Martina Marie Manalo
Performing Artist | Visual Artist | Writer
"I see beauty in the things that are minimal but avant-garde, deep but subtle. The nostalgic and melancholic, but full of angst--contradicting but by bits and pieces they are different, and will always be mysterious. That I think is what make things beautiful."
-Martina Marie Manalo
(quoted from an interview of the students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman)
Martina is a self-taught visual artist, but better known for being an award-winning performing artist who graduated from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) in the early days of her dancing career and after which, she has been professionally trained under the Russian-Vaganova Method. Manalo has garnered several awards from several different international dance competitions around the globe from 2003 until 2007, and also been awarded by the Philippines’ National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as a “Young Achiever Awardee for Dance and Ballet Excellence” in 2006 during the 2006 Global Excellence Awards.
Coming from a family of artists, she is the youngest of three siblings. Martina began dancing at the age of three and started teaching at the age of fifteen. She continued to dance professionally until the age of twenty-five dancing as a company artist and faculty in Ballet Manila.
Alongside her teaching, she was also dancing for a local dance company in the Philippines and at the same time studied as a journalist student at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Philippines.
At present, Martina continues to teach dance to children and adults in Hong Kong sharing her knowledge, talent and creativity.
Martina Manalo has recently earned a few grants in 2018 and 2019 for an acting/movement and choreography residency in both Leibnitz, Austria and Sofia, Bulgaria. In addition, the artist has recently done a choreographic residency in Wales, United Kingdom in early 2019 where she has created works for integrating dance and Humanism and debuted her works in both London and Wales.
Martina is also one of the co-founders of an international and independent art magazine called, Magazine 43.