Last August 5, 2023, the young warriors of "Batang K," a group of children battling leukemia under the care of Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation, were treated to an enchanting ballet performance of "Coppelia" by Ballet Philippines. This magical experience was made possible through the generous sponsorship of SHOM Manila (Spouses of Heads of Missions in Manila Association) and the benevolent support of Ballet Philippines.
"Coppelia," a timeless ballet classic, tells the story of a young couple's love entangled with the charm of a life-sized dancing doll. The production, renowned for its captivating choreography and exquisite costumes, transported the audience, including the "Batang K" kids, into a world of fantasy and wonder.
Under the shimmering lights of the theater, the children's faces lit up with joy as they watched the graceful movements of the dancers, each step weaving a tale of magic and love. The spellbinding performance not only showcased the artistic prowess of Ballet Philippines but also provided a momentary escape for the kids and their guardians and families.
"The joy radiating from the kids as they immersed themselves in the beauty of 'Coppelia' was truly priceless. We are grateful to SHOM Manila and Ballet Philippines for giving these children an opportunity to experience the magic of the performing arts," expressed Ms. Margo Mercado, Executive Director of Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation.
The event not only served as a delightful escape for the "Batang K" kids but also emphasized the importance of making the arts accessible to all, regardless of circumstance. SHOM Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation are proud to have contributed to an experience that brought smiles and laughter to these brave children facing health challenges.
As we celebrate the success of this collaborative endeavor, let us reflect on the profound impact that the arts can have on individuals, especially those navigating difficult journeys. SHOM Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation look forward to continued partnerships that enable more enriching experiences for communities in need.