Filipinescas

On June 3rd, 1961, Rosendo embarked on an international tour as music director for the 38-member Filipinescas Dance Troupe.

Articles appeared in many major Philippine newspapers marking the departure of the legendary dance troupe.  Rosendo marked himself with a black checkmark in the left side of the picture.
Articles appeared in many major Philippine newspapers marking the departure of the legendary dance troupe. Rosendo marked himself with a black checkmark in the left side of the picture.
This now legendary tour was the creation of pioneer director-choreographer, Leonor Orosa-Goquinco. Entitled, “Filipinescas: Philippine Life, Legend, and Lore in Dance,” evolved from Orosa-Goquinco’s interest in the folk dance, it is a symbolic and truly artistic 5-part stage presentation depicting Philippine life and its rich cultural traditions.

The group first performed 4 evenings in the Vieux Colombier Theater in Paris, France;

The First Rousing Stop:  The opening performances in France were met with enthusiastic applause as described by Rosendo in this article.
The First Rousing Stop: The opening performances in France were met with enthusiastic applause as described by Rosendo in this article.
next to the Nueva Caceres dance festival in Spain winning first prize; then onto the Teatro Español, Madrid, performing for a capacity house of 3,500;
The Audience in Spain:  This article describes the reception of the capacity crowd gala performance, and especially their most high-profile attendees in the box seats.
The Audience in Spain: This article describes the reception of the capacity crowd gala performance, and especially their most high-profile attendees in the box seats.

and finally onto Dusseldorf, Bonn and Scandinavia.

These performances commanded enthusiastic sell-out audiences throughout their tour, drew multiple curtain calls, and even compelled the attention of high-profile personalities such as Philippine President Carlos Garcia, Spain’s First Lady Señora Carmen Franco,

Señora Carmen Franco: Leonor Orosa Goquingco herself pens this article recounting the memorable meeting with Spain’s First Lady.
Señora Carmen Franco: Leonor Orosa Goquingco herself pens this article recounting the memorable meeting with Spain’s First Lady.

and movie and TV director Günther Hassert.

Filipinescas TV Show:  Gunther Hassert directs a West German adaptation for television.
Filipinescas TV Show: Gunther Hassert directs a West German adaptation for television.

Doña Carmen Polo de Franco told Leonor in Madrid: “Please come back soon so that more of Spain can see the beauty of your dances.” On that same trip, Filipinescas won the Grand Prize at the IV Hispano-Americano Festival Folklorico in Caceres, under the category “inspiracion folklorica”.

In 1961, after Nick Joaquin saw a rehearsal of Filipinescas, he wrote in the Philippine Free Press what sums up the foregoing testimonies: “Tomorrow’s Philippine dancers will be specially indebted to Leonor Orosa who showed how Philippine dance can express the drama of our lives, and who created the mold in which it is now presented. Filipinescas is the peak. In this resumé of Philippine culture from pagan to modern times, the native dance has been brought to its highest stage of development. No further progress in this direction seems possible.”

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