The Legends and the Classics



Lunch with the Legend - prima ballerina @lisamacuja. Watch The Legends & The Classics on Oct 12-13 at CCP with Lisa Macuja, Lea Salonga and Cecile Licad.
It was a pleasant surprise to get a call from Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s team inviting me to have lunch with her last Friday.


Wife of Russian Ambassador to Philippines and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde (Ballet Manila)
Last time I saw Lisa was when she guested on my ANC talkshow in 2006! This was taken one month before Lily was born. Here’s Lisa with the wife of the Russian Ambassador to Philippines. They were then promoting the touring Bolshoi Ballet then, which I got to see at the CCP. I remember thinking, maybe my baby will grow up to be a ballerina because I relished every single move and sound. True enough, of all my girls, Lily is the dancer. Untrained. But still, she really feels music run through her veins and isn’t shy to express it with her free-style moves.


Lisa Macuja in TLTC 2012
Lisa is the Philippines’ first prima ballerina having been the principal dancer of the prestigious Kirov Ballet in 1984 (originally known as the Imperial Russian Ballet).


Lisa hasn’t slowed down one bit. Throughout lunch she was receiving calls from her dance company regarding administrative and creative issues. This is a crazy month for her. Because of the storms, three productions are overlapping – Carmen, Tatlo Pang Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang and rehearsals for the return of The Legends and the Classics.


Icons of the performing arts – Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Cecile Licad and Lea Salonga.


This October, this rare gathering of three iconic performing artists will be happening again. For those of you who missed the first one last March 2012, here is another chance to see the top three artists perform together again. The winner of last year’s Aliw Award for Best Concert Collaboration, it returns to the stage as The Legends and the Classics Encore, on October 12, Saturday, 8 p.m., and October 13, Sunday, 5 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company and Ballet Manila, the concert will highlight individual spot numbers, including medleys of Broadway hits and romantic standards from Salonga, immortal piano pieces from Licad and lyrical ballet numbers from Macuja-Elizalde. But what will make it even more unforgettable are the triumvirate’s collaborative performances combining song, music and dance.

The Legends and the Classics Encore will also feature Ballet Manila, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga and cellist Ed Pasamba. Roxanne Lapus directs.


Cecile Licad, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Lea Salonga in The Le


Tickets for The Legends and the Classics Encore are available at all TicketWorld outlets. For details, or call 891-9999.

For more info, check out Ballet Manila on Facebook.


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