ABOUT ECD DANCE COMPANY
The ECD Dance Company of the Philippines was established in 2002, but the artistic knowledge and experience of its members span several decades.
EDWIN C. DUERO, its founder and leader, organized and directed the Dagyaw Theatre and Dance Company for many years, from 1990 to 1998, taking the group to performances throughout Asia, Europe, Canada, Africa, and the United States. February 1997, they had a command performance in Malacañang for President Corazon C. Aquino. Along with a few select groups, they represented the Philippines at the World Expo ’94 in Seville, Spain, and the World Expo ’98 in Portugal. During the centennial celebration of Philippine Independence in 1998, they toured the U.S.A. and Canada as cultural ambassadors, receiving outstanding reviews at every production.
The international touring groups of the ECD Dance Company are students and members of its parent organization, the Edwin C. Duero School of Dance, based in Iloilo City. They range in ages from 10 to 26 years old, and several dancers have been under Mr. Duero’s tutelage for ten years. The company has undergone extensive training from the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Brezhnev Larlar, formerly of the Australian Ballet, Liza Fernandez and Angel Lawenko of UP Dance Company among others. Mr. Duero’s affiliation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the Philippines has also contributed greatly to his artistic training and cultural knowledge. He’d been a member of the NCCA Dramatic Arts Executive Committee for 3 terms and the Dance Committee.
In 1999, 2000 and 2002, (2004 he sent his dance master) Mr. Duero and his dance masters came to Texas to conduct a Philippine Dance and Music Workshop upon the invitation of Saint Mary’s Hall International Programs and Dance Department, in partnership with KARILAGAN Philippine Cultural Group, Inc. of San Antonio. Both times the workshops culminated in major productions, “Pang-alay: A Philippine Cultural Offering,” and “Pang-alay II: Philippine Rituals and Legends in Traditional Folk and Contemporary Dance Drama.” In recognition of his cultural contribution to the arts and his promotion of international friendship, the City of San Antonio awarded Mr. Duero Honorary Citizenship in 1999.
The group’s repertoire consists of several traditional and tribal folk dances researched and choreographed mainly by Ramon Obusan. In addition, contemporary interpretations of Filipino musical themes are also portrayed using modern dance techniques and movements. The program is a tribute to the diverse ethnic roots of Philippine society, as well as the country’s strength and resilience amidst the foreign influences throughout its history. In all its productions, the ECD Dance Company aims to promote the authentic portrayal of Philippine culture through the arts. Last June 2007, they again toured the US for a month, and July 2009, they were selected by the Drummondville World Festival to represent the Philippines. May 23, 2010, Mr. Duero left again for San Antonio, Texas to stage the Philippine entry to the 39th World Folk Life Festival. Then, Mayor Timothy L. Hancock of Killeen, Texas proclaimed June 26, 2010 as Edwin C. Duero Day, to honor Mr. Duero of all his cultural projects between the countries of the Philippines and the United States. June 2011 they again toured the US and Canada.
June 19, 2012, Edwin C. Duero left together with two of his Dance Masters, Herbert E. Alvarez and Catherine S Araneta for Montreal to conduct a folk dance Workshop and Conference for Pamana ng LuzViMinda Cultural Group. After a month, they proceeded to Toronto, Canada for another Folk Dance Workshop with Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe which culminated in a Cultural Show entitled “Tradition”.
These Workshops were so successful that more invitations were lined up for the coming years in Canada and in the United States.