Gala night of Ballet Philippine’s The Nutcracker happened during the busiest and merriest time of the year–December. On top of the holiday celebrations and gatherings, it appeared that a night at the ballet was front and center of the social calendar. It was testament that truly, no holiday is complete without Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker.
As was promised, magic filled the CCP Main Theatre and its lobby on opening night. Men on stilts, clowns who made balloon sculptures, and good ‘ol Santa welcomed guests who braved Manila traffic to catch the all time holiday classic. As if on cue, art patrons, ballet and theatre fans began pouring in. The lobby also came to life as notables from the business, legal, philanthropic and diplomatic spheres joined in on the celebrations. They were joined by friends and family, making it an evening of holiday fun.
In true Ballet Philippines form, gala night also drew in Manila’s stylish set. Editors, journalists, designers and fashion icons mingled over their shared love for the ballet. The city’s bright, young beauties regaled the evening in their red carpet bast. It was a sight to behold that mirrored a vibrant performance arts scene in the country, coming back from a pandemic.
And while the CCP was filled with VIPs and notables, Ballet Philippines President Kathleen Liechtenstein emphasized, “Our Share The Magic guests are the VVIPs.” Benefactors of the CSR initiative were invited to join in on the festivities during the gala. These included children from Young Focus, Kythe Foundation, Teach for the Philippines, and PHINMA Foundation. Men and Women in Uniform also arrived to a heroes welcome at the grand lobby.
It was truly one magical evening where friends, families, children and heroes could come together to enjoy the best of Philippine dance.
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