Originally hailing from the Philippines, Mike first got the dance bug while performing in the musical Pippin his sophomore year at the Jakarta International School in Indonesia. That experience prompted him to study modern dance with Jeff Slayton and Clay Taliaferro (Cunningham and Limón techniques) at both Duke University and the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. While in college, he was also cast in several dance-heavy shows, including A Chorus Line (Greg) and Moby Dick! The Musical, a Cameron Mackintosh production. Mike earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Duke and later went on to earn a Masters in Statistics at NCSU. Although now working as an Analyst and SAS Programmer at an accounting/trade consulting firm in downtown DC, Mike has managed to stay extensively involved with his first love of the performing arts. Mike is also a member of the Foundry UMC choir and the DCDD Capitol Pride Symphonic Band. A classically trained musician, he has often been hired to play at weddings or with various orchestras and ensembles. Mike is thrilled to expand his artistic endeavors by dancing with the talented men of the DC Cowboys.
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Occupation: Consultant Analyst
Company member since: 2006
What’s your favorite DC Cowboy memory?
Gay Games VII Closing Ceremony at Wrigley Field. Also, during the RSVP cruise, sitting at 4 a.m. with my future boyfriend on the promenade deck of the Caribbean Princess, watching the full moon scorch a swath across the ocean as we traveled from St. John’s to Princess Cays.
What’s something that freaks you out?
When someone actually gets really excited while I’m measuring them for the “boots to balls” giveaway. Not that I don’t also love that…
Where have you always wanted to travel but haven’t?
Sydney. Mykonos. Rio.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Ummmm… Michael Brandon in Hard as Wood. Ride ‘em Cowboy!
What’s in your nightstand?
Assorted junk, my collection of random business cards that you find in your pockets the morning after, “supplies,” “supplies,” and more “supplies.”
What’s your biggest turn-on?
What’s your biggest turn-off?
Guys who use the term “straight-acting.” Oops!
What’s your type of guy?
Tall, big, beefy, blond, blue-eyed, boy-next-door… pretty much my polar opposite. Oh yeah, and Italian, with an accent, from Noo Yowk, with a name like Vinny or Paulie or something.
What’s your favorite cocktail?
Bourbon & Diet Coke—mostly bourbon.