A terpsichorean journey through Philippine fashion and romance at the Maynila Ballroom of the Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel brings to the city a spectacular presentation of good food, fashion, dance and song. From August 23 to September 4, enjoy a sumptuous Filipino Buffet as you watch two vibrant shows set in the picturesque and historical Maynila Ballroom. Directed by renowned director Freddie Santos, the Grand Dame offers colorful musical masterpieces that encapsulate the very best of Filipino arts and culture.

Kultura Fashionista is the lunchtime cultural show conceptualized to be a terpsichorean frolic through food and fashion. This show features native dances performed by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild and Philippine couture created by select designers from the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines.

The show starts with The Dance of the Malongs, which may be deemed as the oldest fashion show in history and conveys an artful display of the many ways the Malong or wrap cloth of native tribes can be worn. It then proceeds to enthrall audiences with an exquisite display of authentic Philippine fashion from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and ends with the national dance of the islands, the Tinikling, which brings out the incredible dexterity and footwork of the Sindaw dancers.

At dinner, be serenaded by Romansa!, a nightly stage musical that conveys the heartwarming love story of two star-crossed lovers—a city boy and a country girl—who crossed paths and fell deeply in love. The girl is played by 19-year old soprano Fame Flores, who was trained by New York Metropolitan Opera singer Evelyn Mandac, and the boy is played by R & B Master Brenan Espartinez. Together, their powerful voices bring to life a tapestry of Original Pilipino Music favorites combined with cultural dances. The musical is divided into six major parts that depict the progression of love in real life: The Meeting, The Courtship, The Understanding, The Misunderstanding, The Reconciliation, and The Promise of Forever. The end result is a very visual romantic tale that portrays the eclectic and colorful romance between the East and the West, the countryside and the city, the traditional and the trendy. It ends with the majestic Singkil Dance, the Muslim wedding dance of Mindanao, which is performed by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild accompanied by live percussionists and gong players. Musical Direction is by ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Dream Academy Musical Director Monet Silvestre.

The cultural shows are priced at P1,650 (lunch show) and P1,950 (dinner show) per person. For more information please call the Manila Hotel at 5270011 local 7.