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.
List of National Artists in the Philippines
Legend: (+) deceased; (++) posthumous conferment.

Painting
Fernando Amorsolo Paco, Manila 1972 (++)
Carlos V. Francisco Angono, Rizal 1973 (++)
Victorio C. Edades Dagupan, Pangasinan 1976 (+)
Vicente S. Manansala Macabebe, Pampanga 1981 (++)
Jeremias Elizalde Antique 1999 (++)
Navarro
Jose T. Joya Manila 2003 (++)
Visual
Art F. Legazpi
Cesar Tondo, Manila 1990 (+)
Hernando R. Ocampo Sta. Cruz, 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, Sulu 2006
(painting/sculptor)
Federico Aguilar Alcuaz Sta. Cruz, Manila 2009 (+)
Francisco V. Coching Buting, Pasig 2014 (++)
Sculptur
e
Guillermo E. Tolentino Malolos, Bulacan 1973 (+)
Napoleon V. Abueva Tagbilaran, Bohol 1976

Dance
Francisca R. Aquino Lolomboy, Bocaue, 1973 (+)
Bulacan
Leonor O. Goquingco Jolo, Sulu 1976 (+)
Lucrecia R. Urtula Iloilo City 1988 (+)
Ramon A. Obusan Camarines Norte 2006 (+)
Alice Reyes 2014
Literatur
e
Amado V. Hernandez Hagonoy, Bulacan 1973 (++)
Jose Garcia Villa Singalong, Manila 1973 (+)
Nick M. Joaquin Paco, Manila 1976 (+)
Carlos P. Romulo Intramuros, Manila 1982 (+)
Francisco Arcellana Sta. Cruz, Manila 1990 (+)
N.V.M Gonzales Romblon 1997 (++)
(Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzalez)

Carlos Quirino 1997 (+)
(Historical Literature)
Edith L. Tiempo Bayombong, 1999 (+)
Nueva Vizcaya
F. Sionil Jose Rosales, 2001
(Francisco) Pangasinan
Virgilio S. Almario San Miguel, 2003
Bulacan
Alejandro R. Roces Manila 2003 (+)
Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera Lipa, Batangas 2006
Lazaro Francisco Orani, Bataan 2009 (++)
Cirilo F. Bautista 2014
Music
Antonio J. Molina Quiapo, 1973 (+)
Manila
Jovita Fuentes Capiz, Capiz 1976 (+)
Province
Antonino R. Buenaventura Baliuag, 1988 (+)
Bulacan
Lucresia R. Kasilag San 1989 (+)
Fernando, La
Union
Lucio D. San Pedro Angono, Rizal 1991 (+)
Felipe P. De Leon Peñaranda, 1997 (++)
Nueva Ecija
Jose M. Maceda Manila 1997 (+)
Levi Celerio Tondo, 1997 (+)
Manila
Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion Manila 1999 (+)
Ernani J. Cuenco Malolos, 1999 (++)
Bulacan
Francisco F. Feliciano Morong, 2014
Bataan
Ramon P. Santos Pasig, Rizal 2014

Lamberto V. Avellana Bondoc, Mt. 1976 (+)
(Theater & Film) Province
Manuel Conde Daet, 2009 (++)
Camarines
Norte
Film
Lamberto V. Avellana Bondoc, Mt. 1976 (+)
(Theater & Film) Province
Manuel Conde Daet, 2009 (++)
Camarines
Norte

Cinema
Gerardo de Leon Manila 1982 (++)
Lino O. Brocka Pilar, 1997 (++)
Sorsogon
Ishmael Bernal Manila 2001 (++)
Eddie S. Romero Dumaguete 2003 (+)
(Cinema & Broadcast Arts) City
Fernando Poe Jr. Manila 2006 (++)
Architecture
Juan F. Nakpil Quiapo, Manila 1973 (+)
Pablo S. Antonio Binondo, 1976 (++)
Manila
Leandro V. Locsin Silay, Negros 1990 (+)
Occidental
Archt. Ildefonso P. Santos Malabon 2006 (+)
(Landscape Architecture)
Jose Maria V. Zaragoza Quiapo, 2014 (++)
Manila
Fashion Design
Ramon O. Valera Abra 2006 (++)

Theater
Salvador F. Bernal
Design Dagupan City 2003

Theater
Honorata “Atang” dela Tondo, 1987 (++)
Rama (Theater & Music) Manila
Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Ermita, 1997 (++)
Manila
Rolando S. Tinio (Theater Gagalangin, 1997 (++)
& Literature) Tondo,
Manila
Daisy H. Avellana Capiz 1999 (+)
Severino R. Montano Laoag, Ilocos 2001 (+)
Norte
GaMaBa Awards
(Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan)
• The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan, or
the National Living Treasures Award, is
conferred on Filipinos who are at the forefront
of the practice, preservation, and promotion
of the nation’s traditional folk arts.
• Formalized in 1992, through Republic Act No.
7355, the Manlilikha ng Bayan Act.
• The National Commission for the Culture and
the Arts oversees its implementation.
• 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.
• In 2014, the Senate of the Philippines
adopted Senate Resolution No. (SRN)
765 aimed at recognizing the
accomplishments of the country’s living
treasures.
• The award logo is a representation of the human
form used in traditional cloth. Below the logo is
the phrase “Manlilikha ng Bayan” written in
Baybayin, an ancient Filipino script used in the
Philippines in the 16th century.
Criteria
1. Should be a Filipino citizen or group of citizens
belonging to an indigenous / traditional cultural
community anywhere in the Philippines, engaged in
Filipino traditional art in the following categories: folk
architecture, maritime transport, weaving, carving,
performing arts, literature, graphic and plastic arts,
ornament, textile or fiber art, pottery and other artistic
expressions of traditional culture;
2. Should have been engaged in the tradition and craft
for a significant period of time with at least 50 years
of existence and documentation;
3. Should have produced and performed of artistic,
distinctive, and superior quality;
4. 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;
5. Should have passed on and/ or will pass on
the traditional crafts and skills to other
members of the community by virtue of
teaching;
6. In case when a Manlilikha ng Bayan
candidate is incapable of teaching further
his/ her craft and skill due to age or infirmity;
– 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.
– He/ she has been recognized as a master of
his / her craft and admired for his character and
integrity in his / her community.
List of Awardees
Ginaw Bilog is a Hanunoo
Mangyan poet from
Mansalay, Oriental
Mindoro.
He is considered as a master
of the Ambahan poetry.
This wisdom is his key to
the understanding of the
Mangyan soul.
In 1993, he was given the
Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan award.
Ambahan
• Ambahan is a poetic literary form composed
of seven-syllable lines used to convey
messages through metaphors and images.
• The ambahan is sung and its messages
range from courtship, giving advice to the
young, asking for a place to stay, saying
goodbye to a dear friend and so on.
• 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, pre-colonial
script called surat Mangyan.
Masino Intaray was born
near Makagwa Valley. He
was a skilled and
proficient player of the
basal (gong), aroding
(mouth harp), and
babarak (ring flute).
He was also well-versed in
kulilal (songs) and bagit
(vocal music).
In 1993, 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.
He is proficient
in kulintang, agong,
gandingan, palendag,
and tambul.
In 1993, he was given the
“Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan” award.
Lang Dulay is a T'boli artist
from Lake Sebu, South
Cotabato. She is
considered as a traditional
weaver of "t'nalak" or
"tinalak" cloth. Her art is
considered excellent
because of the “fine even
quality of the yarn, the
close interweaving of the
warp and weft, the
traditional forms and
patterns, the chromatic
integrity of the dye, and the
consistency of the finish”
In 1998, she was given the
“Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan” award.
Salinta Monon was a
Tagabawa-Bagobo
weaver from Bansalan,
Davao del Sur. 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, she was given the
“Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan” award.
Alonzo Saclag is a Kalinga
master of dance and the
performing arts from
Lubuagan, Kalinga. He
has also mastered the
dance patterns and
movements associated
with his people’s ritual.
He is the founder of the
Kalinga Budong Dance
Troupe.
In 2000, he was given the
“Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan” award.
Federico Caballero is a Sulod-
Bukidnon epic chanter
from Kalinog, Iloilo. He
ceaselessly work for the
documentation of the oral
literature, particularly the
epics, of his people.
He is considered as a bantugan.
He strives to dispense justice
in the community through his
work as a manughusay – an
arbiter of conflicts.
In 2000, he was given the
“Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan” award.
Uwang Ahadas is
from Lamitan, Basilan.
He is a Yakan, a people to
whom instrumental music
is of much significance,
connected as it is with
both the agricultural cycle
and the social realm.
He is a hands-on-teacher to
those who wants to learn
playing Yakan instruments
including the
kwintangan, kayu,
and tuntungan.
In 2000, he was given the
“Gawad sa Manlilikha ng
Bayan” award.
Darhata Sawabi is a
weaver of pis syabit -
the traditional cloth
tapestry worn as a
head covering by the
Tausug of Jolo, from
Barangay Parang, in
the island of Jolo, Sulu.
In 2005, she was given
the “Gawad sa
Manlilikha ng Bayan”
award.
Eduardo Mutuc is
from Apalit, Pampanga.
He has dedicated his
life to creating religious
and secular art in
silver, bronze and
wood.
In 2005, he was given
the “Gawad sa
Manlilikha ng Bayan”
award.
Haja Amina Appi was
recognized as the
master mat weaver
among the Sama
indigenous
community of Ungos
Matata, Tandubas,
Tawi-Tawi.
In 2005, she was given
the “Gawad sa
Manlilikha ng Bayan”
award.
Teopilo Garcia is a hat
weaver from San
Quintin, Abra. He is
known for tabungaw,
which can last up to
three to four
generations if taken
care of properly.
In 2012, he was given the
“Gawad sa Manlilikha
ng Bayan” award.
Magdalena Gamis a
Filipino master
weaver who makes
“inabel”, an Ilokano
handwoven cloth.
In 2012, she was given
the “Gawad sa
Manlilikha ng Bayan”
award.
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. It is an annual event in
the Philippines celebrated as a highlight
and concluding rite of the Philippine Arts
Festival.
The Ani ng Dangal is given to a natural-born
Filipino artist or group that has reaped top
honors in international events.
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; and
• To assist in their eventual dissemination to
our people, particularly students.
The Philippine National Book Awards, or
simply the National Book Awards, is
a Philippine literary award sponsored by
the NBDB (National Book Development
Board) and the MCC (Manila Critics'
Circle).
The yearly awards have been given since
1982 by the Manila Critics' Circle, starting
in 2008 the administration of the award
changed to the NBDB.
The Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas is
an award given by the Unyon ng mga
Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).
UMPIL is the Writers' Union of the
Philippines (Filipino: Unyon ng mga
Manunulat sa Pilipinas, UMPIL) is an
organization of Filipino writers in the
Philippines.
Established in 1974, the organization was first
known by the English version of its name, the
Writers' Union of the Philippines.
It has the primary goal of promoting Philippine
literature, uniting writers in the Philippines, and
providing seminars, workshops, and symposia.
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?
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