Competition and won third place at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition.
Candice Adea photo by Paul Valles
Denise Parungao & Jemima Reyes photos by Justin Bella Alonte