How to become a National Artist of the Philippines

Jun 22, 2012 by

  The recent news about Dolphy Quizon’s ailing health triggers the call of some

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groups for this comedy king’s lifetime achievement in film by giving him the National Artist of the Philippines award — an award so ultimate it cannot be mocked even with social networks’ mob-mentality. While I partly agree that Dolphy has contributed greatly to our film industry’s progress (making a bazillion films in his career), the call for a National Artist award should not be asked as if it can be given overnight. To enlighten some of my very young readers who probably have very little or no idea about how a National Artist Award is granted, here are the guidelines (coming from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts website):

The Order of National Artists (Orden ng Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining) is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film and Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts. The order is jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and conferred by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation by both institutions.

The Order of National Artists is one of the Honors of the Philippines that embodies the nation’s highest ideals in humanism and aesthetic expression through the distinct achievements of individual citizens. While the Republic bestows due recognition to these singular achievements, it in turn honors its own cultural heritage, whose enrichment these achievements have significantly effected, enhanced, and given direction.

These achievements are measured in terms of their vision, unusual insight, creativity and imagination, technical proficiency of the highest order in expressing Filipino culture and traditions, history, way of life, and aspirations.

Heavy mental, yes? Yes. And that is why we have the following people of greatness having awarded of this distinction: Music Levi Celerio Ernani Joson Cuenco Felipe Padilla De Leon Jovita Fuentes Lucrecia Kasilag Jose Maceda Antonio J. Molina Lucio D. San Pedro Andrea O. Veneracion Honorata “Atang” de la Rama Antonio R. Buenaventura   Dance Francisca Reyes Aquino Leonor Orosa-Goquingco Ramon Obusan Lucrecia Reyes Urtula   Theater and Film Daisy Avellana Honorata “Atang” de la Rama Rolando S. Tinio Salvador F. Bernal Lamberto V. Avellana Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Severino Montano Lino Brocka Fernando Poe Jr.   Visual Arts Napoleon Abueva (Sculpture) Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media) Fernando C. Amorsolo (Painting) Benedicto Cabrera (Painting) Amado Almoro Cruz (Sculpture) Victorio C. Edades (Painting) Carlos V. Francisco (Painting) Abdulmari Asia Imao (Sculpture) Jose T. Joya (Painting) Ang Kiukok (Painting) Cesar Legaspi (Painting) Arturo R. Luz (Painting) Vicente S. Manansala (Painting) J. Elizalde Navarro (Painting) Hernando R. Ocampo (Painting) Guillermo Tolentino (Sculpture)   Literature Francisco Arcellana Virgilio S. Almario Lazaro Francisco N. V. M. Gonzalez Amado V. Hernandez Nick Joaquin F. Sionil Jose Bienvenido Lumbera Alejandro R. Roces Carlos P. Romulo Edith L. Tiempo Rolando S. Tinio Jose Garcia Villa   Cinema Lino Brocka Ishmael Bernal Gerardo de León Fernando Poe, Jr. Eddie S. Romero Manuel Conde   Architecture Pablo Antonio Juan Nakpil Leandro Locsin Ildefonso Santos (I.P. Santos) Francisco Mañosa   Fashion Design (Categorized under “Allied Arts”) Ramon Valera   Historical Literature (New category created by President Fidel V. Ramos) Carlos Quirino   Mural/Muralist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco

Some of our living National Artists Ben Cab, Virgilio Almario and Salvador Bernal wearing their National Artists Seals.

  To know more about our National Artists and what exactly they have done to deserve such title, do read up on them via the NCCA website here. Whether or not Dolphy gets a National Artist Award, he definitely will be remembered for a looooong time as a great comedian who made us happy for generations.  

2 Comments

  1. Bakit wala si CJ Caparas sa list mo? hehehe

    • admin

      I’m also looking for him but in a news I read, I think the protest went up to the supreme court and a temporary restraining order was issued. Or something. Let me investigate some more. LOL

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