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Here Are the Shortlisted Names For the 2018 Philippine National Artist Award

The Philippines has currently recognized 66 National Artists.
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President Rodrigo Duterte is reportedly set to proclaim the latest batch of National Artists on Wednesday, October 24.

Created by Proclamation No. 1001 dated April 27, 1972, the Order of National Artist Award gives honors to “Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters.” It is the highest national recognition given to Filipino artists across art forms including dance, music, theater, visual arts, literature, film and broadcast arts, design, and architecture and allied arts.

Though the official list hasn’t been released yet, the shortlist has been circulating online, as reported by PEP.ph. See the full shortlist for the Order of National Artist Award below:

Kidlat Tahimik (Film)
Ryan Cayabyab (Music)
Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio (Theater)
Francisco Mañosa (Architecture)
Ramon Muzones (Literature)
Resil Mojares (Literature)
Larry Alcala (Visual Arts)


Some of the nominees: Kidlat Tahimik, Francisco Manosa, and Ryan Cayabyab

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) announced a call for nominations in June 2017. Currently, the Philippines has 66 National Artists—the first of which was painter Fernando Amorsolo.

In 2016, former president Benigno Aquino III conferred the awards on the artists proclaimed in 2009 and 2014: Manuel Conde (Film and Broadcast Arts), Lazaro Francisco (Literature), Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (Visual Arts), Alicia Garcia Reyes (Dance), Cirilo F. Bautista (Literature), Francisco Coching (Visual Arts), Francisco Feliciano (Music), Dr. Ramon P. Santos (Music), and Jose Maria Zaragoza (Architecture, Design and Allied Arts).

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