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Nominations for New Batch of National Artists Now Open

The coronavirus pandemic does not and will never hinder the flourishing of Philippine art scene.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) have opened the nominations for a new set of National Artists.

The Order of National Artist is the highest national award given to Filipino artists who have made significant contributions to the Philippines and the Filipino arts. The recognition is conferred by the president and is administered by the NCCA and CCP. (Read: #ArtForMedPH: Filipino artists are helping fight the Covid-19)

The NCCA and CCP said that the artist should only be nominated in one category, where they made their “most substantial contribution.” Other merits and achievements the artist may have will be added to their citation.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) are proud to…

Posted by National Commission for Culture and the Arts on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Guidelines for Nominations

The selection process for National Artists is rigorous. To be recognized in the Order of National Artists, the nominee should have made significant contributions to the cultural heritage of the country, promoted creative expression as significant to the development of a national cultural identity to the highest level, and must have dedicated their lives to their works in order to guide future generations of Filipino artists. 

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Photos from National Artist of the Philippine Literature Facebook

Categories open for nominations include Architecture and Allied Arts, Dance, Design, Film and Broadcast, Literature, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. (Read: Ryan Cayabyab, Smokey Mountain Reunite in Fundraising Concert)

Honors and Privileges

Once selected and conferred with the honor of National Artist, they will be bestowed with the National Artist gold-plated medallion minted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). For living awardees, a minimum cash award of P200,000 will be given.

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Gold-Plated Medallion From Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Photo from Philippine News)

The artist is also entitled to a minimum lifetime personal monthly stipend of P50,0000 and medical and hospitalization benefits not exceeding P750,000 a year. They will have a life insurance policy from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or private insurance companies from the date the award is conferred. They will also be given a state funeral upon death. For posthumous awardees, a cash award of P150,000 shall be given to the legal heir/s. (Read: Who is Abdulmari Imao, the inspiration behind the Imao Obra Typeface?)

The deadline for nominations for the next National Artist is on December 15, 2020. The guidelines and application form can be downloaded on the NCCA website.

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