Paz Cielo Angeles Belmonte

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Paz Cielo Angeles Belmonte is teacher, a dancer, and a choreographer. She initiated in promoting Philippine culture through her devotion to the cause of folk dance.

Career

Her teaching and choreography went hand in hand with her dancing career. In 1933 to 1939, she was the principal dancer of the University of the Philippines troupe headed by Francisca Reyes-Tolentino. At the Outbreak of the World War II, she organized the mixed dancing class in college, in the Philippine Normal College (PNC) where she was teaching. As the founder and director of the PNC Philippine Barangay Folk Dance Troupe that she organized, she continued promoting the Philippine folk dances.

Belmonte was also among the hardworking researchers on Philippine dance culture. She facilitated the growth of folk dance awareness among Filipinos and foreigners in the country and abroad. Her sterling were touched by her dynamic vision and her deep understanding of the tradition of Philippine dance. Philippine folk dances very popular nowadays like the Kayabang, Komintang and Polka sa Plaza are product of Belmonte's researches. Her dancers were favorite models for folk dance postcards in the 80's.

Awards

She has been a recipient of numerous awards including the PNC Hall of Fame award for national and international relations in 1974. She was one of the 31 Filipino women with Lifetime Achievement Awards: A Salute to Women in the Arts and Heritage Preservation in celebration of the Centennial Year of the Feminist Movement of the Philippines- bestowed the PAMA-AS: Gintong Bai Award at Malacañang Palace¹s Rizal Hall on July 7, 2005. Most prominent are the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Medal of Merit; the City of Manila's Fourth Centennial Award, "Patnubay ng Kalinangan sa Sayaw", Gawad CCP para sa Sining; Parangal Sentenyal sa Sining at Kultura; Testimonial Plaque to the "Hall of Fame" by the Philippine Normal College for the signal honor she brought to the country and to the college.

Biography

She was born in Daet, Camarines Norte on 24 January 1916.


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