A Philippines circus troupe that is the brainchild of comedian, actor, and choreographer Filipinos’ favorite comic is getting a major boost.
In a letter to the Philippine legislature, comedian, artist, and actor J.B. Guzman told lawmakers the Philippine Association of Circus Trainers (PACTO) was in talks with the government to have the PACTO be a national organization and would be working on an “acrobat-led circus program for the Philippines.”
The letter, addressed to the Public Works and Construction Committee (PPC) chairperson, says the PACTO “will be a regional and national organization to promote, facilitate, and develop the art of the acrobat and the circus.”
The PACTOs new name is the Philippines’ first national circus training organization.
“The circus training of circus trainers is a vital component in the fight against the global pandemic.
The PACTTO will be a catalyst in the global effort to ensure that circus trainees are adequately trained to effectively participate in the circus industry, and that the circus is a safe and healthy place for everyone,” the letter says.
The PACOTO, as the Pacto Acrobatic Trio is known, was formed in 2010 as a joint effort between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (PCOHR).
It has been active in fighting against the country’s human rights record since it was formed.
The organization was founded in 1986 as a means to promote and develop circus and circus arts, but it has grown to become one of the most popular and successful circus performers in the world.
In recent years, it has won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards in the entertainment category for its performances of the national anthem.
The organization was awarded the prestigious title of the Best Foreign Arts and Entertainment Organization in the United States in 2012.
The Philippine Association for Circus Trainer Education (PACTTE) was formed on November 1, 2016, in response to the government’s announcement of a national circus education program for young children.
The program would have taught children how to perform the national songs of the Philippines, which include the national anthems of Manila, Tacloban, and Davao.
But the PACA, the Pacts’ parent organization, has long been skeptical of the program, calling it a “false advertising” that would hurt the PACC’s efforts to increase awareness of the circus and trainees.
The new name of the Paccos national organization will be something that the Paca will be proud of,” said PACA chairperson Jose B. Villanueva.
He added the PCA will work to ensure PACTTE is not compromised in the Philippine government’s fight against poverty.”
We have a responsibility to ensure the Pachacao is not losing its independence and the Pachiacao, that we are not giving up the Pacao,” Villanuesa said.
The Manila Bulletin first reported the news on Saturday.