Salud Cabanos Datoc

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Salud Cabanos Datoc was a dancer and a teacher. She was born on 20 September 1930 in Ilagan, Cagayan.

She received a special diploma in physical education (PE) from the National College of Physical Education. She holds a degree in education from the Far Eastern University, as well as a master of arts in health, physical education, and recreation from the University of California in Los Angeles, USA. She also took doctorate courses at the Columbia University in New York.

She trained in dance at an early age with Kaethe Hauser. She later studied ballet and tap dance with Ricardo and Roberta Cassell at the Manila Ballet Academy.

She taught language, arts, and PE at various schools in Manila and then took charge of student teachers at Philippine Normal School (PNS) where she worked closely with National Artist Francisca Reyes-Aquino. She also directed the Orchesis of PNS.

While abroad, she trained Peace Corps Volunteers in Stanford University USA, in fitness, games, music, dance, and language in 1966. However, in 1973, she taught dance and recreation under the Bilingual Program of the US Department of Education in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She received scholarships and fellowships from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Columbia University. She also received awards of merit from the Boy and Girl Scouts of the Philipppines and from the YWCA of New York, USA.

She organized the Francisca Reyes-Aquino Scholarship Foundation in Manila in 1991.


  • Philippine Folk Dance Society (President, 1958-1961)
  • Bureau of Public Schools (Chairperson)
  • Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) - Brooklyn, New York (Director, 1971-1978)
  • Society for the Advancement of Physical Education and Recreation (President, 1985-1987)
  • Asian-Pacific American Women - New York (Member)


  • Villaruz, B.E.S. "Altar". In CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 5, 199. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.



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