A season of silver linings for Lisa Macuja Elizalde

What might seem to others like an annus horribilis for Lisa Macuja Elizalde, CEO and artistic director of Ballet Manila (BM), she now sees as just a year of adapting to unexpected changes.

On Oct. 2, 2019, the eve of her birthday, a fire razed the Star City Complex and damaged Aliw Theater, BM’s home. The company had been all set to perform “Giselle”—which it thankfully got to do after securing a one-night venue grant at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Elizalde was thus determined to celebrate her company’s 25th anniversary season with pomp. BM would restage Gerardo Francisco’s award-winning “Ibong Adarna” in Ateneo’s Hyundai Hall, and follow it up with a three-month …

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