I tried my hand at choreography for the first time this year. The Princess and the Frog was my first ballet, created on the Ballet Manila School students for our annual Just Dance recital series. I never really thought of going into choreography until circumstances pushed me towards this direction. Between the two of us, Osias Barroso had always been the more active choreographer but he got very sick and needed an operation, so I had to create something for the school recital in his stead.
Later this year, I celebrated my 20th anniversary as a Philippine-based ballerina (having come home from Russia in 1986) with a full-length concert called Lisa@20, featuring the world premiere of Vladimir Angelov’s Figuera, and capped off the year with the beloved classics Don Quixote, La Bayadere and The Nutcracker. To commemorate this anniversary, we also published my autobiography, Ballerina of the People, which became a finalist at the National Book Award the following year.