The dress code read, New Formal, inspiring many of the guests to render unique iterations to the usual black tie affair. Just as diverse as that evening’s mixed bill show were guests in attendance who were welcomed by Ballet Philippines’ Board of Trustees. Patrons of Philippine art and culture mingled with CEOs and Presidents of the country’s biggest organizations. The company’s Board of Trustees were also Dance and theater enthusiasts clinked their glasses with new audiences, some as young as 10. The diplomatic community was well-represented including ambassadors, charge d’affaires and their families. They too, joined the circles of animated conversation before show time. Seasoned and emerging names in the fields of design and fashion were in full force, as were the country’s brave men and women in uniform. Ballet Philippine’s Men In Uniform program, provides those in military service access to the best seats in the house, as an expression of gratitude for their bravery. More than it being the usual cocktail reception, the evening’s pre show was a lively celebration of Ballet Philippines’ much anticipated return to the sacred stage.