Former Miss Universe touring US with Ballet Philippines

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Oct. 2, 2014

GLENDALE, Calif. – Margie Moran Floirendo’s reign as Miss Universe was 40 years ago. But for the beauty queen, it’s as if it never ended.

Since then, Floirendo has done work in showbiz, philanthropy, advertising and tourism. For the past six years, she has been the president of Ballet Philippines, one of the oldest arts productions in the Philippines.

She’s currently in the US with 23 dancers for a series of shows along the West Coast.

The US tour, a first for the award-winning Ballet Philippines in 15 years, will last about a month. It celebrates the group’s 45th anniversary as well as Filipino American History month.

The tour kicks off in Pasadena this weekend.

“We are very excited to come here, particularly to showcase how good the Filipino artist is. Ballet Philippines I feel is the most versatile company in Southeast Asia because we do both classical and contemporary dance,” she said.

While she may now be 61, the Boston University alumni still looks and feels young. She has been dancing with the troupe, and this winter she will perform with them.

“I’m taking up ladies’ ballet which is low impact exercise. That’s the ballet movements. I’m going to be rehearsing with Ballet Philippines because we are showing Cinderella. It is an Alice Reyes production of Cinderella and I’m going to be the wicked stepmother,” she revealed.

The last Filipina to hold the Miss Universe crown remains active in pageant scene as well while she sometimes guest judges. She has kept up with the Philippines strong showing at the recent Miss Universe pageants.

“The last five years we’ve had very good candidates. We’ve had a very good run and I’m amazed people now don’t watch out for the mistakes they’re going to say on stage because they’re smart. They are college graduates. Most of them have studied abroad or in good school and I enjoy watching them again,” she said.

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