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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• 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. the Senate of the Philippines adopted Senate Resolution No. • In 2014. (SRN) 765 aimed at recognizing the accomplishments of the country’s living treasures. .

an ancient Filipino script used in the Philippines in the 16th century.• 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.

Criteria 1. maritime transport. Should be a Filipino citizen or group of citizens belonging to an indigenous / traditional cultural community anywhere in the Philippines. pottery and other artistic expressions of traditional culture. performing arts. distinctive. 4. engaged in Filipino traditional art in the following categories: folk architecture. . weaving. 3. and superior quality. ornament. literature. Should have been engaged in the tradition and craft for a significant period of time with at least 50 years of existence and documentation. 2. Should have produced and performed of artistic. 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. carving. textile or fiber art.

5. – 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. – He/ she has been recognized as a master of his / her craft and admired for his character and integrity in his / her community. In case when a Manlilikha ng Bayan candidate is incapable of teaching further his/ her craft and skill due to age or infirmity. 6. .

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

. asking for a place to stay. pre-colonial script called surat Mangyan. • The ambahan is sung and its messages range from courtship. saying goodbye to a dear friend and so on. Ambahan • Ambahan is a poetic literary form composed of seven-syllable lines used to convey messages through metaphors and images. 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.

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

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

South Cotabato.Lang Dulay is a T'boli artist from Lake Sebu. 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 traditional forms and patterns. the close interweaving of the warp and weft. the chromatic integrity of the dye. she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. and the consistency of the finish” In 1998.

Salinta Monon was a Tagabawa-Bagobo weaver from Bansalan. . Davao del Sur. In 1998. 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. she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award.

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

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

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

Sulu. in the island of Jolo. she was given the “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” award. . In 2005.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.

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

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

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

It is an annual event in the Philippines celebrated as a highlight and concluding rite of the Philippine Arts Festival. 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.

particularly students. • By being a treasury of the Philippine’s literary gems from our gifted writers. 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. .

is a Philippine literary award sponsored by the NBDB (National Book Development Board) and the MCC (Manila Critics' Circle). or simply the National Book Awards.The Philippine 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. .

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