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Contemporary Arts in

the Philippines

National Artist Award

The National Artist Award is the highest
distinction bestowed upon Filipino Artists
whose body of work is recognized by their
peers and more importantly by their
countrymen as sublime expression of
Philippine music, dance, theatre, visual
arts, literature, film and media, arts,
architecture and design.

These are artists who have promoted
Filipino cultural identity and dignity through
their art.
President Ferdinand E. Marcos through
proclamation no.1001 dated April 2 1972,
confers the award to deserving individuals
as recommended by the Cultural Center of
the Philippines (CCP) and the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts
(NCCA).

Criteria
• Living artists who have been Filipino citizens for the last ten
years prior to nomination as well as those who have died
after the establishment of the award in 1972 but were
Filipino citizens at the time of their death;
• Artists who have helped build a Filipino sense of nationhood
through the content and form of their works;
• Artists who have distinguished themselves by pioneering in a
mode of creative expression or style, making an impact on
succeeding generations of artists;
• Artists who have created a significant body of works and/or
have consistently displayed excellence in the practice of
their art form, enriching artistic expression or style; and
• Artists who enjoy broad acceptance through prestigious
national and/or international recognition, awards in
prestigious national and/or international events, critical
acclaim and/or reviews of their works, and/or respect and
esteem from peers within an artistic discipline.

Pampanga 1981 (++) Jeremias Elizalde Antique 1999 (++) Navarro Jose T. Pangasinan 1976 (+) Vicente S. Edades Dagupan. Rizal 1973 (++) Victorio C. Manansala Macabebe. List of National Artists in the Philippines Legend: (+) deceased. Painting Fernando Amorsolo Paco. Joya Manila 2003 (++) . Francisco Angono. (++) posthumous conferment. Manila 1972 (++) Carlos V.

Manila 2009 (+) Francisco V. Manila 1990 (+) Hernando R. Legazpi Cesar Tondo. Manila 1991 (++) Arturo R. Luz Manila 1997 Ang Kiukok (Ang Hwa Shing) Davao City 2001 (+) Benedicto R. Cabrera Malabon 2006 (BenCab) Abdulmari Asia Imao Siasi. Visual Art F. Cruz. Sulu 2006 (painting/sculptor) Federico Aguilar Alcuaz Sta. Pasig 2014 (++) . Cruz. Coching Buting. Ocampo Sta.

Goquingco Jolo. 1973 (+) Bulacan Leonor O. Bohol 1976 Dance Francisca R. Abueva Tagbilaran. Urtula Iloilo City 1988 (+) Ramon A. Obusan Camarines Norte 2006 (+) Alice Reyes 2014 .Sculptur e Guillermo E. Bocaue. Bulacan 1973 (+) Napoleon V. Tolentino Malolos. Aquino Lolomboy. Sulu 1976 (+) Lucrecia R.

Hernandez Hagonoy.V. Romulo Intramuros. Literatur e Amado V. 1999 (+) Nueva Vizcaya . Cruz. Manila 1973 (+) Nick M. Manila 1982 (+) Francisco Arcellana Sta. Manila 1990 (+) N. Manila 1976 (+) Carlos P. Joaquin Paco. Tiempo Bayombong. Bulacan 1973 (++) Jose Garcia Villa Singalong.M Gonzales Romblon 1997 (++) (Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzalez) Carlos Quirino 1997 (+) (Historical Literature) Edith L.

2001 (Francisco) Pangasinan Virgilio S. Almario San Miguel. Sionil Jose Rosales. Bautista 2014 . Batangas 2006 Lazaro Francisco Orani.F. 2003 Bulacan Alejandro R. Bataan 2009 (++) Cirilo F. Bienvenido Lumbera Lipa. Roces Manila 2003 (+) Dr.

Rizal 1991 (+) Felipe P. Capiz 1976 (+) Province Antonino R.Music Antonio J. 1988 (+) Bulacan Lucresia R. Buenaventura Baliuag. 1997 (++) Nueva Ecija Jose M. Kasilag San 1989 (+) Fernando. Molina Quiapo. La Union Lucio D. Maceda Manila 1997 (+) . De Leon Peñaranda. San Pedro Angono. 1973 (+) Manila Jovita Fuentes Capiz.

1997 (+) Manila Prof. Feliciano Morong. Veneracion Manila 1999 (+) Ernani J. Cuenco Malolos. Mt. Andrea O. 1976 (+) (Theater & Film) Province Manuel Conde Daet. Avellana Bondoc. Rizal 2014 Lamberto V. 2014 Bataan Ramon P. Santos Pasig. 2009 (++) Camarines Norte . 1999 (++) Bulacan Francisco F.Levi Celerio Tondo.

Avellana Bondoc. 1997 (++) Sorsogon Ishmael Bernal Manila 2001 (++) Eddie S. Romero Dumaguete 2003 (+) (Cinema & Broadcast Arts) City Fernando Poe Jr. Mt. Manila 2006 (++) . 2009 (++) Camarines Norte Cinema Gerardo de Leon Manila 1982 (++) Lino O.Film Lamberto V. Brocka Pilar. 1976 (+) (Theater & Film) Province Manuel Conde Daet.

Manila 1973 (+) Pablo S. Negros 1990 (+) Occidental Archt.Architecture Juan F. Ildefonso P. Nakpil Quiapo. 2014 (++) Manila . Antonio Binondo. Locsin Silay. Zaragoza Quiapo. Santos Malabon 2006 (+) (Landscape Architecture) Jose Maria V. 1976 (++) Manila Leandro V.

Bernal Design Dagupan City 2003 Theater Honorata “Atang” dela Tondo. 1997 (++) & Literature) Tondo. 1997 (++) Manila Rolando S. 1987 (++) Rama (Theater & Music) Manila Wilfrido Ma.Fashion Design Ramon O. Tinio (Theater Gagalangin. Valera Abra 2006 (++) Theater Salvador F. Guerrero Ermita. Manila .

Daisy H. Montano Laoag. Avellana Capiz 1999 (+) Severino R. Ilocos 2001 (+) Norte .

• Formalized in 1992. preservation. the Manlilikha ng Bayan Act. 7355. • The National Commission for the Culture and the Arts oversees its implementation. GaMaBa Awards (Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan) • The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan. through Republic Act No. or the National Living Treasures Award. and promotion of the nation’s traditional folk arts. is conferred on Filipinos who are at the forefront of the practice. .

• In 2014. the Senate of the Philippines adopted Senate Resolution No.• The main objective of the award is to honor and support traditional folk artists and to see to it that that their skills and crafts are preserved. • The award is tied with a program that ensures the transfer of their skills to new generations and the promotion of the craft both locally and internationally. (SRN) 765 aimed at recognizing the accomplishments of the country’s living treasures. .

Below the logo is the phrase “Manlilikha ng Bayan” written in Baybayin.• The award logo is a representation of the human form used in traditional cloth. . an ancient Filipino script used in the Philippines in the 16th century.

4. ornament. Should have produced and performed of artistic. Should have been engaged in the tradition and craft for a significant period of time with at least 50 years of existence and documentation. Criteria 1. . textile or fiber art. Should be a Filipino citizen or group of citizens belonging to an indigenous / traditional cultural community anywhere in the Philippines. 3. literature. weaving. graphic and plastic arts. Should possess mastery of the tools and materials that are needed for the art and must have a reputation for being an art master and craft maker in the community where he / she belongs. distinctive. pottery and other artistic expressions of traditional culture. performing arts. 2. and superior quality. carving. engaged in Filipino traditional art in the following categories: folk architecture. maritime transport.

5. In case when a Manlilikha ng Bayan candidate is incapable of teaching further his/ her craft and skill due to age or infirmity. 6. – He/ she has been recognized as a master of his / her craft and admired for his character and integrity in his / her community. . – He / she should have created a significant body of work and has contributed to the development of the tradition and craft – He / she should have played a role in the preservation and revitalization of the artistic tradition in the community. Should have passed on and/ or will pass on the traditional crafts and skills to other members of the community by virtue of teaching.

List of Awardees Ginaw Bilog is a Hanunoo Mangyan poet from Mansalay. Oriental Mindoro. He is considered as a master of the Ambahan poetry. he was given the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan award. This wisdom is his key to the understanding of the Mangyan soul. In 1993. .

• The ambahan is sung and its messages range from courtship. giving advice to the young. • Such an oral tradition is common place among indigenous cultural groups but the ambahan has remained in existence today chiefly because it is etched on bamboo tubes using ancient Southeast Asian. Ambahan • Ambahan is a poetic literary form composed of seven-syllable lines used to convey messages through metaphors and images. saying goodbye to a dear friend and so on. pre-colonial script called surat Mangyan. asking for a place to stay. .

aroding (mouth harp). and babarak (ring flute).Masino Intaray was born near Makagwa Valley. In 1993. He was a skilled and proficient player of the basal (gong). he was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. He was also well-versed in kulilal (songs) and bagit (vocal music). .

palendag. and tambul. In 1993. . agong. He is proficient in kulintang. he was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award.Samaon Sulaiman is kutyapi master and teacher of his instrument in Libutan and other barangays of Maganoy town. Mindanao. gandingan.

she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. Her art is considered excellent because of the “fine even quality of the yarn. the chromatic integrity of the dye. . the close interweaving of the warp and weft.Lang Dulay is a T'boli artist from Lake Sebu. She is considered as a traditional weaver of "t'nalak" or "tinalak" cloth. and the consistency of the finish” In 1998. the traditional forms and patterns. South Cotabato.

. she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award.Salinta Monon was a Tagabawa-Bagobo weaver from Bansalan. She was cited for demonstrating the creative and expressive aspects of the Bagobo abaca ikat weaving called inabal at the time when it was threatened with extinction. In 1998. Davao del Sur.

He has also mastered the dance patterns and movements associated with his people’s ritual. In 2000. Kalinga. .Alonzo Saclag is a Kalinga master of dance and the performing arts from Lubuagan. he was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. He is the founder of the Kalinga Budong Dance Troupe.

He is considered as a bantugan. Iloilo.Federico Caballero is a Sulod- Bukidnon epic chanter from Kalinog. He strives to dispense justice in the community through his work as a manughusay – an arbiter of conflicts. He ceaselessly work for the documentation of the oral literature. . particularly the epics. of his people. In 2000. he was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award.

he was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. a people to whom instrumental music is of much significance. . connected as it is with both the agricultural cycle and the social realm. and tuntungan.Uwang Ahadas is from Lamitan. kayu. He is a Yakan. In 2000. He is a hands-on-teacher to those who wants to learn playing Yakan instruments including the kwintangan. Basilan.

Sulu. from Barangay Parang.Darhata Sawabi is a weaver of pis syabit - the traditional cloth tapestry worn as a head covering by the Tausug of Jolo. in the island of Jolo. . In 2005. she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award.

. he was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. In 2005. Pampanga. bronze and wood.Eduardo Mutuc is from Apalit. He has dedicated his life to creating religious and secular art in silver.

In 2005. Tandubas.Haja Amina Appi was recognized as the master mat weaver among the Sama indigenous community of Ungos Matata. Tawi-Tawi. . she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award.

he was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award.Teopilo Garcia is a hat weaver from San Quintin. . He is known for tabungaw. which can last up to three to four generations if taken care of properly. Abra. In 2012.

Magdalena Gamis a Filipino master weaver who makes “inabel”. . she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. an Ilokano handwoven cloth. In 2012.

Other Recognized Awards for Filipinos Ani ng Dangal or "Harvest of Honors" is a state recognition given by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. The Ani ng Dangal is given to a natural-born Filipino artist or group that has reaped top honors in international events. . It is an annual event in the Philippines celebrated as a highlight and concluding rite of the Philippine Arts Festival.

particularly students. and • To assist in their eventual dissemination to our people.The Palanca Awards aims to develop Philippine Literature in the following manner: • By providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works. . • By being a treasury of the Philippine’s literary gems from our gifted writers.

is a Philippine literary award sponsored by the NBDB (National Book Development Board) and the MCC (Manila Critics' Circle).The Philippine National Book Awards. or simply the National Book Awards. starting in 2008 the administration of the award changed to the NBDB. The yearly awards have been given since 1982 by the Manila Critics' Circle. .

the organization was first known by the English version of its name. workshops. and providing seminars. UMPIL) is an organization of Filipino writers in the Philippines.The Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas is an award given by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL). the Writers' Union of the Philippines. UMPIL is the Writers' Union of the Philippines (Filipino: Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas. It has the primary goal of promoting Philippine literature. and symposia. . Established in 1974. uniting writers in the Philippines.

.Ang Pedro Bucaneg Award ang pinakamataas na pagkilalang iginagawad ng Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Filipinas (GUMIL Filipinas) sa mga lalaking manunulat na Ilokano. Iginagawad ito doon sa mga tinitingalang lalaking manunulat na Ilokano na nakapagbigay ng natatanging ambag sa pag-unlad ng panitikang Iluko.

Thoughts to think about? • What other artist awards are existing in the Philippines? In the regions? • Are there other arts forms and artists that are still unrecognized? Can we identify them? .

sa pagbabahagi ng kaalaman Mabuhay ang SINING! .

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