By Charlene Ara Gonzales
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) celebrated the Sixth Ani ng Dangal to recognize the highest achievements of Filipinos in the Arts last February 2.
Artisans and experts from the field of Cinema, Dance, Drama, Literature, Music, and Multi-Disciplinary Arts among others were awarded for their local and international achievements that gave the country hope and strength to start over.
“Filipinos have always treasured touching one another’s heart, especially through the arts. Thus, our artists have revealed their innermost souls, their unique creativity for the world to behold.” said Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., Chairman of NCCA.
Maria Cecilia Cruz of Bridgebury Realty Corporation was recognized for her feats in Architecture. Clint Ramos was recognized for Dramatic Arts and Merlie Alunan’s poems The Haiyan Dead and Tales of a Spiderwoman bagged her recognition for the Literary Arts.
Awardees for Cinema are Paul Sta. Ana, Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses, Jericho Rosales, Dwein Baltazar, Kanakan Balintagos, Adrielle Esteban, Inshallah Montero, Jun Robles Lana, Emmanuel Quindo Palo, Bugoy Cariño, Anita Linda, Alessandra de Rossi, Eugene Domingo, Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Nora Villamayor, Eddie Garcia, Marilen Magsaysay, Joel Torre, Barbara Miguel, Ron Morales, Ian Loreños, Sandy Talag, Briccio Santos, Roy Iglesias and Brillante Ma. Mendoza.
Jed Madela, Beverly Caimen, Aldeza Ianna dela Torre, De La Salle University Chorale and Hail Mary the Queen Child-dren’s Choir also received recognition for Music. The Bayanihan, Boyz Unlimited and The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet were recognized for Dance.
Visual Arts awardees include Orley Ypon, Manny Fajutag, Aaron Favila, John Vincent Redrico, Jamille Bianca Aguilar, Jamia Mei Tolentino, Norman Issac, Raimundo Folch, Robert John Cabagnot, Ahzrin Bacalla, Maria Angelica Tajeda, Joel Forte, Jerica Shi and Trisha Co Reyes.
Lastly, Philip Jerome Vaquilar, Sergio Bumatay III, Nanoy Raphael, Eric delos Santos, Jason Tan, Reel Time (GMA), Pupil and Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) bagged the awards for Multi-Disciplinary Arts.
The sixth Ani ng Dangal is the highlight of the 2014 Philippine Arts Festival with the theme: “Art on the Edge,” which is mainly about challenging cultural workers and artists to go beyond their comfort zones in order to create change through their craft.