The 4th Manila Tango Festival
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By Earl D.C. Bracamonte
Over a century since its birth, the Tango, or milonga as it is known in several quarters, has had, in recent years, an unprecedented global following both as a lifestyle pastime as well as a travel option among culture seekers and dance denizens the world over.
“Tango may be just a dance to people outside
Tango is sweeping across
Ogie’s expertise on Argentine Tango spans seventeen years of experience from three aspects of the dance: as teacher, performer, and as organizer. These aspects helped shape his understanding and mastery of the dance, earning him a special niche in the world of milonga in
“You have to understand the culture behind the dance; that there’s nothing ‘personal’ within the confines of a 3-minute endearment.
He is the founder of the Manila Tango Club, one of the very first tango clubs in Southeast Asia which actively pursues the promotion of tango in the
The Manila Tango Festival started in May 2009 when the Manila Tango Club initiated a bold move in showcasing a major Tango Festival that would put
Since then, the Manila Tango Festival went on with its annual events, now celebrating its fourth anniversary presentation from May 17th ‘til the 20th in three separate venues in Makati City: the Ristorante L’Ambasciata D’Abruzzo for the Filipiniana-inspired milonga; the Makati Sports Club for the tango championship competition and Masters Gala (stage milonga); and the Society Lounge for the farewell and salon milongas. “The stage tango is the professional dance for the shows while the salon milonga is the social tango where everybody can dance. I fell in love through tango,” confessed professional tanguera Analia Carreno, who displayed unbelievable dexterity in a performance with hubby and dance partner Luiggi Ramirez. “In every part of the world, where everyone dances the milonga, it is always the men that lead the women,” she added, emphasizing that salient point.
“Even with the same steps, everybody does it differently. We express the dance the way we are. It’s a way of life for some. And always remember, couples must always move counter-clockwise so no one bumps into each other as you’ve probably noticed,” demurred the talented tanguero Luiggi, who was also busy playing nanny to their lovely baby daughter Milena who they’ve brought along from Buenos Aires. Luiggi & Analia is one of four Argentine couples who will dish out superb stage milongas during the Masters Gala.
The first Tango championship was introduced last year to generate interest and enable the learning of this passionate and sensuous dance. Ogie now looks beyond past achievements as he works on the next phase of Tango promotion all over
The festival has the support of the Argentine Embassy in
The 4th Manila Tango Festival heralds the National Day of Argentina that falls on the 25th of May. “Many people like it. It is the most popular dance globally and aficionados dance it frequently in dance salons. It is more than a hundred years old and this festival in Manila marks a special period of tango fashion, as music and dance, around the world; especially in Asia,” enthused Hon. Joaquin Otero, ambassador of Argentina to the Philippines, during an intimate, albeit very brief, media colloquy.
For more information on the 4th Manila Tango Festival program and activities, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 895-4576. You may also visit the following Web sites: www.manilatangofestival.com or www.tangoblitz.com for new updates. The Manila Tango Festival & Championship program supports the project of the Rotary Club of Makati-San Lorenzo against Human Trafficking.