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Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and her fond Star City memories

By: - Reporter
/ 09:28 AM October 04, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – On her 55th birth anniversary, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde reminisced about her Star City memories a day after the amusement park was destroyed by fire.

“19 years ago, Fred gave me an 850 seater theater named Star in the middle of his amusement park named Star City,” Macuja – Elizalde said in an Instagram post on Thursday.

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“Fred” is the prima ballerina’s husband, Fred J. Elizalde, the owner of Star Parks Corp. which operates Star City.

“Two birthdays later he gave me Aliw Theater. This time the arena-like theater could sit 2,500!” she added.

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And despite almost losing “almost everything” due to the fire, Macuja-Elizalde still expressed her gratitude to the public for remembering the “glorious years of the park complex that brought so much joy to me, my family, my company and our community!”

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19 years ago, Fred gave me an 850 seater theater named Star in the middle of his amusement park named Star City. Two birthdays later he gave me Aliw Theater. This time the arena like theater could sit 2,500! Yesterday, we lost almost everything in a devastating fire that ate up Star Theater, Star City, MBC building and parts of Aliw Theater. Today – on my 55th birthday I would just like to say THANK YOU to all who will remember those glorious years of the park complex that brought so much joy to me, my family, my company and our community! Mabuhay po tayong lahat! Thank you to the Lord for NO ONE WAS HURT! Thank you to all who remember me today! Thank you for making me feel so very blessed! #riselikethephoenix #wewillrebuild #starcity #startheater #aliwtheater #mbc #balletmanila #familyiseverything Photo credit @imdawanderingman

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“Mabuhay po tayong lahat! (Long live to us all!) Thank you to the Lord for NO ONE WAS HURT! Thank you to all who remember me today!” she said.

The conflagration that struck the amusement park also damage the adjacent Manila Broadcasting Company facility.

Damage to property was estimated at P1 billion.

Elizalde Group of Companies vice president and spokesperson Rudolph Juralbal said Star City would reopen in October 2020./gsg

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