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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 8, 2013

World Class Flamenca Dancer Clara Ramona'S Acting In First Movie Gets An Urian Nomination

CLARA RAMONA is a world class flamenco dancer and choreographer who gets to do her first full length film in Will Fredo’s “In Nomine Matris”, now showing in theaters. Now, she’s nominated as best supporting actress for her performance in the said movie. Born in Quezon City but grew up in Davao with a Pinay mom and a American dad, she began learning to dance when she was 5 years old. “I started with ballet then I found flamenco and it became my passion,” she says.

She then moved to Boston for further studies and danced with the Boston Ballet. She studied flamenco in Mexico and Madrid. She met her husband, also a flamenco dancer, in Madrid where she lived for 15 years. Her two sons are now both also accomplished flamenco dancers. She also lived in Manila for 6 years but she’s now based in Hongkong where there is a big demand among many flamenco students.

She’s thankful to Direk Will for getting her to play the role of Liza Dino’s flamenco teacher in “In Nomine Matris”. “There are many production numbers showing a fusion of flamenco and Filipiniana dances, like singkil and pandanggo sa ilaw. Will did justice in filming the dance sequences. The shots, the editing are brilliant, capturing all the passion of the Filipino dancers we got for the film. Filipinos are very musical and they learn easily to express themselves in dance.”