Some 114 years ago, when the Philippine Revolt erupted, another revolution broke out in Athens, Greece via the first modern Olympic Games of 1896!
When the First Philippine Assembly was convened, and the University of the Philippines was founded in 1908, it was also when ice skating was introduced to the Summer Games.
And when we sent Filipino athletes to the 1924 Olympics in Paris – making us the first country to compete and win a medal in Southeast Asia – that was the time when the first Olympic Winter Games took place in Chamonix, France.
During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, historic events happened that could and should make us all proud!
First, there’s J.R. Celski — a Filipino-Polish speed skater representing the United States – who won the bronze in the Short Track Speed Skating category.
Third, there’s Novy Bereber.
Why and how?
Well, he was featured in The Filipino Channel’s Balitang America last February 24 not as an athlete but as a dance artist!
Is dance now an Olympic sport?
How Novy and the rest of the Alberta Ballet wish.
However, he got the gold when the world witnessed him during its Opening Ceremony’s ballet segment.
He performed Sacred Grove – a piece about anyone and everyone, even a Pinoy like him, could be enchanted by Canada’s forests — while being projected on 50-meter x 30-meter horizontal screens that perfectly pictured him: “On the elevated stage, multi-platinum artist Sarah McLachlan played her hit Ordinary Miracle, while the Vancouver Symphony added pizzazz and gravity, but for one moment seen around the world the show belonged to a young Pinoy dancer/choreographer. It was another fascinating step in a journey that began years before in Pres. Roxas City in IloIlo.”
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