Aliw Theater
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Aliw Theater is located in Metro Manila
Aliw Theater
Aliw Theater
Location within Metro Manila
Aliw Theater is located in Luzon
Aliw Theater
Aliw Theater
Aliw Theater (Luzon)
Aliw Theater is located in Philippines
Aliw Theater
Aliw Theater
Aliw Theater (Philippines)
AddressCCP Complex
Coordinates14°33′25″N 120°59′09″E / 14.55685°N 120.98578°E / 14.55685; 120.98578Coordinates: 14°33′25″N 120°59′09″E / 14.55685°N 120.98578°E / 14.55685; 120.98578
OwnerStar Parks Corporation
Capacity2,358 (until 2020)
1,275 (2022–present)

The Aliw Theater is an events venue in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is located in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, adjacent to the Star City amusement park and the Manila Broadcasting Company.[1]


The Aliw Theater was built in 2002 as a gift of businessman Fred J. Elizalde to his ballerina wife, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.[2][3] The theater was personally designed by Fred Elizalde and is owned by Star Parks Corporation, which is also the owners and developers of the adjacent Star City amusement park.[4]

The theater's seating and stage survived a major fire on October 2, 2019, which affected the Star City amusement park compound.[5]

On August 10, 2022, Aliw Theater reopened with newly refurbished seats and stage design, followed by the accompanied performances by Ballet Manila.[6] In November 2022, The Feast Bay Area, a weekly gathering of the Light of Jesus Family founded by Bro. Bo Sanchez, was transferred from the Philippine International Convention Center to Aliw Theater,[7] marking its return to the latter after several years.


The Aliw Theater is situated on an area spanning 3,614 square meters (38,900 sq ft).[1] The theater has a seating capacity of 2,358 people with the seating area covering an area of 2,150 square meters (23,100 sq ft). The performing area of Aliw Theater has a width of 27 meters (89 ft) and a height of 1.32 meters (4.3 ft).[8] Other events facilities hosted within the theater building are the 300-square-meter (3,200 sq ft) Aliw Theater Lounge and the 765-square-meter (8,230 sq ft) Elizalde Hall (Aliw Theater Hall).[9] The seating capacity of the theater is 1,275, which was less than the previous capacity of 2,358. For events that require the presence of an orchestra, 200 more seats would have to be reduced to accommodate the band.[6]

A 100-capacity orchestra pit is also present within the theater which is the largest in the Philippines. Like the theater itself, the feature which was unveiled in October 2012 was a present to Lisa Macuja-Elizalde whose birthday is on October 3.[2]

Radio stations owned by the Manila Broadcasting Company namely DZRH, DZMB (Love Radio), DWRK (Easy Rock), DWYS (Yes The Best) and Radyo Natin Nationwide are also hosted on the theater's first floor where the entrance is also situated.[10]


  1. ^ a b "The Theater". Aliw Theater. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Marquez, Francine (28 September 2012). "Lisa Macuja performs Year 2 of her "Swan Song Series"". Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ Sampayan, J.T. (3 October 2019). "'I will miss my theaters the most,' says Lisa Macuja-Elizalde on the fire that engulfed Star City". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Theater History". Aliw Theater. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ GMA News [@gmanews] (3 October 2019). "Aliw Theater, nananatiling buo. Hindi inabot ng apoy ang mga upuan at entablado. Tanging mga pintuan ng fire exits na nakaharap sa Star City ang nasunog — Atty Rudolph Jularbal, Elizalde Group of Companies spokesperson | @JonathanAndal_" (Tweet) (in Filipino). Retrieved 30 October 2022 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b "LOOK: Newly-renovated Aliw Theater is back". Rappler. 11 August 2022. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  7. ^ The Feast PICC AM [@FeastPICCAM] (30 November 2022). "The Feast Bay Area Schedule for December 4, 11, and 18, 2022 at Aliw Theater: 📌 08:00 AM 📌 11:00 AM 📌 02:00 PM All sessions begin with the Holy Mass. 🙏Let's worship our God as one Feast family! 🙌 See you there! #OneFBA #YouAreLoved" (Tweet). Retrieved 2 December 2022 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Facilities". Aliw Theater. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Other Facilities". Aliw Theater. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  10. ^ Maranga, Mark Anthony. "Aliw Theater". Philippines Tour Guide. Retrieved 4 October 2016.