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Lisa Macuja

Lisa Macuja
AKA Lisa Macuja Elizalde

  • 1st Filipina Ballerina to win a Laureate Prize - a silver medal from the Asia-Pacific Ballet Competition in Tokyo (1987)
  • 1st Filipina Ballerina to win the 1st major international award in ballet for the Philippines
  • 1st Filipina Ballerina to join the Kirov Ballet in Russia (1984)
  • 1st Filipina Artist-in-residence at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (1986)
  • Founder of Ballet Manila


“It's cool to read because you can transform into anything and anyone you want or dream of becoming. You can go to any place you want to be. You can learn about any subject you can think about. You can change your very being. Just think about all that power!.”

"Ballerina of the People"

MOTHER: Susan Macuja

HUSBAND Fred J. Elizalde
CHILDREN: Michelle Elizabeth (Missy) and Manuel Cesar (Mac)


Lisa Macuja-Elizalde: Artistic Director
Interview with Lisa Macuja-Elizalde
Ballet Manila

Did you know...

  • ...that President Noynoy Aquino was the first Filipino bachelor to become President of the Republic of the Philippines?
  • ...that Astronomer Armando Lee was the first Filipino Master of Science (MS) degree holder in Astronomy in the Philippines?
  • ...that race driver Marlon Stockinger was the first Filipino-Swiss race winner in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship?
  • ...that Joy Rojas was the first Filipina to run across 3,107 miles across the United States?
  • ...that boxing champion Manny Pacquiao was the first Filipino sports billionaire?
  • ...that José Rizal was given the label 'First Filipino' by Leon Ma. Guerrero, the first Filipino Ambassador to Germany?