Life is a never-ending cycle of dancing to whatever tune the universe plays for us. But whether we’re faced with an upbeat, slow, or sometimes a song that’s almost inaudible, we must continue moving along the beat.
This episode of OKS’ (OnlineKapamilya Shows) “I Feel U” opened with host Toni Gonzaga’s feel-good conversation with three guest Kapamilyas working as dancers abroad. On the show are XP Dimaano from Italy, Bojo Obligacion from Japan, and Julius Lagare from Vietnam.
Julius is an overseas dance teacher for more than six years already, with his expertise ranging from hip-hop to ballet to contemporary. Prior to his stay in Italy, Julius first had the taste of OFW life in the United States for three years. His biggest dilemma then was, of course, the distance between him and his family. Then, an injury served as his wake-up call to reunite with them. “Pagdating ko dito ng 2014, after four months, pinasunod ko na ‘yung family ko kasi mahirap magtrabaho ‘pag ikaw lang mag isa,” he said.
From hustling as a dancer, Bojo shifted to working as a choreographer and Zumba instructor. It was the desire to explore his talent that pushed him to try his luck abroad, and this has been his dance steps for almost two decades. Aside from these, he also works as a general manager in an entertainment club in Yokohama. The homesickness disrupts Bojo’s thoughts at times yet he knows how to handle the rigors by dancing and inspiring other people.
XB’s dancing experiences in high school and college sparked the decision to work overseas. He started in 2012 by teaching a Filipino community in Rome. His group was composed of less than 10 kids then, until they were invited to perform as front act in a concert spearheaded by Daniel Padilla and Yeng Constantino. This paved the way for golden opportunities. From a small group, XB’s squad now has 120 kid members, ages 4-17. They are now the largest dance group all over Italy. Watch “I Feel U” every Sunday on OKS.abs-cbn.com