Article by Nicky Lusterio, Ignacio Dee, and Pirie Enzo
Remembering Nanette Lusterio (1954-2012)
Above all, I Would like to thank Nanette’s daughter Nicky for giving me permission and contributing photos to this article. In addition also Mr. Ignacio Dee for his insight as a long time follower of Track and Field in this country
Nanette Lusterio in Remembrance
Nanette Galaritta Lusterio passed away on August 13, 2012, at the young age of 58.
Lusterio came to be known as the pride of Alubijid (not far from Cagayan De Oro) in Northern Mindanao. In addition representing NMRAA in local, regional and national school meets. Above all a woman who truly loved representing her country and the sport of Track and Field.
In contrast, Mrs. Lusterio was overshadowed by other great athletes of her time her career spanned the entire The 1970s. However, Nanette holds her own place in Philippine Track and Field History. In contrast, her feats include the fact she held the Philippine Junior Record (1.63m) in the Junior Women’s High Jump for 21 years from 1972 to 1993.
Above all a very popular and charismatic athlete who will be dearly missed by her friends, her peers firmly believe she deserves a place among the greats of our sport.
Nanette Lusterio Early Days
Nanette Galaritta Lusterio was born on June 12, 1954, in Alubijid, Northern Mindanao the daughter of Nicasio Lusterio Sr. and Pureza.
Emerging as a talent in both the 100m Hurdles clocking 15.5s at the Malaysian Open and High Jump in the early 70s. In addition, the then 18-year old Lusterio who stood at 5’6 set a Philippine Junior record in the women’s High Jump of 1.63m which stood 21 years until it was broken in 1993 by Chery Ann Janiva (1.64m). In 1974 she went on to equal the Palarong Pambansa High Jump Record of 1.64m.
Representing the Philippines at two SEA Games. Going onto win a Bronze and then a silver at the 1977 and 1979 SEA Games in the 5 event Pentathlon respectively and was still active in local sporting events leading up to the early 80s.
List of Known Performances
- 1972 100m Hurdles -15.5s Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Open
- 100m Hurdles -16.0s (Silver) Singapore, ASEAN School Games
- High Jump – 1.63m (Philippine Junior Record 1972-1993) 24/7/72 Manila.
- 1973 High Jump -1.53m Asian Championships (5th Place)
- 1974 High Jump -1.60m (Palarong Pambansa Record)
- 1975 Pentatlon – 3395 pts Asian Championships (5th Place)
- 1976 100m Hurdles – 14.5s 15/3/1976. Lucena City, Palarong Pambansa
- 1977 100m Hurdles -15.53et (5th) Kuala Lumpur, SEA Games
1977 Pentathlon – 2916 pts (Bronze) Kuala Lumpur, SEA Games
- (15.60, 7.94m, 1.54m, 5.08m, 2.45.6)
- 1978 Long Jump- 5.09m (1st) Palarong Pambansa
- 1979 High Jump – 1.55m (5th) Jakarta, SEA Games
- 1979 Pentathlon -3011 pts (Silver) Jakarta, SEA Games
- (15.86, 8.54m, 1.54m, 5.11m, 2.39.35)
- 1981 100m Hurdles -14.90et 3 10/12/1981 Manila
- 1982 100m Hurdles -15.8 3rd Palaro
- 1982 High Jump 1.40 3rd Palaro