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Lisa Macuja celebrates the classics in 50th birthday concert

In 1984, Lisa Macuja (fifth from left) graduated at the top of her class from the Leningrad Choreographic Institute in Russia under the tutelage of her mentor Tatiana Udalenkova (center). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ballet Manila

With a grateful heart, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde presents a very special show to mark two significant milestones in her life – her 50th birthday and her 30th anniversary as a professional ballerina.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Lisa Macuja lives up to title as ‘ballerina of the people’


If you’ve been getting eyestrain from the “Yolanda” postings on Facebook and frustrated by news of unwieldy rescue and relief operations, it might be a good idea to get a quick fix at the theater.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ballet Manila’s ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘La Bayadere’ to raise funds for ‘Yolanda’ victims

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde has announced that all proceeds from ticket sales to her “Swan Song Series” Year 3 shows will be donated to relief operations for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

In the company of legends


As I was leaving the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) the other night, still in a state of euphoria and hoarse from screaming “bravo” at curtain call, someone asked me, “Will you do a review?”

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘Legends’ Lisa Macuja, Cecile Licad, Lea Salonga get back together for ‘Encore’

“LEGENDS and the Classics Encore” is a showcase of music, song and dance.

The first day of rehearsals for last year’s “The Legends and the Classics” had just finished. The orchestra members had all filed out. The stagehands were packing up.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »