The core group of the Women of Bel-Air (WoBA) has decided to take Bel-Air back to the flapper days of the 1920s and 1930s with a series of events for this year's Pasinaya celebration.

The theme for this year's Pasinaya will be "Bodabil," a pidgin Tagalog translation of "vaudeville." Festivities will include a parade of muses and a night of dancing that will hark back to Manila of the 1920s and 1930s.

Brgy. Capt. Nene Lichauco said the overall "look" will be the affluent era of pre-war Manila, with the vaudeville performances at the Manila Grand Opera and costumed balls at the Manila Hotel.

As in previous Pasinayas, residents will be asked to volunteer to perform choreographed dances such as the Charleston, tango, jitterbug and boogie, while the volunteer children will be trained to tap dance.

Jugglers, magicians and even fire-eaters will also be hired especially for the occasion to lend a Filipino carnival atmosphere to the event.

Award-winning writer Floy Quintos will conceptualize the Sunday night event, the closing performance where Bel-Air residents share the stage with Bel-Air maintenance staff and professional performers.

Lichauco said that since the success of last year's performance - a series of Filipino songs and dances performed by residents and professional dancers - more volunteers have come forward willing to join this year's Pasinaya.

Over a hundred male and female residents of all ages joined last year's Santacruzan and Sunday night performance, which was telecast over the news channels of GMAT and ABS-CBN, as well as "Travel Time" on Studio 23.


The Women of Bel-Air (WoBA) are currently recruiting volunteer dancers among residents of Bel-Air and Salcedo Village for this year's Sunday night performance on April 25, traditionally the grand finale of the Pasinaya celebrations.

This year's theme will be Karnabal - a nostalgic trip back to the pre-war era of lavish productions at the Manila Grand Opera House and Ideal Theater with costumed men and women dancing Charlestons and Jitterbugs, Latin Tangos and Mambos.

The WoBa are also currently recruiting volunteers for the Saturday afternoon parade of floats, Carnival Queens, muses and their dashing escorts. There will also be a parade of floats and tableaux depicting provincial scenes to a marching band playing Filipino folk tunes.

Also included is a fashion show with volunteer ladies dressed in traditional ternos of the 1920s and 1930s.

The WoBa will need about 10 - 12 pairs of dancers for each of the dances listed below. The WoBa will hire professional dance instructors and a choreographer to train the volunteer residents, as was done in last year's show "Ang Pinoy Kung Magdiwang."

Latin Dance
Boogie Woogie – Jitterbug
Tap Dance (for children)
Moonlight Serenade (Slow Drag)
Who's Sorry Now? (Ziegfield Follies)
Mambo Italiano
Yes Sir, That's My Baby!

The Sunday Night Bodabil Committee is composed of Dhory Alvendia, Menchu Geronimo, Corie Gomez, Josie Lacson, Melanie Lim, Ope Lopez, Susan Calo Medina, and Carminda De Leon-Regala. For inquiries, interested male and female residents may contact any one of the committee members, or call Glo or Leah at the BAVA office. Rehearsals begin in March.