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Philippine National Artists

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  • F. Sionil Jose (1924 - 2022)
    Francisco Sionil Jose, popularly known as F. Sionil Jose, is a Filipino writer and a National Artist of the Philippines for Literature. More here:
  • Lazaro Angeles Francisco (1898 - 1980)
    Lazaro Angeles Francisco is a National Artist of the Philippines for Literature.
  • Andrea Ofilada Veneracion (1928 - 2013)
    Andrea, founder of the Madrigal Singers, was named National Artist for Music in 1997. 1) ) Andrea Ofilada Veneracion, also known as Ma'am OA, is a Philippine National Artist for Music and the foundress...
  • "Fernando Amorsolo." National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2015. Date accessed: 8 Jan 2019.
    Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (1892 - 1972)
    Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (May 30, 1892 – April 24, 1972) is one of the most important artists in the history of painting in the Philippines. Amorsolo was a portraitist and painter of rural Philippine la...
  • N. V. M. Gonzalez (1915 - 1999)
    Néstor Vicente Madali González was a Filipino novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet and is a Filipino National Artist for Literature.Resources* "N. V. M. Gonzalez." Wikipedia, 2018. . Date ac...

Order of the National Artists of the Philippines is an honor bestowed by the Philippines on Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine art. Members of the Order are known as National Artists. 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:

Image: The first member inducted into the Order of the National Artists of the Philippines was Filipino painter Fernando Amorsolo in 1972.

** 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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  • 1973 Juan Nakpil
  • 1976 Pablo Antonio
  • 1990 Leandro Locsin
  • 2006 Ildefonso Paez Santos
  • 2009 Francisco Mañosa **
  • 2014 José María Zaragoza
  • 2018 Francisco Mañosa



  • 1973 Francisca Reyes Aquino
  • 1976 Leonor Orosa-Goquinco
  • 1988 Lucrecia Reyes Urtula
  • 2006 Ramon Obusan
  • 2014 Alice Reyes

Fashion Design



  • 1973 Antonio J. Molina
  • 1976 Jovita Fuentes
  • 1987 Honorata de la Rama
  • 1988 Antonio R. Buenaventura
  • 1989 Lucresia R. Kasilag
  • 1991 Lucio D. San Pedro
  • 1997 Levi Celerio
  • 1997 Felipe Padilla de Leon
  • 1997 Jose Maceda
  • 1999 Ernani Joson Cuenco
  • 1999 Andrea O. Veneracion
  • 2014 Francisco Feliciano
  • 2014 Ramón Santos
  • 2018 Ryan Cayabyab


Visual Arts

  • 1972 Fernando Cueto Amorsolo - painting
  • 1973 Carlos V. Francisco - painting and murals
  • 1973 Guillermo Tolentino - sculpture
  • 1976 Napoleon Veloso Abueva - sculpture
  • 1976 Victorio C. Edades - painting
  • 1981 Vicente S. Manansala - painting
  • 1990 Cesar Legaspi - painting
  • 1991 Hernando R. Ocampo - painting
  • 1997 Arturo R. Luz - painting
  • 1999 Jeremias Elizalde Navarro - painting
  • 2001 Ang Kiukok - painting
  • 2003 Jose T. Joya - painting
  • 2006 Benedicto R. Cabrera - painting
  • 2006 Abdulmari Asia Imao - sculpture
  • 2009 Federico Aguilar Alcuaz - painting, sculpture and mixed media
  • 2009 Carlo J. Caparas - graphic novels **
  • 2014 Francisco Coching
  • 2018 Larry Alcala - cartoonist

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