May 24, 2015 

The National Artists of the Philippines

Order of the National Artist of the Philippines

The Order of National Artists (Orden ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining) is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts. The order is jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and conferred by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation by both institutions.

Architecture Dance

Pablo S. Antonio
Leandro V. Locsin
Juan F. Nakpil
Ildefonso P. Santos
Jose Maria V. Zaragoza

Francisca Reyes Aquino
Leonor Orosa Goquingco
Ramon Obusan
Alice Reyes
Lucrecia Reyes Urtula
Cinema Historical Literature
Lamberto V. Avellana
Lino Brocka
Ishmael Bernal
Manuel Conde
Gerardo "Gerry" De Leon
Ronald Allan K. Poe
Eddie S. Romero
Carlos Quirino
Visual Arts Music
Napoleon V. Abueva
Federico Aguilar y Alcuaz
Francisco Coching
Ang Kiukok
Victorio C. Edades
Cesar Legaspi
Vicente S. Manansala
Hernando R. Ocampo
Benedicto R. Cabrera
Abdulmari Asia Imao
Fernando C. Amorsolo
Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco
Arturo R. Luz
J. Elizalde Navarro
Guillermo Estrella Tolentino
Jose T. Joya
Antonino R. Buenaventura
Ernani Joson Cuenco
Francisco Feliciano
Jovita Fuentes
Jose Maceda
Lucio D. San Pedro
Levi Celerio
Felipe Padilla De Leon
Lucrecia R. Kasilag
Antonio J. Molina
Ramon P. Santos
Andrea O. Veneracion
Literature Theater
Francisco Arcellana
Cirilo F. Bautista
Lazaro Francisco
N. V. M. Gonzales
Nick Joaquin
F. Sionil Jose
Jose Garcia Villa
Edith L. Tiempo
Virgilio S. Almario
Amado V. Hernandez
Carlos P. Romulo
Alejandro R. Roces
Bienvenido Lumbera
Daisy Avellana
Honorata "Atang" Dela Rama
Rolando S. Tinio
Salvador F. Bernal
Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero
Severino Montano
Fashion Design
Ramon Valera  

The lives and works of the National Artists are discussed in greater detail in the book The National Artists of the Philippines, published jointly by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Anvil Publishing, Inc. and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For inquiries on the availability of the book, please contact NCCA Publications at 527-5529 or at 5272192 local 614, or Anvil at 631-7048 / 633-6121 / 633-6136 / 671-9230 or email them at

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