RAD teacher Bagong Bayani Awardee


BalikBayani République | Tony Alabastro

United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) dancer-teacher Ma. Regina Elizabeth Malabayabas-Vallejos will receive the 2021 Bagong Bayani Award for Culture and the Arts as Brunei celebrates under new normal its second Hari Raya Eid-ul Fitr after Ramadan.

Regina’s name will be etched, together with over 1,500 past awardees since 1989 at the Bantayog ng Mga Bayani or BBA Wall of Fame at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City.

Bagong Bayani Foundation Inc organizes world-wide search for outstanding overseas Filipino workers.

Regina says her “winning the prestigious Bagong Bayani Award will give Brunei dance practitioners respect, growth and inspiration in Islamic society. It will endow an enriching, rewarding and powerful voice for change, and crystallize Royal Academy of Dance-Brunei partnership.”

The RAD supervising tutor and academy owner in Philippines and Brunei made acceptable classical ballet to Brunei’s conservative way of life based on Islamic religion and Malay culture.

Regina is the only Asian in top three shortlist among 300 nominees in 2020 Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), the world’s largest, most influential dance education and training organization, Centenary Dance Teachers Award.

The 2020 RAD Awards organizing committee told Regina it “is a testament to the caliber and intensity of the competition that resulted in a huge number of nominations, from which you were shortlisted, and a considerable response to public vote”.

Regina is the only RAD-recognized Filipino among seven Asians tasked to bring the London dance education and training examination board’s work across Asia.

Trained at 11 by Julie Borromeo, Tita Radaic and Alice Reyes, Regina counts among first seven Filipinos to be RAD registered and licensed in 1993. She has passed over 800 students in annual RAD examinations.

Her Ballet Regina Academy of Dance and Performing Arts (1968) in Laguna has produced six professional ballerinas; second generation teachers with their own overseas ballet schools; 13 Philippine High School for the Arts dance scholars, six Ballet Philippines and two Ballet Philippines scholars.

Her 15 years’ RAD life work has infused a century of the UK board’s standards in Brunei.

Ms. Vallejos first two teaching years raised Brunei’s ballet teaching standards. She founded En Pointe Academy, Brunei’s first formal ballet school, (2012), teaching dance teaching dance-related careers and recognized as model ballet school for Islamic teachers.

Through dance, she develops Bruneians for SPN-21 new education system, and Brunei’s Wawasan (Vision) 2035 to develop educated, highly skilled people.

Regina develops learned and creative cultural leaders, and RAD-certified teachers though local collaboration with school and community.

In time of COVID-19 pandemic, she devised Ballet Learning Kits for each grade level for online group training and assignment.

For outstanding ballet contributions in an Islamic country and for her school’s graduates,she was 2018 Outstanding San Pableano for Performing Arts.

The Philippine Embassy and Brunei Filipino Educators Club recognized
Regina as “2017 Outstanding Filipino Teacher in Brunei” for Performing Arts in Dance and for dedicated Service as a Filipino Educator.

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