PGMA names seven new National Artists

July 29, 2009 9:32 am 

MANILA, July 29 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed the proclamation honoring seven individuals who have made substantial contributions to the development of Philippine art.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the Order of National Artists (formerly known as the National Artists Award) is the highest national recognition given to Filipino artists.

Ermita made the announcement minutes before the President and her lean delegation boarded a commercial Philippine Air Lines flight bound for the United States for her historic meeting with American President Barack Obama.

The new national artists are:

Manuel P. Urbano alias Manuel Conde for his great contribution in the field of film and broadcast arts (posthumous); Lazaro A. Franscisco for literature (posthumous); Federico Aguilar Alcuaz for visual arts, paintings sculpture and mixed media; Cecilia Guidote-Alvarez for theater; Magno Jose Carlo Caparas for visual arts and films; Francisco Bobby Manosa for architecture; and Jose Pitoy Moreno for fashion design.

The award is given to Filipino artists, living or dead, with Filipino citizenship, who through the content and form of their works, contributed in building a Filipino sense of nationhood, pioneered in a style of creative expression which had a profound impact on succeeding generations of artists; built a substantial body of works with a consistency and excellence and who enjoy broad acceptance, critical acclaim and respect and esteem of their peers. (PNA) scs/OPS/ssc

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