Filipiniana Book of the Week: The National Artists of the Philippines

February is National Arts Month.  As January is coming to a close, the display of our Filipiniana Book of the Week kicks the occasion off.

The National Artists of the Philippines, volume 1
The National Artists of the Philippines, volume 2

Anvil compiled two volumes of faces that has given our country a name in Arts and Culture.  Volume 1 includes names of Philippines’ most brilliant treasures in the biographies of Napoleon Abueva (Sculpture 1976), Fernando Amorsolo (Painting 1972), Pablo Antonio (Architecture 1976), Francisca Reyes Aquino (Dance 1973), Francisco Arcellana (Literature 1990), and Levi Celerio (Literature and Music 1997).  On the other hand, the second volume includes artists from 1999-2003 such as Virgilio S. Almario (Literature 2003), Ang Kiukok (Visual Arts 2001), Ishmael Bernal (Film 2001), Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana (Theater Arts 1999), Jose T. Joya (Visual Arts 2003), and F. Sionil Jose (Literature 2001).

The title National Artist of the Philippines or Pambansang Alagad ng Sining ng Pilipinas is given to individuals who have made significant contribution in the development of our arts and culture.  Declaration of this title is awarded to individuals by virtue of  the Presidential Proclamation no. 1001 (1972).

To know more about the awardees, these books are available at the HS Filipiniana section with call numbers, F 709.2 C89n 1998 and F 709.2 C89n 2003, respectively.

Sources:
National Artist of the Philippines – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (2012, January 12). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved January 29, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Artist_of_the_Philippines
Images retrieved from http://www.anvilpublishing.com/

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