Fil-Am Rob Laqui featured in Cirque du Soleil’s “TORUK – The First Flight”

Fil-Am Rob Laqui featured in Cirque du Soleil’s “TORUK – The First Flight”

Live at the Forum in LA this weekend 

My biggest New Year’s resolution of 2017 is to surround myself with art as much as possible. I am a big proponent of experiencing performance art with my family and whenever there are productions touring around town, I always want to share the news with kababayans, especially when a Filipino is in the production! Just for this weekend (Jan. 12-15), Cirque du Soleil’s “TORUK – The First Flight” will be at the Forum, and my family and I will be there to be bedazzled by the magic of the circus.

Something to cheer about: Rob Laqui, a first-generation Filipino American born and raised in Minnesota, is in the production as a puppeteer! Rob received a bachelor of fine arts in Musical Theatre Performance from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.

Based out of NYC, Rob has performed with numerous theatre/dance companies including: David Byrne’s “Here Lies Love” (Public Theater), LaMama E.T.C.’s/Great Jones Repertory, Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects, HT Chen, LOCO 7, Nicholas Andre Dance Theatre, Peter Pucci, and MOMIX; as well as been a featured dancer for MTV, TV Brasil and Rai Uno Italian Television.  He was also on the first national North American tour of “War Horse” and was asked to be one of the puppeteers as Joey appearing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Laqui first auditioned for Cirque du Soleil over a decade ago, but after being accepted into the company’s performer database, it wasn’t until fall 2014 when he was approached for the creation of “TORUK – The First Flight.”

I have an exclusive interview with him on “Kababayan Today” so make sure to go to to catch the story! For tickets to the New Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, go to  There are only six performances from January 12 to the 15th so don’t wait! See you all at the circus!


Giselle “G” Töngi is the host and producer of Kababayan Today, a daily talk show that features relevant topics for Filipino’s living in America. Her aim is to bridge not only the cultural gap between America & the Philippines but to help with the generational gap between our own people. She is married with two children and is based in Southern California and makes frequent trips in the Pacific Rim to Hawaii and Manila to feature fellow kababayans who are empowering the FilAm community.

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