Let me share with you this article which this blogger wrote few months back about global achiever Edna Laurente Faral.
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Known as Sunflower to her cybermates, Edna, 58, likes to perform Igorot dances. She is also very much in love with Banga and the Kalinga Festival Dance.
Their choreographer, Jose Omila who they call “Tito Joey” always tells them that to be a fulfilled folk dancer, they need to perform in a big and expensive stage of The Straz. Edna did perform there in 2012, ten years after she arrived in the US.
“By performing in an expensive stage such as The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, I can now say I am a fulfilled folk dancer.”
Time to Fly
Edna and her son Concon moved to Florida in 2001 after her better half was admitted by an American company not knowing that with her settlement in the states, she would become member of a famous dance troupe.Her husband, Conrad G. Faral, an engineer, is from Tinga Itaas, Batangas City. They got married on January 14, 1989. Their only son Christian Dean L. Faral who was born on December 6, 1989 is now taking BS Nursing at the University of South Florida.
Luckily for both of them, her husband knows Rudy and Bing Curioso. Bing is a choreographer of Indak Pambata and a member of the Tampa, Florida based Philippine Performing Arts Company, Inc.That started her life as a dancer in the states. It was a dream comes true for her.
Her Desire and Love
She was cast in some dances of PPAC under Joey Omila, the choreographer of that group. Joey is a former member of the well known Bayanihan Dance Troupe.“My last performance before we moved to Los Angeles is Fiesta Mo Sa Florida 2013.”
he was born on February 25, 1956 in Batan to Batangnon Roman Catholic spouses Felix Lauz Laurente and Adriatica Romulo Laurente.Edna has three siblings – Erlinda Laurente Buising, who is married to Armando B. Buising; Donna Laurente Faeldonia, who is married to Salvador Faeldonia; and Nieva Laurente. Her sisters Donna and Nieva already passed away.
She graduated Second Honors in 1969 at Batan Elementary School. In 1973, she finished her high school as Class Valedictorian and Gold Eagle Awardee at Kalantiaw Institute in their hometown. On her graduation day, she was also presented the Gold Eagle Award and Gerry Roxas Leadership Award.
In 1979, she earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the Adamson University. She worked for the Games and Amusements Board and Philippine Gamefowl Commission in Makati City.
A Helping Hand
While in Florida, she worked at the Dan C. Consuegra Law Office in Tampa.
While busy with her flourishing career in the field of dance, Edna still followed the desires of her heart to be of great service to the community. She’s a volunteer at St. Stephen Catholic Church for its Meals on Wheels projects. She gives free foods to the elderly. She volunteered for the Hands on Tampa Bay (HOT), a volunteer program of the United Way of Tampa Bay where she sorts donated food at local food bank.
Below are just some of her achievements with PPAC.
- One of the guest members of PPAC who visited the studio of Fox 13’s morning TV show “Good Morning Tampa Bay” to promote the event PhilFest in Tampa, Florida.
- One of PPAC performers where PPAC representing the Philippines competed for the World Culture Folk Dance Competition in Valdosta, Georgia. PPAC won the First Place for three consecutive years, that is, First Place 3rd World Culture Folk Dance Competition, 2008 Azalea International Folk Fair, Sinulog (dance); First Place 4th World Culture Folk Dance Competition, 2009 Azalea International Folk Fair, Singkil (dance) and First Place, 5th World Culture Folk Dance Competition, 2010 Azalea International Folk Fair, Pagdiwata (dance).
- Performed for PPAC during PhilFest (3 days) hosted by Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. held in Tampa, Florida since 2002 to 2013. PhilFest is an annual Barrio Fiesta like athmosphere attended by thousands of Filipinos & non Filipinos coming from other places of Florida & other states.
- Performed for PPAC during AsiaFest, an annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, where East meets West.
- Performed for PPAC during Sampaguita Ball, annual fund raising event, the biggest Filipino-American Charity Ball in Tampa Bay Area.
- One of the performers of PPAC during Carassauga 2011 Commemorative 26th Edition, Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures. PPAC traveled to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada upon the invitation of Culture Philippines Ontario, June 3 to 5, 2011.
- One of the performers of PPAC’s full show Sayaw Filipino “A Pageantry of Philippine Folk Music, Songs & Dances”, Paul P. Williams Fine Arts and Theater, Lake Sumter Community College, Leesburg, Florida, October 15, 2011.
- One of the performers of PPAC’s full show Fiesta Filipina, an afternoon of dances from the Philippines, Vanguard Performing Arts Center, Lake Wales, Florida, November 12, 2011.
- One of the performers of PPAC’s big show “Dances of the Philippines” on PPAC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, Florida, May 26, 2012.
- One of the performers of PPAC during the visit of His Excellency Ambassador to the Philippines Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. to Tampa, Florida, Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, 26 August 2012.
- Member of PPAC who performed during the big show “Dances of the Philippines” where given a free 5 day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. She was given by PPAC a Pagpapasalamat Award.
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.