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Philippine National Artists

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  • Carlos Felix Lozada Quirino (1910 - 1999)
    Carlos Lozada Quirino was a prominent historian and writer. He is a National Artist for Historical Literature. More here: .
  • Leonor Orosa-Goquinco (1917 - 2005)
    Leonor Orosa-Goquingco was a Filipino national artist in creative dance. More here: .
  • Rolando Santos Tinio (1937 - 1997)
    Rolando Santos Tinio was a Filipino poet, dramatist, director, actor, critic, essayist and educator, posthumously awarded a National Artist for Theatre and Literature.
  • Napoleon Veloso Abueva
    Napoleón Isabelo Veloso Abueva is a Philippine National Artist and is acknowledged as the "Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture". He alse served as the Dean of the University of the Philippines...
  • Juan Felipe de Jesus Nakpil (1899 - 1986)
    Juan F. de Jesus Nakpil was named the National Artist for Architecture in 1973. More here: .

A National Artist of the Philippines is a title given to a Filipino who has been given the highest recognition for having made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts. Such Filipinos are announced, by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation, as National Artist or in Filipino, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining. They are then conferred membership in the Order of National Artists, the regalia of which is an ornate, gilden collar of honor. In addition to the collar, each newly proclaimed member of the Order is given a citation that is presented during the awardees' conferment ceremonies. The Cultural Center of the Philippines then hosts a Memorabilia Exhibit and Gabi ng Parangal (A Night of Tributes) for the National Artists at the Tanghalang Pambansa. More here:

** Controversy marred the recognition of the following individuals as they were unilaterally awarded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (in the exercise of "presidential prerogative") despite the rejection of the screening committee and the artistic community.

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  • Avellana, Lamberto Vera (1976)
  • Berna, Ishmael (2001)
  • Brocka, Lino (1997)
  • Caparas, Carlo (2009) **
  • Conde, Manuel (2009)
  • de León, Gerardo (1982)
  • Poe, Ronald Allan K. (2006)
  • Romero, Eddie S. (2003)*


Fashion Design


  • Arcellana, Francisco (1990)
  • Almario, Virgilio S. (2003)
  • Celerio, Levi (1997)
  • Francisco, Lazaro (2009)
  • Gonzalez, Nestor Vicente Madali (1990)
  • Hernandez, Amado V. (1973)
  • Joaquin, Nick (1976)
  • Jose, F. Sionil (2001)
  • Lumbera, Bienvenido (2006)
  • Roces, Alejandro Reyes (2003)
  • Romulo, Carlos P. (1982)
  • Tiempo, Edith L. (1999)
  • Tinio, Rolando Santos (1997)
  • Villa, Jose Garcia (1973)

Literature: Historical


  • Buenaventura, Antonio R. (1988)
  • Celerio, Levi (1997)
  • Cuenco, Ernani Joson (1999)
  • Fuentes, Jovita (1976)
  • Kasilag, Lucresia R. (1989)
  • de Leon, Felipe Padilla (1997)
  • Maceda, Jose (1997)
  • Molina, Antonio J. (1973)
  • de la Rama, Honorata (1987)
  • San Pedro, Lucio D. (1991)
  • Veneracion, Andrea O. (1999)


Visual Arts

  • Abueva, Napoleon Isabelo Veloso (1976) - Sculpture
  • Alcuaz, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (2009) - Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media
  • Amorsolo, Fernando C. (1972) - Painting
  • Cabrera, Benedicto R. (2006) - Painting
  • Caparas, Carlo J. (2009) - Graphic Novels **
  • Eduardo Castrillo - Sculpture
  • Edades, Victorio C. (1976) - Painting
  • Francisco, Carlos V. (1973) - Painting and Murals
  • Imao, Abdulmari Asia (2006) - Sculpture
  • Joya, Jose T. (2003) - Painting
  • Kiukok, Ang (2001) - Painting
  • Legaspi, Cesar (1990) - Painting
  • Luz, Arturo R. (1997) - Painting
  • Manansala, Vicente S. (1981) - Painting
  • Navarro, Jeremias Elizalde (1999) - Painting
  • Ocampo, Hernando R. (1991) - Painting
  • Tolentino, Guillermo (1973) -- Sculpture

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