Rench Soriano

Rench Soriano: Bacolod Teen Wins Big at Asian Grand Prix for Ballet

Holly | September 19, 2017

It is no question that Filipino talents are more than capable of taking the global stage. You have probably seen homegrown talents excel in sports, music, and other forms of performing arts. Well, here is another Filipino who is making waves overseas.  This young talent is bound to make you proud of your heritage! Get to know more about Asian Grand Prix champion for 2017, Rench Soriano.

Rench Soriano Wins Asian Grand Prix for Ballet

Every year in August, the best dancers from Asia gather in Hong Kong to learn and compete at the Asian Grand Prix International Competition. The event began on March 1, 2011, and has been attracting the best and most prestigious names in the industry ever since. The main goal of the competition is to recognize the abilities and excellence of ballet dancers from all around the continent.

Ballet Dancer

This year, the Asian Grand Prix International Competition opened its doors at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts last August 7 to August 12, 2017. One of the contestants representing the Philippines was Bacolod native Rench Isaac Soriano. Not only did Soriano put on a spectacular show for the judges and audience, he also managed to come home with the highest award.

Filipino Ballerina

The 16-year-old student from the Philippine High School for the Arts took home 30,000 HK dollars as part of the grand prize. He was also awarded two full-year-tuition scholarships from the New Zealand School of Dance and Shanghai Dance School.

Soriano’s rise to the top was never an easy one. He got started with his ballet training when he was just 9 years old and began joining competitions a year later. Like any first-timer, Soriano experienced difficulty in learning ballet. But over time, he got accustomed to the blood, sweat, and tears that come with the sport. He even dedicated his win to the people in Bacolod.

“It was really unimaginable. It was really unexpected. I can’t even explain about it, but I’m so happy not just for myself, but for my family, for my country, and for my province,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

Capping off Rench Soriano’s big win is fellow dancer Brian Sevilla who took home the silver medal and Joshua Rey Enciso who received the Sansha Prize.

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