Artistic Director, Philippine Ballet Theatre
Upon graduating from Philippine High School for the Arts, Ron first became a dancer of Enrico Labayen’s the Lab. Projekt. During this time he considered dance as a profession. He joined Philippine Ballet Theatre in 1995 and with the dedication and hard work he showed, he was soon entrusted to perform principal roles for the company’s ballet productions.
Ron joined the company’s tours to Japan, Taiwan, Canada, the United States, Spain, Morocco, and several other European countries. As a principal dancer, he portrayed lead roles in the classics “Don Quixote”, “The Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “Esmeralda”, “La Bayadere”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Raymonda”, “Swan Lake”, “Cinderella” and “The Merry Widow”. He distinguished himself in the company’s presentation of George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco”, “Who Cares” and “Serenade”.
Among Ron’s choreographic successes are Nick Tiongson’s “Sulyap sa Gatlaya” for the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) 31st Anniversary production, “Tatlo’t Isa” in 2001 and “Tres Bravos”, an all-original, three-part, neo-classical piece featured in Philippine Ballet Theatre’s (PBT) 21st season offering, “Palikhayaw”. Together with Gener Caringal, Ron set to dance the ancient Maranao epic “Darangen ni Bantugen”; the piece was commissioned for the Filipino Heritage Festival in 2008. Ron was later chosen to represent the country for the ASEAN production of Realizing Rama for four consecutive years.
In 2009 he was offered the Artistic Directorship of PBT. He then made new versions of Carmen, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Cinderella and The Nutcracker for the company. Ron also created new works like Beatles Go Baroque, OPM, and recently Serye at Sayaw and Dancing in One Voice. Ron is by far the youngest Artistic Director of the Philippine Ballet Theatre Company and looking forward to a successful 30th Season and beyond.