Zobel Dance Crew shows grace, creativity to top Youth Friendship Festival in Bali – Tempo – The Nation’s Fastest Growing Newspaper

WINNING is getting to be a habit – a good one – for the Zobel Dance Crew.

This after ZDC stamped its class and brought home the Gold Distinction in small and medium dance categories.

In the process, ZDC, composed of students from De La Salle Santiago Zobel in Ayala-Alabang in Muntinlupa, captured the Overall Champion Excellence Award in the 2023 Youth Friendship Festival held on Oct. 1, 2023 in Bali, Indonesia.

Trained diligently in hip hop, folk fusion, and modern contemporary dance, ZDC dazzled the crowd with its creativity and artistry to earn the nod of the judges.

Members of the famed group are Ariana Therese Montemayor (DLSZ 2025), Camille Rakesh Daryanani (DLSZ 2026), Cristina Alejandra Climent (DLSZ 2024), Dannah Nicole Simpelo (DLSZ 2024), Eyana Sophia Cortez (DLSZ 2024), Franc Gabriel Festin (DLSZ 2026), Hanna Sofia Garcia (DLSZ 2024), Isabelle Bianca Casa (DLSZ 2025), Juliana Andrea Arejola (DLSZ 2026), Juliana Santos (DLSZ 2024), Julienne Nicole Francisco (DLSZ 2024), Katina Danae Lucero (DLSZ 2024), Mien Krey Anne Kloppers (DLSZ 2027), Princess Ann Nicole Ropal (DLSZ 2025), Quennie Cassandra Del Monte (DLSZ 2024), Raine Isabel Eslabon (DLSZ 2025), Raine Louise Guarin (DLSZ 2024) and Shanlly Precious Sinchongco (DLSZ 2027).

Carrying the colors of the country in the prestigious event, ZDC put on a show with folk dance fusion while showcasing a unique choreography of Filipino traditional games with “Kubing” tribal music mix and Joey Ayala’s “Luksong Tinik”.

ZDC started to make a name for itself by taking home its first international Gold Distinction Award in the fusion dance category at the 2019 Asia Pacific Arts Festival. They also bagged the Overall Festival Excellence Award for dance at the Capitol Theater, Singapore.

The Youth Friendship Festival specializes in organizing educational conferences for the youth, offering them a platform to learn and be inspired through various activities, workshops, and presentations. It aims to pursue harmony, peace, and global friendship through diversified cultural exchange and performing arts competitions.

Apart from Indonesia and the Philippines, other clubs which took part are the United States, Turkey, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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