Since the age of four, I studied the disciplines of ballet, Polynesian dance, and standard and Latin ballroom. I appeared on television dancing to the tune of “Footloose” and never looked back since.
I was born in Iloilo City, Republic of the Philippines, back when we still used cassette tapes for aerobic classes. I am an only child, blessed with a heritage of sports and dance. My paternal grandparents were ballroom dance champions post-WW2, while my parents remain the unbeatable team in Philippine amateur table tennis history.
I started choreographing pop and retro dances at the age of eight. I also learned gymnastic skills to improve my agility and flexibility as a dancer. I have interpreted and performed freestyle, jazz, Philippine folk, street/hiphop, K-pop, belly dance, Latin, and many others through the years.
I fell in love with martial arts when I was very young, and that was actually the beginning of my journey to where I am now. I studied Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Karate, Arnis, Taekwondo, Boxing, Wing Chun and Hung-Gar Kung Fu with various mentors. I have Degrees in Wushu Sanshou (Combative) and Wushu Tai Chi (Soft Forms) from the Philippine Wushu Federation, through Iloilo Tinagan School of Martial Arts.
In sports, I have actively participated in cheerleading, table tennis, basketball, football, volleyball and mid-distance running. I have won competitions organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and the University of the Philippines, among others.
To improve my overall physical conditioning, I started working out and attending aerobics classes in the gym when I was 14, greatly encouraged by my father. I started teaching Cardio Wushu/Kickboxing and AeroDance classes in 2006 at the Asian Entertainment Exponent School of the Performing Arts.
In 2007, my husband and I moved abroad. I continued my individual and group fitness endeavours all over the world. Since then, I have taught people of all ages, from all walks of life.
In the more erudite aspects, I am a multi-awarded fiction and poetry writer, having been recognised by the Estevan Javellana Foundation, the Philippine Information Agency, GLITTER Magazine, MOD Filipina Magazine, and the Philippine Star. My work has been printed widely in the Philippines and abroad, some adapted onto the stage.
I am also an international published book author. I write poetry, short fiction, full-length novels and children’s books.
I completed a Business Administration Degree, major in Marketing, I am completing a Masters in Public Administration, major in Human Resource Development.
About the Site
The site was launched on 30 May 2021 and features my background, credentials and skills as an athlete and coach. To find out more about me and my own training, please visit my blog and official website.
Our current design is named Joie de Vivre, with very special thanks due to 17th Avenue Designs, Haute Stock, Pixabay, StudioPress and Unsplash. All other original source/s of articles, images and other resources are always credited and/or linked back, whenever available.