Remembering Nanette Lusterio (1954-2012) (rev 1)
Article by Nicky Lusterio, Ignacio Dee, and Pirie Enzo
Would like to thank Nanette daughter Nicky for giving me permission and contributing photos to this article and Mr Ignacio Dee for his insight as a long time follower of Track and Field in this country
Nanette Lusterio passed away 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. Representing NMRAA in local, regional and national school meets. A women who truly loved representing her country and the sport of Track and Field. Mrs Lusterio was overshadowed by other great athletes of her time her career spanned the entire 1970s. However Nanette holds her own place in Philippine Track and Field History. Her feats include the fact she held the Philippine Junior Record (1.63m) in the Junior Womens High Jump for 21 years from 1972 to 1993. 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 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. The then 18-year old Lusterio who stood at 5’6 set a Philippine Junior record in the womens 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 onto equal the Palarong Pambansa High Jump Record of 1.64m.
She would represent 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
1972 100m Hurdles -16.0s (Silver) Singapore, ASEAN School Games
1972 High Jump - 1.63m (Philippine Junior Record 1972-1993) 24/7/72 Manila.
1974 High Jump -1.60m (Palarong Pambansa Record)
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
- 1978 Palarong Pambansa (pinoyathletics.com)
- Renato Unso ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ who shattered the national record. (pinoyathletics.com)