Zumbarangay Pilipinas drumbeats need for mental, physical fitness in pandemic

Almost 300 women, girls and LGBTQI joined Zumbarangay Pilipinas Solo Exercise On-Cam Challenge with video entries of their solo dance performance to the tune of the original exercise music, Igalaw galaw Ating Katawan. Its upbeat track invites everyone to rise up, shape up, and move their bodies to the beat.

The nationwide exercise campaign organized by the Women in Sports of the Philippine Sports Commission received entries from the barangay level across its four categories: Women Frontliner category; Women Open category, LGBTQ category, and kids and young category, which accepted entries from participants aged 6-17 years old, and with parent’s or guardian’s consent. 

In the form of a fun-filled contest, the Zumbarangay Pilipinas keeps a row of internationally renowned personalities from the dance, fitness and sports industries.  


Judged based on forms and style, movement, vigor and energy, and Philippine cultural and artistry value, qualified barangay-level entries moved on to city/town-level qualifiers, and to provincial, regional and national levels.

The panel of judges for the city/town level include an international dance sports multi-medalist, an award-winning international choreographer, licensed Zumba instructors, and a certified group exercise instructor.

Stephanie Sabalo is a celebrity and international multi-medalist dance sport athlete, who won two golds and one silver in the 19th SouthEast Games. She clinched the top five position, besting 150 couples from around the globe, who competed in the Adult Amateur Five Dance category in the German Open Championships in 2015. 

Chris Beltran is an international and award-winning choreographer, best known as the Coach and Director of the 2017 and 2016 back to back World Hip-Hop International Champions in USA, UPeepz. Aside from Hip Hop International, he has also won gold medals in the 2015 and 2013 World Supremacy Battlegrounds Champions in Australia. An international choreographer who has taught in Guam, LA, New Zealand, Scotland, Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne to name a few, he has been recognized by the NCAA as a three-time Ani ng Dangal Awardee for Dance in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Professor Michiko Aseron is a dance faculty from the University of the Philippines Diliman-College of Human Kinetics as well as a licensed Zumba instructor and ballet teachers. 

Coach Lenlen Ruis is a certified AFAA group Exercise instructor who started her career in the Fitness Industry in the late 80s. She was also known as a world class sport aerobics athlete in the 90s. In 2003, Coach Lenlen Ruis began to serve as the head coach of the aerobic gymnastics Philippine team, and led several aerobic gymnasts to win medals in the SEA Gmaes 2003, SEA Games 2005 and other international competitions.

Bam Mogato is a American Council on Exercise Certified Fitness Instructor since 2000, a  

Barre3 Certified Teacher since 2009, and a Certified Kettlebell Teacher by IKFF 2011 and IKSF since 2015. She completed a Certificate in Sports Graduate in 1994 from the University of the Philippines. 

For more information on Zumbarangay Pilipinas mechanics, please visit

PSC’s Rise Up, Shape Up is a weekly web series streamed via Facebook and YouTube every Saturdays at 10:30 AM. For more information on Rise Up, Shape Up, visit its official Facebook page at and YouTube page

Topics: Zumbarangay Pilipinas Solo Exercise On-Cam Challenge , Igalaw galaw Ating Katawan , Women in Sports of the Philippine Sports Commission
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