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Trained in classical Ballet and contemporary dance and worked with some dance teachers abroad.
Graduated with a degree in dance from the University of the Philippines Diliman and awarded for his artistic meritorious achievement in dance as a student and for the community as a whole and achiever award for both national and international category.

He presented Philippines in various dance festivals and competition nationally and internationally.
He was Chosen by the director of Aberdeen International Youth Festival for a command of performance in “His Majesty Theatre” Scotland.
He was quoted by a Filipino American critic J.P. Paredes during his visit to Washington U.S.A./editorial 2004
“Let me be bold enough to crown him a genius of symbolism in dance".

He is a former soloist and principal dancer, choreographer of UPDANCE CO., AIRDANCE Philippines and University of the Philippine Concert Chorus (UPCC).

Member of WORLD DANCE ALLIANCE PHIL, ASIA CHOREOGRAPHERS NETWORK under Basilio Villaruz., Contemporary Dance Association International (CDA) under the direction of Lucy Jumawan,(I.T.I.) International Theatre Institute “Potentiality of Asian people in the arts, JAPAN”, ARKO Arts Council of Korea as a solo performer (students exchange). National Dance Co. Korea by Li Ji young as guest artist.

He was the only Asian to participate in Frey Faust technique, Axis syllabus in Vienna Austria and was given a full dance scholarship by the director of “David Campos Dance Company, “Escola de ballet” Barcelona Spain. He was also a “Touch Mobile” commercial television Model.

He is presently working as a full time Coordinator, Dance teacher and Choreographer at the Aboriginal Dance Theatre Redfern under Christine Donnelly (CEO).
At the same time he founded his own independent art space called “Ernesthojilla Dance Artists Space Au.”

These awards and recognitions prove Ernest versatility as an artist.

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