Stella Abrera & American Ballet Stars for CENTEX

  BY Ayala Foundation       January 23, 2018       AFI Education, American Ballet Stars, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Stella Abrera, centex



Ayala Foundation, the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies and a leading advocate in community development, welcomes internationally acclaimed Filipino-American prima ballerina Stella Abrera, together with eight other American Ballet Stars, for a series of whimsical performances that are sure to excite ballet fans of all ages.

“An Intimate Evening with Stella Abrera and American Ballet Stars” will be staged at the Maybank Performance Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City on April 5 to 7 in time for the 20th anniversary of CENTEX (Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education), Ayala Foundation’s flagship education program.

The exceptionally talented Abrera—who made her Manila debut in Ballet Philippines’ 2014 production of Giselle—will be joined onstage by fellow American Ballet Stars Alban Lendorf, Arron Scott, Blaine Hoven, Catherine Hurlin, Gillian Murphy, Isabella Boylston, Roman Zhurbin, and Jose Sebastian.


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“Dear CENTEX Scholars, it is my honor and privilege to work for your school. Your determination and grace are so inspiring and I look forward to meeting you soon!” Abrera said, adding that when she last performed in Manila, she had set up a small charity (Steps Forward for the Philippines) to help a school that been destroyed by super-typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and visiting the school in Guiuan and meeting many of the students, proved to be one of the most moving and inspiring experiences of her life.

The first partnership between Abrera and Ayala Foundation, the shows benefit CENTEX, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, provides a holistic learning experience for bright students from underprivileged families, as well as their parents and public school teachers. To date, over 1,500 students have graduated from CENTEX’s two campuses in Tondo, Manila, and Bauan, Batangas. It has also helped enhance the skills of more than 800 teachers and principals from 20 public elementary schools through a teacher-training program, which serves Ayala Foundation’s way of replicating the CENTEX experience in different parts of the country.


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“This wonderful gesture from Stella Abrera and her fellow American Ballet Stars provides a much welcome boost for the continuing development hundreds of students and teachers participating in the CENTEX program,” says Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “We at Ayala Foundation are excited to see a world-class Filipino-American talent performing with all her heart on stage, while also providing our students the opportunity to become world-class professionals and Filipinos.”

“We’re so grateful and excited to have Stella Abrera join us for this unbelievable opportunity,” says Sofia Zobel Elizalde, committee chair for the benefit performance and founder of STEPS Dance Studio. “She’s not only an amazing dancer and artist, but a true lady in every way. I am thrilled that our Filipino audiences will get a chance to see her live and be inspired by her spirit. What a treat!”

Zobel Elizalde has always had a heart for theater and dance, as she believes this an often overlooked discipline in the country. “It is so important to have arts available to all students as it gives these children a chance to experience a strong discipline, learn a beautiful art form, and build their self-esteem,” she says.

For Abrera, ballet is as challenging as it is rewarding. “A career in ballet is difficult,” shares Abrera. “It takes an incredible amount of dedication, perseverance, grit and luck—and most especially support…. Not everyone will have a successful dance career, but the lessons we learn from our training in ballet are invaluable tools that help us in other facets of life.”

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Co-presented by Patek Philippe, “An Intimate Evening with Stella Abrera and American Ballet Stars” Is also supported by the Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Airswift, Raffles Makati, Seda Hotels, El Nido Resorts and Steps Dance Studio.

Catch the shows on April 5 to 7, 2018 and experience the full richness of ballet.

Tickets will be available on Ticketworld starting February 5, 2018. For more information, visit or