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1H 38M


For a man in today's society, the choice to dance is a difficult one. Fatigue, societal pressure, and misconceptions abound in a dancer's life. What makes it worth it? "Mananayaw" explores this through the stories of Filipino male ballet dancers. In their lives, perseverance, passion, and the relentless search for excellence take center stage.


1st CineTotoo International Documentary Film Festival, 2014 

Manila, Philippines


Gawad Urian Awards, 2015

Manila, Philippines

Cast and Credits



Executive Producer

Director of Photography

Original Choreography

Original Music Composition

Rafael Froilan, Jr.

Patrick Gutierrez

Richard Upton


Chris Yuhico

Biag Gaongen

Jed Balsamo

Director's Statement

Growing up, it was hard to explain to my peers and friends what my father used to do: a former ballet dancer. There is a basic assumption that ballet is a woman’s profession, so I never bothered explaining that my father was known as the country’s premier danseur. I would always hear amazing things about him from the world of ballet, and there was a sense of pride in me hearing all of these things, but I barely understood their scope then. My curiosity resulted in the creation of this film. “Mananayaw” is an in-depth full length documentary that aims to explore, unravel, and understand what it really means to be a male ballet dancer in today’s society.

Director's Biography

Rafael Froilan, Jr. began learning the art of videography at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Nonoy Froilan. He studied Philippine Mass Media at the De La Salle University Manila and continued studies in Digital Filmmaking at College of St. Benilde.


He has continued to hone his talent since then, serving as production assistant for “Hubad”, a feature film shown at Cinemalaya in 2008, then directed and edited promotional videos for the Ballet Philippines productions of “Giselle” and “Rock Supremo”, to name a few. He has also worked with choreographer Denisa Reyes in creating video marketing materials for CCP’s Neo-Filipino and Koryolab.


Currently, he is a videographer for the production company 7000 Islands, has filled multiple roles for Prodigy Ace Multimedia, and he was also a video editor for the USA-based Nurture Digital while simultaneously founding the freelance Alexander & Fox Productions in 2018, specializing in wedding videography and photography as well as corporate shoots and post-production needs.


He directed his first full-length documentary Mananayaw, which won the Special Jury Award at the 1st GMA News TV CineTotoo Documentary Film Festival in 2014, and was nominated for the Gawad Urian Award for Best Documentary in 2015. In 2018, he co-directed his first narrative film, Yakap, which was part of the 14th Cinemalaya’s Short Film Category.

Elaine Forsgate Marden

Fernando &  Kit Zobel de Ayala