CELEBRITY WORLD PH
By Crispina M. Belen
A very impressive list of nominees for National Artists!
It is indeed very impressive, the list of nominees to the National Artists Award which I was able to gather around! Reading the list, I was in awe as in my mind, everyone of them are deserving of the awards for which they were nominated for.
Since the The Order of National Artists, jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), issued the call for nominations, various organizations sent in their respective nominees in the various categories. The whole country, of course, is anticipating with great enthusiasm the eventual list of winners, considering the fact that it is being done in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was indeed very challenging, according to some organizations we talked to, just preparing the nomination requirements, considering the health and safety protocols imposed by the government during this world-wide pandemic. But they knew that the awards will be worth all the efforts they have to exert.
Leading the race for the National Artists trophies include Eddie Garcia, Ramon Revilla, Vilma Santos, Ligaya Amilbangsa, Raul Sunico, Shirley Halili-Cruz, Nicanor Tiongson, Pitoy Moreno, Isagani Cruz, Nemensio Miranda, Nonoy Marcelo and Joey Ayala..
Eddie Garcia was a multi-awarded actor, film director and producer who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows. Ramon Revilla was likewise an established and awarded actor and producer who also became a noted politician. Vilma Santos, dubbed “Star for All Seasons,” was a veteran star of hundreds of movies, was multi-awarded too, and also went into public service and is currently a congresswoman. Pitoy Moreno, on the other hand, was a popular fashion designer who was dubbed the “Fashion Czar of Asia.” Since they are deceased, Garcia, Revilla and Moreno are Posthumous Awards nominees.
The coveted National Artists Awards, to be conferred by the President of the Philippines, are given to Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts: Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts, Architecture and Allied Arts.
Raul Sunico, Nemensio Miranda and Nicanor Tiongson have outstanding contributions to the development of Philippine Arts. Sunico, an award-winning pianist and former CCP President, was also former dean of UST Conservatory of Music. Miranda is a famous painter and sculptor from Angono, Rizal. Tiongson is a top art critic, creative writer and academician.
Shirley Halili-Cruz, Isagani Cruz and Ligaya Amilbangsa are recognized as outstanding Filipino awardees in culture and the arts. Halili-Cruz, a multi-awarded and world-class dance director and educator, is the founder and artistic director of numerous national and international projects that keep dance always dynamic. She is a TOFIL (The Outstanding Filipino) awardee In Arts and Culture. Isagani Cruz, also a TOFIL awardee, is a writer and art critic who loves narrative to the hilt and has produced plays, biographies and short stories, most of them prize-winning.
Ligaya Amilbangsa is a Filipino dancer, known for her studies and promotion of the Pangalay Dance tradition of the Southern Philippines, and also a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Nonoy Marcelo, who died in 2002, was nominated as National Artist for Visual Arts. He was a cartoonist for various newspapers and tabloids before and after Martial Law. He was one of CCP’s Centennial Artists awardees In 1998. Joey Ayala, on the other hand, was a guitarist who wrote alternative songs that made him a name to reckon with in the field of music in the 1990s.
From these distinguished personalities will come the new set of National Artists!