Gender and Development

The Cultural Center of the Philippines supports the Gender and Development approach or paradigm of development being advocated by the Philippine Government. 

GAD is an approach to or paradigm of development focusing on social, economic, political and cultural forces that determines how differently women and men participate in, benefit from, and control resources and activities. It shifts the focus from women as a group to the socially determined relations between women and men. The GAD approach emerged in the 1980s to replace the Women in Development focus. GAD is concerned with women as well as with the social construction of gender and the assignment of specific roles, responsibilities and expectations to women and men. It analyzes the nature of women’s contribution within the context of work done both inside and outside the household and reflects the public/private dichotomy that undervalues the work done by women in the home.

As a GAD advocate, the CCP has formed a GAD Focal Point, composed of CCP personnel tasked with facilitating and monitoring the implementation of gender mainstreaming. The Philippine Government has asked all government agencies to form their own GAD Focal Points.

Women National Artist Award

Francisca Reyes Aquino
National Artist for Dance in 1973

Born on March 9, 1899. At a time when Filipino culture was almost totally submerged, she went back to the people and brought to the light of a day the forgotten songs and dances of the folk. Mrs. Aquino devoted four-and-a half decades of her life the passionate search for the lost fragments of Philippine culture. She collected a great body of work that today emerges  as a significant index to the character of the race. Today, the Filipino folk dance reaches all corners of the earth it was evoked both wonder and admiration.  

Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana
National Artist in Theater 1999, Gawad CCP Para Sining (Dulaan) 1990, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999

Born on January 6, 1917. She is an actor, director, and writer. She elevated legitimate theater and dramatic arts in the Philippines to a new level of excellence by staging and performing in breakthrough productions of classic Filipino and foreign play, as well as encouraging the establishment of performing groups and the professionalization of Philippine Theater.  She raised the standards of Philippine theater that led to the blooming of dramatic art, and yielded a rich synthesis of classical, western and Filipino theater, contributions worthy of permanence.

Honorata “Atang” De La Rama
National Artist in Music and Theater 1987

Born on January 11, 1902. She was named National Artist for her sincere devotion to original Filipino and theater music, her outstanding artistry as singer and as a sarswela actor-playwright-producer, her tireless efforts to bring her art to all regions and sectors to Filipino society and to the world. The works and achievements of Atang De La Rama in Theater and Music are reflective of this preeminent excellence, and of that national genius that contributes to the artistic heritage of the Philippines and the world.

Jovita Fuentes
National Artist in Music 1976
Born on February 15, 1895. She was a prima donna, teacher and civic leader, has the distinction as the first Filipino to project the Philippines to the world through her widely-acclaimed operatic performances abroad. In her prime, she was known as the divine Filipina Diva, accorded a worldwide accolade because of her performances. She founded the Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines, under whose auspices has produced a great number of Filipino operatic and symphonic works.

Leonor Orosa Goquingco
National Artist in Dance 1976
Born on July 24, 1917. She has won national and individual acclaim for her brilliant pioneering efforts in the difficult art of choreography. A questing creative spirit, she transmuted national ethnic forms into the contemporary mold of the interpretative dance. She confronted the endless challenge of elevating Philippine dance to high creative art, lifting it to its peak of national artistic development. Her works are indisputable classics of the genre. In these creations, she distilled the Filipino soul, dramatized the lives of her people in the challenging language of movement which infinitely enriched the national culture wielding a tremendous influence on interpretative Philippine dance development, blazing a trail for others to follow.

Lucrecia R. Kasilag
National Artist in Music 1989
Born on August 31, 1918.  Composer, educator, researcher, writer, lecturer, performer and cultural administrator, has devoted all her professional life to the development of Filipino music and the growth of the Filipino Musician.   She has written over 250 compositions : folk song arrangements, art songs, solo instrumental pieces , chamber and orchestral works. She received numerous awards such as the Presidential Award of Merit as Woman Composer in 1956,   Presidential Award of Merit and Gold Medal for Leadership and Outstanding contribution to music and the arts in 1960, Republic Cultural Heritage Award in Music for her Tocatta for percussion and winds, Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award in Music in 1954 and 1973, the Outstanding Filipino Award for the Arts by the Philippine Jaycee Senate International  in 1991; as well as a host of special awards from schools and organizations.

Edith L. Tiempo
National Artist  in Literature in 1999
Born on April 22, 1919. She spent his childhood in various provinces where her father was assigned as Auditor. She took pre-law studies at the University of the Philippines where she  met his husband fictionist Edilberto  K. Tiempo. She was a poet, fictionist, teacher and literary critic is one of the finest Filipino writers in English whose works are characterized by a remarkable fusion of style and substance, of craftsmanship and insight as poet, she intertwines the intellect with the emotion, the statement with the image to underscore the organic nature of poetry and its basis on some basic human impulses. As fictionist she is morally profound. Her language has been marked as descriptive but unburdened by scrupulous detailing. Together with her husband, She founded and directed the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City. For 38 years, this workshop has trained and produced some of the country’s best writers. A recipient of the 1988 Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas given by the UMPIL, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for her poetry in 1967, the Phil. Free Press in 1955 and 1959. Named as 1992-93 National Fellow for Poetry by the U.P. Creative Writing Center. She received the Elizabethan Luce Moore Distinguished Asian Professor Award  and was listed in the Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World in 1988.

Lucrecia Reyes Urtula
National Artist in Dance 1988
Born on June 29, 1929. A choreographer, dance educator and researcher, has spent almost four decades in the discovery and study of Philippine folk and ethnic dances. She applied her findings  to project a new example of an ethnic dance culture which goes beyond  simple preservation into creative growth. Among the widely acclaimed dances she has staged are the following: Singkil, Vinta, Tagabili, Pagdiwata, Salidsid, Idaw, Banga and Aires de Verbena. Urtula has awakened a new pride among Filipinos in their cultural heritage. She has preserved and added a new dimension to the country’s dance tradition, building for the country a rich reserve of international goodwill.

Andrea O. Veneracion
National Artist in Music 1999, Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Musika) 1990, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on July 11, 1928.  Exemplary Choirmaster and vocal pedagogue, is the founder and moving spirit behind the internationally renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. Since 1963 she has carefully guided and nurtured the group into a world-acclaimed ensemble that is today. Through the years, she has defined the enviable standard of choral excellence the group has consistently adhered to. She has honed them into the distinction of being the only Asian choir to earn all the major prizes in the world’s toughest choral competitions. She has been in the forefront of the development of choral music in the Philippines, Through her encouragement, choral arrangement of Philippine folksongs, kundimans and contemporary songs have been actively undertaken. This wealth of the country’s musical heritage forms part of the Madrigal Singers repertoire, and has found an enraptured audience all over the world. She has been instrumental in the group premiering of new choral works by the country’s leading composers, inspiring many of her members to organize and direct choirs in their own churches and communities.  Professor Veneracion’s  expertise is acknowledhed by the International Federation for Choral Music, and has served as jury in international choral competitions. She is recognized as one of the country’s foremost authorities in choral music and performance. She was an awardee of the Gawad CCP para sa Sining in 1990, the Ten Outstanding Filipino ( TOFIL) Award for excellence in Music in 1997 and the CCP Centennial Honors for the Arts in 1999.

Women Gawad CCP Awardees

Rosario A. Picazo
Gawad CCP Para Sining (Musika) 1983
Pianist and teachers. A well-educated music artist, she was educated in the best local schools such as the University of the Philippines (UP) for her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master of Music (Piano) from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and likewise undertook post-graduate studies in music in New York where she attended master classes with several famous concert pianists and pedagogues. In 1955, she performed in concerts in Salzburg, Bad Gasten, Austria where critics hailed her as a Filipino Virtuoso, thus pioneering  in bringing early international recognition to the Philippines.

Conchita Gaston Holmes
Gawad CCP Para Sining (Musika) 1984
Born on December 14, 1921. Singer. She had performed significant roles in a number of international performances such as in the first televised English version of Madame Butterfly for NBC and also appeared as Zuzuki in Madame Butterfly at the Salt Lake City Festival in the Utah, U.S.A. She sang Bizet’s Carmen in the original French in the New York City Center and in Flemish at the royal Flemish Opera House in Belgium. And most importantly she was the first Filipino opera singer to perform in Bulgaria at the State House of Sofia.

Alice Reyes
Gawad CCP Para Sining (Sayaw) 1989, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on October 14, 1942.  Dancer, choreographer and administrator she has played a major role in the remarkable development of ballet in the Philippines. She has been instrumental in creating an audience for dance and guiding the Filipino mentality towards placing ballet as parallel to the other arts and making dance a popular artistic form for people in all levels of society. Partly through her efforts, dance is now becoming one among the country’s respected careers and distinguished professions. She has served as the artistic director of the Ballet Philippines for the past 14 years, as artistic director she guided the company to evolve into one of professional dance companies in the world proficient in both classical and modern dances.

Paz Cielo Angeles Belmonte
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sayaw) 1990, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on January 24, 1916. Was a principal dancer of the UP Filipiniana Folksong and Dance Troupe of Francisca   Reyes- Aquino, pioneer in Philippine folkdance research. From that time on, she has promoted interest in and appreciation of Philippine culture and folkways through dance among her physical education students in various institutions. As founder, director and choreographer of the Philippine Barangay Folk Dance Troupe of the the Phillippine Normal College, she inspired the formation of other campus-base dance troupes that looked up to the  Barangay Folk Dance Troupe as model.

Purita Kalaw Ledesma
Gawad CCP Para Sining (Tanging Parangal) 1991, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on February 2, 1914. Cultural administrator, co-founder and long time president of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). She took up Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines and later moved in the same circle as National Artists Carlos Francisco ad Vicente Manansala. Seeing how artists were not all taken seriously in the 1930’s , she dedicated herself to the cause of elevating them in the eyes of their countrymen. With the AAP as her vanguard group, she became the moving and guiding spirit in the collective effort to develop, recognize, and appreciate art in the country. Through the group’s annual exhibitions, competitions and seminars and lectures, she brought art closer to the people and instilled a greater sense of awareness and appreciation of Philippine culture. She helped many young artist to break into the art scene and established ones to gain a foothold in the international art world.

Maniya Barredo
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sayaw) 1992
Born on November 19, 1951. The country’s first prima ballerina, is living proof that the Filipino artist ranks among the world’s finest. Barredo spent her formative years training in the Philippines. After winning international scholarships in dance, she honed her technique and artistry abroad until she became principal dancer of Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens and subsequently prima ballerina at the Atlanta Ballet. Barredo’s performances was always critically acclaimed whether here or abroad. For her excellence, she has won prestigious citations and awards both national and international. She has constantly and generously shared her expertise and artistry with the Filipino people through her regular homecoming concerts.

Damiana Eugenio
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Pananaliksik Pangkultura) 1992, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on September 27, 1921. One of the pioneers in the study of Philippine folk literature, is fondly acknowledged as the Mother of Philippine Folklore. In the 1970’s she started studying Philippine folklore in earnest even when its study was treated with condescension in academe. She published several books which gave her the highest accolades from different award-giving bodies. She has motivated and mentored many students and fellow researchers in Philippine folklore. For her achievements in the research, analysis, compilation, and popularization of Philippine folk literature, which have increased our understanding of our own literary history and cultural identity.

Elena Gardoce
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Katutubong Musika at Panitikan) 1992
Born on the year 1900. She is the only remaining chanter of the Hinilawod, a Visayan epic performed orally during weddings, harvests, feasts, wakes, and other special community occasions . Lola Elena performs the epic herself, singing and chanting, while maneuvering the tambor, a drum, the agong; the tulugan, the namboo tubes; and doing the basal, striking the earth with two sticks. Only the binukot, lierally a “ caged one”, a most privileged position among well-to-do families of the tribes can perform this ritual. To ensure the life of the epic, Lola Elena has made every effort to transfer her expertise and knowledge to the younger generations, who are willing to learn from her even if they are no longer binukot.

Genoveva Edroza Matute
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Panitikan) 1992
Born on January 3, 1915. Educator and writer, has enriched and elevated the standards of Tagalog literature and enhanced the wide use of Filipino in schools in all levels throughout the country. She pioneered in the Tagalog  modern short story characterized by psychological depth, intuition and restraint. She has been writing short stories, essays and feature articles since 1936 and the author of many published books.  Her unwavering commitment to nationalism in education is the foundation of her 46 yrs. of service in Philippine public schools.  The numerous awards she has received from prestigious academic and literary bodies attest to her outstanding achievements in Philippine literature and education.

Dalisay J. Aldaba
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Musika) 1993
September 9, 1912. Is an internationally renowned soprano and opera singer, acclaimed by local and international  critics for her brilliant interpretative performance and mastery of song technique. Her singing career spans 50 yrs., during which she performed in the capitals of Europe, America and East Asia.   Her sensitive interpretation of the title role of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly earned for her the accolade “ La Aldaba, Filipino Butterfly. She shared her great talent with her countrymen through scores of local performances, but most especially through her teaching. She taught voice and the Italian language in opera workshops, and served as artistic director for various productions.  She founded the Opera Company of the Philippines in 1969. Under her artistic direction, the Company has mounted excellent productions of the most loved works in the world of opera.

Liwayway A. Arceo
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Panitikan) 1993
Born on January 30, 1924. In more than 50 years of sustained quality writing, has produced fifty novels, about a thousand short stories, hundreds , hundreds of radio plays, a great number of essays, and a stream of spiritual and religious writings. Arceo’s most significant works have been considered by critics as touchstones for Philippine writing in Tagalog. Filipino values, domestic situations, women concerns, human passions and aspirations all find expression in the works of Arceo. Her writing have won several awards. They have also been translated into English, Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Gardeopatra G. Quijano
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Panitikang Rehiyunal) 1993
Born on the year 1918. Novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist. Literary critic, translator , and columnist-is recognized as the first and foremost Cebuana feminist fictionist writing in Cebuano. With numerous works in various genres published over a span of several decades, she is an enduring pillar of Philippine literature. Quijano was also a teacher of writing. As president of the Misamis Oriental chapter of LUDABI from the late 1960’s up to the late 1970’s, she conducted the first literary workshops in that part of the country, giving lectures on fiction and non-fiction writing. Over the years she has been hailed as a feminist writer whose political beliefs and creative works inspired other women writers to follow the path she had blazed.

Mary Walter
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Pelikula) 1993
Born on 10 September 1912. Movie, stage and television actor. She was discovered by producer-director Jose Nepomuceno and casted her in the film Sampaguita (1927) a silent film. She appeared in several silent films such as Ang Gayuma (The Charm), 1932; Nanay Ko (My Mother) 1929; Maria Luisa, 1930; Prinsipe Teñoso (Prince Teñoso) 1930; Moro Pirates, 1931; Ang Lihim ni Bathala (God’s Secret) 1931; and Dalaga (Young Lady) 1931; Ang Lihim ni Bathala (God’s Secret) 1931. When talking pictures came to the Philippines, she appeared in some of the earliest talkies of Filippine Films: Hinagpis ng Magulang (A Parent’s Woes) 1934; Ang Gulong Buhay (Wheel of Life) 1935; Sumpa ng Aswang (Curse of the Vampire) 1935; Ang Buhok ni Ester (Ester’s Tresses) 1936; and Birheng Walang Dambana (Virgin Without A Shrine) 1937.

Or stage, she played the mother of a missing activist in Desaparecido (The Disappeared), 1987, and again as a mother role in La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba) a Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) production.

Gilda Cordero Fernando
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Publikasyon at Panitikan) 1994, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on June 4, 1930. Writer, publisher, and editor, has given added dignity  and recognition to Philippine cultural forms by publishing Filipiniana books distinguished for painstaking research, insight, and artistry. She conceptualizes, does research work in the field and in the libraries, edits, as well as manages the production of every book she publishes; in this sense , she has emphasized an important dimension to the concept and business of publishing and editing— integrity. She is also a critically – acclaimed creative writer. Some of her stories have won major prizes in the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Free Press. She has also written  in magazines and books for children.

Natividad Crame Rogers
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Dulaan) 1994, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on December 23, 1922. Actor, community theater artist, and educator is best remembered for her role as Leonor Rivera in the Arena Theater’s signature play The Love of Leonor Rivera, produced in 1953 under the direction of Severino Montano. She nurtured a passion for theater even before she finished her Masters Degree in Speech and Drama at Stanford University. She also did extensive research on Classical Asian Theater. She formed the Philippine Drama Company in 1983 and launched an alternative theater movement called Ang Aming Tahanan Sala Theater right in her own living room. Her interest in community theater drove her to conduct a case study of the sinakulo in Pasig where, since 1974, she has been serving as consultant to the Samahang Sinakulista Santa Teresa de Avila in Barrio Pineda.

Cecile Buencamino Licad 
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Musika) 1994
Born on May 11, 1961. Internationally renowned pianist, has been acclaimed whenever and wherever she performs. She began as a child prodigy under the tutelage of Rosario Picazo, entering the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia when she was 11. Her mentors were renowned teachers from their field of expertise. In 1980, at the age of 20, she won the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal, the first and, as yet the only winner since 1971. She has since gone on to carve her niche in the highly competitive world of classical music performance, playing 60 to 80 concerts yearly, often with noted international conductors.

Anita Linda
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Pelikula) 1994
Born on November 23, 1924. Film actor, is best known for her unforgettable portrayals of strong-willed women of destiny. Her two most memorable roles were both crafted by master helmsman National artist for Film, Gerardo De Leon, under the aegis of Premiere Productions: Sisa, 1951, and Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo, 1952.

Rosalia Merino Santos
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sayaw) 1994
Born on November 7, 1923. Dancer, Choreographer, and teacher is one of the pioneers in the development and promotion of modern dance in the country.  Her overall training from folk to ballet and to modern dance gave her the competence to mould her students, who in turn, have served to reap honors for the country through the years in the field of dance, and to instill the educational value of dance.

Teresita Veloso Pil
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sayaw na Pangrehiyon) 1994
Born on October 10, 1928. Choreographer, artistic director, folklorist and writer, has dedicated the greater part of her life to the development and upliftment of artistic standards in dance in her region of eastern Visayas. Pil’s efforts in dance research constitute the choreographic base for her works for the company; these include the dances of the Ifugaos, the Aetas of Zambales and Pampanga, and the mountain tribes in Mindanao.

Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio 
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Dulaan) 1997, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on April 4, 1930. Prize-winning painter, book designer, author and theater director. She is unrivaled in her achievements  in the field of children’s theater and literature. Knows as the “Philippine Aesop”,  “ Asia’s Professor of Stories”, and the “ Grand Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater”,  She  pioneered  the writing of children’s play, the creation of a publishing house for children’s books and the formation of children’s theater and puppetry troupes.

Corazon Generoso Inigo
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sayaw) 1997, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on December 18, 1930. Is a dance educator, choreographer and artistic director. A visible figure in all the dance forms: folk dance, classical ballet and modern dance. She received training from dance luminaries . She has likewise conducted her own researches in dance.

Corazon Generoso Inigo
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sayaw) 1997, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on December 18, 1930. Is a dance educator, choreographer and artistic director. A visible figure in all the dance forms: folk dance, classical ballet and modern dance. She received training from dance luminaries . She has likewise conducted her own researches in dance.

Nena Del Rosario Villanueva
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Musika) 1997
Born on September 22, 1935. Concert pianist, is acclaimed everywhere for the quality of her performances which are remarkable for their intelligence, wit and sheer pianistic prowess.

Julie Lluch Dalena 
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sining Biswal) 1990
Painting and sculpture were the last things on Julie’s mind for a  career. Dalena’s earlier works included portraits of legendary characters from the bible, mythology, literature and art. She considers working with clay a most apt poetic metaphor for artistic creation.

Imelda Cajipe Andaya
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sining Biswal) 1990, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on September 16, 1949. Worked as researcher-writer on Philippine art history and culture from 1976-1982. She co –authored Filipino Engraving, a 1980 Gintong Aklat awardee for best non-fiction. Her paintings combine the virtues of high impact and richness of meaning in a vivid, painterly and original style.

Jean Marie Syjuco
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Sining Biswal) 1990
Born on June 26, 1952. A self-taught artist, a multi awarded sculptor, painter and installation artist, and is one of the country’s leading exponents of performance art.

Doreen Gamboa Fernandez
Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining (Individual), Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on October 28, 1934.Essayist, cultural historian and teacher. A versatile editor, writer and researcher, she has produced major work in cultural history especially in drama and and theater history, literary history and culinary history. Among these publications include; The Iloilo Zarzuela: 1903-1930 (1978); In Performance (1981); The Writer and His Milieu (1984) and its sequel, Writers and Their Miliue (1987); Sarap:
Essays on Philippine Food (1988); Kinilaw: A Philippine Cuisine of Freshness (1991); Lasa series of restaurant guides and many others. She was co-founder of the Babaylan Theater Group in 1973 and founding chairperson of the Cultural Research Association of the Philippine (1975).

Lydia Villanueva Arguilla
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on August 3, 1914 and died on December 20, 1969. Art administrator and painter. Had contributed immensely in the funding of the Philippine Art Gallery which was instrumental in encouraging the development of modern art. She was credited for having organized the first Philippine Cultural Exhibition to New York City and Washington DC as well as the Cultural Exposition of the Republic of the Philippines which travelled to various countries of Southeast Asia in 1962.

Nora Aunor
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on May 21, 1953 – Movie, stage and television actor, singer and producer. Began her career as a champion in amateur singing contests like the Tawag ng Tanghalan and  Darigold Jamboree. This led to her phenomenal rise as a major star of the Philippine movie industry which accorded her the title “superstar.” She appeared in many memorable and significant films and received several awards for her outstanding performances from credible award giving bodies like the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), Catholic Mass Media Awards (CCMA) and Urian.

Araceli Limcaco Dans
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on December 9, 1929. Painter and teacher. She is mainly responsible for the spread of art education in schools and subsequently founded with Brenda Fajardo, the Philippine Art Educator’s Association (PAEA) that launched programs of training and seminars to introduce creative approaches to teaching art at preschool, primary and secondary levels for public and private schools in the 13 regions of the Philippines.

Brenda Villanueva Fajardo
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on February 18, 1940. Painter, stage designer, theater artist, art educator, teacher and visual artist. She has a master of arts degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin, USA where she taught at the Wisconsin public schools and locally at the Ateneo de Manila University and the College of Holy Spirit. She has a series of painting exhibitions notable of which are her exhibitions entitled Baraha ng Buhay Pilipino (Playing Cards of Filipino Life) and was a participating artist in international exhibitions such as those in Cuba and Brisbane, Australia. Aside from a painter/visual artist, she exceled in set and costume designing for theater productions especially those of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).

Libertad Villanueva Fajardo
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on May 20, 1910. Teacher, dance scholar and specialist who contributed to the development of Philippine dance through her teaching and research. She taught in many schools like Alejandro Albert High School, Arellano University, Centro Escolar University, Araullo High School, St. Paul College, Philippine Women’s University (PWU) and the National College of Physical Education.
She had served as acting dance director of the Bayanihan Folk Arts Center and she became assistant dance director and subsequently dance director of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company during its performances in Europe, the Middle East, the US, Canada and Australia.

Narcisa Buencamino VDA. De Leon
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on October 29, 1877. Movie producer. Her name is associated with the LVN Pictures because she together with Carmen Villongco and Eleuterio Navoa, Jr. have established the LVN Pictures from whose initials the name LVN was formed in 1938. She was the recipient of many awards, namely Trend’s magazine award for outstanding personal accomplishment in the field of motion pictures (1949); National Federation of Women’s Club award for outstanding contributor in the field of movie production (1950); College Editor’s Guild award for meritorious services to the country for the growth of business and industry (1951); Kalipunang Pambansa ni Plaridel honored her for her leadership in propagating the National Language through the movies; and she received the Maria Clara award for being the outstanding producer in 1950. Furthermore, she was the first woman director of the National Rice Corporation (NARIC) when it was established in 1937.

Conchita Sunico
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on December 8, 1924. Art patron, administrator and producer. She made known in various parts of the world the image of the Philippines as a nation of gifted, warm, hospitable and creative people. This she accomplished through her promotion of the Philippine folk dances and fashion in cultural productions abroad. She initiated the development of the artistic talent and skills of young artist through the Karilagan Arts International or the Metropolitan Theater resident companies such as the Met Chorus, the Met Dance Theater, and the Dalubdulaan Theater Group. She fought hard to keep the Metropolitan Theater intact for artists and the Filipino audience. And most importantly, she supported endlessly the Asia’a oldest symphony orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra and gave it a home at the Met.

Carmen Dakudao Locsin
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on April 3, 1926. Dance educator. Her extra ordinary talent in merging ballet and folk dance, known as folkloric ballet elevated the art of dance to an admirable standard and helped professionalize ballet in the Philippines. She initiated the careers of some of the most talented Filipino dancers and choreographers specifically her own daughter Agnes D. Locsin.

Rosalinda Orosa
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on November 30, 1928. Essayist, critic and journalist. A multi-award critic and cultural editor and/or writer, she has written many reviews, interviews, essays, yearend summaries on foreign and local artists, events and performances. As an essayist, her collection of essays has been published in the books  What’s in a (Nick)Name? (1969) and Above the Throng (1980) while others have been anthologized locally and published in scholarly journals in West Germany, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Mexico and India.

Felicitas Layag Radaic
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on July 10, 1936. Dancer, teacher and choreographer. She is widely known for having founded a number of influential institutions in the field of ballet as well as for developing the first Filipino-designed syllabus for ballet. She also co-founded the Dance Theater Philippines (DTP) and organized the Philippine Chapter of the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dancing. She likewise carries the distinction of having trained such world-renowned Filipino dance artists as Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Anna Villadolid, Mary Anne Santamaria, Irene and Hazel Sabas and Sophia Radaic.

Alice Guerrero Guillermo
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on January 6, 1938. Art critic and essayist. A nationalist art critic. Who contributed greatly in shaping the resurgence of nationalism in the arts, emphasizing in particular the Filipino framework in art criticism. She has written numerous reviews and articles for magazines like Archipelago; Observer; Who; We Forum; Business Day and New Progressive Review. Her written written books include Mobil Art Awards (1981); Social Realism in the Philippines (1987); Blanco: The Blanco Family of Artists (1987); Images of Change (1988); The Covert Presence (1989); Alfredo Carmelo: His Life and Art (1990) and many other interesting publications.
Lucila Valencia Hosillos
Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas Parangal Sentenyal Sa Sining at Kultura 1999
Born on June 29, 1931. Critic, essayist and teacher. She is known for promoting a brand of literature that is both humanist and liberative in the Philippine and international contexts. Likewise, she promotes regional culture that make it count in the formation of a national culture. Among her critical works include The Concentric Sphere and Other Essays in Contemporary Literature; Philippine-American Literary Relations; Perempuan: Women in the Changing Societies of Asia; the postcolonial Originality as Vengeance: The Filipino Cultural Achievements in Literature; and Hiligaynon Literature: Texts and Contexts.