Leonor Orosa Goquinco

Leonor Orosa Goquinco was a Filipino National Artist in Creative Dance. She could play the piano, draw, design scenery and costumes, sculpt, act, direct, dance and choreograph. Her penname was Cristina Luna and she was known as Trailblazer, Mother of Philippine Theater Dance and Dean of Filipino Performing Arts Critics. She died on July 15 2005 of "cardiac arrest secondary to cerebro-vascular accident" at the age of 87.

Goquinco graduated at the top of her class as valedictorian in Negros Occidental Provincial High School. She later moved to Manila and entered the Philippine Women's University (PWU) where she took an ACS course. She earned a diploma in education, majoring in English Literature from St. Scholastica's College and graduated summa cum laude. The famous national artist also took graduate courses in theatre craft, drama and music at Columbia University and the Teachers College in New York City, USA. She also took professional and teacher courses at the Ballet de Monte Carlo.

Leonor Orosa-Goquinco was born on July 24, 1917 at Jolo, Sulu. Her parents were Sixto Orosa and Sevedna Luna, both doctors who graduated from UP. She was married to Benjamin Goquinco and had three children: Benjamin Jr., Rachelle and Regina.

She won the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award in 1961 and 1964, the Rizal Centennial Award in 1962, the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1964, and the Presidential Award of Merit in 1970. She also won the Tandang Sora Award and the Columbia University Alumni Association Award in 1975. Leonor Orosa Goquinco was proclaimed the National Artist for Dance on March 27, 1976.