Leonor Goquingco was appointed Philippine National Artist in creative dance in 1976.
In 1939, Leonor was the only dancer sent on the first cultural mission to Japan,
at the age of 19. She created ‘The Elements’ in 1940, the first ballet choreographed
by a Filipino to commissioned music. She also created ‘Sports’ during the same year,
featuring cheerleaders, a tennis match and a basketball game.
The first Philippine folkloric ballet, ‘Trend: Return to the Native’, was choreographed
by Goquingco in 1941. After the Second World War, she organized the Philippine Ballet
and brought the famous Filipino novel, Noli Me Tangere, to life.