Order of National Artists of the Philippines
Orden ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining ng Pilipinas
National Artist of the Philippines.svg
Emblem of the Order of National Artists, which appears on the collar bestowed on members.
Awarded by  Philippines
Awarded forhaving made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignPresident of the Philippines
First induction1972
Next (higher)Order of Gabriela Silang
Next (lower)Gawad Mabini
EquivalentOrder of National Scientists, Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan, Order of Lakandula – Special Class of Champion for Life
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Ribbon bar of the Order

Current logo for the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property

The Order of National Artists of the Philippines (Filipino: Orden ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining ng Pilipinas) is an order bestowed by the Philippines on Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine art. Members of the Order are known as National Artists. Originally instituted as an Award, it was elevated to the status of an order in 2003.[1]

The Order is administered by the Cultural Center of the Philippines by virtue of President Ferdinand Marcos's Proclamation № 1001 of April 2, 1972, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The first Award was posthumously conferred on Filipino painter Fernando Amorsolo.


The order of the highest state honor is conferred on individuals deemed as having done much for their artistic field. Deserving individuals must have been recommended by both the Cultural Center and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts prior to receiving the Award. Such people are then titled, by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation, as National Artist (Filipino: Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining), and are inducted into the Order.


Categories under which National Artists can be recognized originally included:[2]

However, National Artists have since been honored under new categories. The NCCA created the category of National Artist for Fashion Design when it nominated Ramon Valera, but subsumed that category under "Architecture, Design and Allied Arts". President Fidel V. Ramos issued an executive order creating the category of National Artist for Historical Literature before conferring the honor to Carlos Quirino.


The National Artist of the Philippines are based on a broad criteria, as set forth by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts:[2]

  1. Living artists who have been Filipino citizens for the last ten years prior to nomination as well as those who have died after the establishment of the Award in 1972 but were Filipino citizens at the time of their death;
  2. Artists who have helped build a Filipino sense of nationhood through the content and form of their works;
  3. Artists who have distinguished themselves by pioneering in a mode of creative expression or style, making an impact on succeeding generations of artists;
  4. Artists who have created a significant body of works and/or have consistently displayed excellence in the practice of their art form, enriching artistic expression or style; and
  5. Artists who enjoy broad acceptance through prestigious national and/or international recognition, Award in prestigious national and/or international events, critical acclaim and/or reviews of their works, and/or respect and esteem from peers within an artistic discipline.

Nominations are then submitted to the National Artist Secretariat that is created by the National Artist Award Committee; experts from the different art fields then sit on a First Deliberation to prepare the short list of nominees. A Second Deliberation, which is a joint meeting of the Commissioners of the NCCA and the Board of Trustees of the CCP, decides on the final nominees. The list is then forwarded to the President of the Philippines, who, by Presidential Proclamation, proclaims the final nominees as members of the Order of National Artists.[3]


  1. a cash Award of one hundred thousand pesos (100,000.00) net of taxes, for living awardees;
  2. a cash Award of seventy-five thousand pesos (₱75,000.00) net of taxes, for posthumous awardees, payable to legal heir/s;
  3. a monthly life pension, medical and hospitalization benefits;
  4. life insurance coverage for Awardees who are still insurable;
  5. a state funeral and burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani;
  6. a place of honor, in line with protocolar precedence, at national state functions, and recognition at cultural events.

The Roster of National Artists

President Year Picture Awardee Province Category Notes
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Ferdinand Marcos
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Fernando Cueto Amorsolo
Manila Visual Arts – Painting posthumous conferment
1973 Francisca Santos Reyes-Aquino
Bulacan Dance
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Carlos Modesto "Botong" Villaluz Francisco
Rizal Visual Arts – Painting posthumous conferment
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Amado Vera Hernández
Manila Literature
Antonio Jesus Naguiat Molina
Manila Music
Juan Felipe de Jesus Nakpil
Manila Architecture
Guillermo Estrella Tolentino
Bulacan Visual Arts – Sculpture
Jose Garcia Villa NYWTS (cropped2).jpg
José García Villa
Manila Literature
1976 Napoleón "Billy" Veloso Abueva
Bohol Visual Arts – Sculpture
Leonor Orosa-Goquingco 2010 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Leonor Luna Orosa-Goquingco
Batangas Dance
Lamberto V. Avellana 2015 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Lamberto Vera Avellana
Mountain Province Film and Theater
Nick Joaquin Portrait from Fringe (cropped).jpg
Nicomedes "Nick" Márquez Joaquín
Manila Literature
Jovita Flores Fuentes
Capiz Music
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Victorio Cándido Edades
Pangasinan Visual Arts – Painting
Pablo Sebero Antonio Sr.
Manila Architecture posthumous conferment
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Vicente Silva Manansala
Pampanga Visual Arts – Painting
Gerardo de León 2013 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Gerardo "Gerry" Ilagan de Leon
Manila Film
Carlos P. Romulo (cropped).jpg
Carlos Peña Rómulo
Tarlac Literature
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Corazon Aquino
1987 Honorata "Atang" Márquez de la Rama-Hernández
Manila Theater and Music
1988 Antonino Ramírez Buenaventura
Bulacan Music
Lucrecia Faustino Reyes-Urtula
Iloilo Dance
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Lucrecia Roces Kasilag
La Union Music
1990 Zacarias Francisco "Franz" Quino Arcellana
Manila Literature
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Cesar Torrente Legaspi
Manila Visual Arts – Painting
Leandro Valencia Locsín
Negros Occidental Architecture
1991 Hernando Ruiz Ocampo
Manila Visual Arts – Painting posthumous conferment
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Lucio Diestro San Pedro Sr.
Rizal Music
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Fidel V. Ramos
1997 Catalino "Lino" Ortiz Brocka
Sorsogon Film posthumous conferment
Felipe Padilla de Leon 2012 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Felipe Padilla de León
Nueva Ecija Music
Wilfrido Guerrero 2017 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Wilfrido María Barredo Guerrero
Manila Theater
Rolando Santos Tinio
Manila Theater and Literature
N. V. M. Gonzalez 2015 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Néstor Vicente Madali González
Romblon Literature
Levi Celerio 2010 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Levi Celerio Cruz
Manila Music & Literature
Arturo Rogerio Luz
Manila Visual Arts – Painting
José Maceda 2017 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
José Montserrat Maceda
Manila Music
Carlos Quirino 2010 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Carlos Lozada Quirino
Manila Historical Literature
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Joseph Estrada
1999 Jerry Navarro Elizalde
Antique Visual Arts – Painting posthumous conferment
Ernani Joson Cuenco
Bulacan Music
Andrea Carriaga Ofilada-Veneracion
Edith Tiempo 2019 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Edith Cutaran López-Tiempo
Nueva Vizcaya Literature
Daisy Avellana 2017 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Daisy Pardo Hontiveros-Avellana
Capiz Theater
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Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
2001 Ishmael Bernal Ledesma
Manila Film posthumous conferment
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Severino Tabat Montano
Ilocos Norte Theater
F. SIONIL JOSE (2017) (cropped2).jpg
Francisco Sionil José
Pangasinan Literature
Ang Kiukok
Davao del Sur Visual Arts – Painting
2003 José Tanig Joya
Manila posthumous conferment
Virgilio Almario 2019 (cropped2).jpg
Virgilio Senadrin Almario
(b. 1944)
Bulacan Literature
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Alejandro Reyes Roces
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Edgar Sinco Romero
Negros Oriental Film and Broadcast Arts
Salvador Floro Bernal
Pangasinan Theater and Design
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Benedicto Reyes Cabrera
(b. 1942)
Manila Visual Arts – Painting
Abdulmari Asia Imao
Sulu Visual Arts – Sculpture
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Bienvenido Lumbera


Batangas Literature
Ramon Arevalo Obusan
Albay Dance
Ildefonso Paez Santos Sr.
Manila Architecture – Landscape
Fernando Poe Jr 2010 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Ronald Allan "Fernando" Kelley Poe Jr.1
Manila Film posthumous conferment
Ramon O. Valera (cropped).jpg
Ramón Oswald Valera
Abra Architecture, Design and Allied Arts – Fashion Design posthumous conferment
Manuel Conde 2015 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Manuel Pabustan Urbano
Camarines Norte Film and Broadcast Arts posthumous conferment
Lázaro Ángeles Francisco
Bataan Literature
Federico Aguilar Alcuaz
Manila Visual Arts – Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media
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Benigno Aquino III
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Alice García Reyes van Doorn
(b. 1942)
Manila Dance
Francisco Coching 2019 stamp of the Philippines (cropped).jpg
Francisco Vicente Coching
Manila Visual Arts posthumous conferment
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Cirilo Francisco Bautista
Manila Literature
Francisco Espíritu Feliciano
Rizal Music posthumous conferment
Ramon Santos portrait (cropped).jpg
Ramón Pagayon Santos
(b. 1941)
Manila Music
José María Vélez Zaragoza
Manila Architecture posthumous conferment
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Rodrigo Duterte
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Raymundo Cipriano "Ryan" Pujante Cayabyab
(b. 1954)
Manila Music
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Francisco "Bobby" Tronqued Mañosa
Manila Architecture and Allied Arts
Ramón Larupay Muzones
Iloilo Literature posthumous conferment
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Resil Buagas Mojares
(b. 1943)
Zamboanga del Norte/Cebu Literature
Lauro "Larry" Zarate Alcala
Albay Visual Arts posthumous conferment
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Amelia Ramolete Lapeña-Bonifacio
Manila Theater
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Erik Oteyza de Guia (Kidlat Tahimik)
(b. 1942)
Benguet Film and Broadcast Arts
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Nora Cabaltera Villamayor "Aunor"
(b. 1953)
Camarines Sur Film and Broadcast Arts
Salvacion Navera Lim-Higgins
Albay Fashion Design posthumous conferment
Agnes Dakudao Locsin
(b. 1957)
Davao Dance
Fides Belza Cuyugan-Asensio
(b. 1931)
Quezon Music
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Ricardo "Ricky" Arreola Lee
(b. 1948)
Camarines Norte Film and Broadcast Arts
Gémino Henson Abad
(b. 1939)
Manila Literature
Antonio "Tony" Ocampo Mabesa
Laguna Theater posthumous conferment
Marilou Correa Diaz-Abaya
Manila Film and Broadcast Arts posthumous conferment

^1 In May 2006, under the Arroyo administration, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) already conferred the award to Poe but the late actor's wife, Susan Roces refused to acknowledge it. President Aquino has approved and signed Proclamation 435 affirming the previous proclamation of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declaring the late movie icon Fernando Poe Jr. a National Artist, posthumously. The Poe family finally accepted the conferment on 16 August 2012. .[7]

^2 Aguilar Alcuaz, Francisco, and Conde were all proclaimed in 2009 but the conferment of the order was delayed due to a controversy. The order was finally bestowed in a ceremony at Malacañang Palace in November 2013.[5]

2009 National Artist of the Philippines controversy

Main article: 2009 National Artist of the Philippines controversy

In August 2009, the conferment of the Order of National Artists on seven individuals by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo[8] became controversial when it was revealed that musician Ramon Santos had been dropped from the list of nominees short-listed in May that year by the selection committee, and that four other individuals had been nominated via "President’s prerogative": Cecilla Guidote-Alvarez (Theater), Carlo J. Caparas (Visual Arts and Film), Francisco Mañosa (Architecture), and Pitoy Moreno (Fashion Design).[4][9]

Members of the Philippine art community–including a number of living members of the Order–protested that the proclamation politicised the title of National Artist, and made it "a way for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to accommodate her allies." Specific protests were raised regarding the nomination of Guidote-Alvarez, who was also Executive Director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, because it was purportedly a breach of protocol and delicadeza (propriety), and of Caparas, on the grounds that he was unqualified for nomination under both the Visual Arts and the Film categories.[9][10] On July 16, 2013, the controversy finally ended after the Supreme Court of the Philippines voted 12-1-2 that voided the four proclamations.[11]

On June 20, 2014, five years after he was originally shortlisted in 2009, Ramon Santos was finally conferred National Artist for Music by President Benigno S. Aquino III.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003 Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The National Artists of the Philippines Guidelines". ncca.gov.ph. National Commission for Culture and the Arts. 2007. Archived from the original on August 28, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  3. ^ mlq3. "Proclaimed a National Artist, not awarded » Manuel L. Quezon III". quezon.ph.
  4. ^ a b Annie Ruth C. Sabangan (August 1, 2009). "Fury over Arroyo's choice of national artists". GMANews.tv: The Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs.
  5. ^ a b "Aguilar Alcuaz, Francisco, Conde– deceased all–to be finally conferred National Artist awards in November". Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Palace Declares New National Artists. Philippine Daily Inquirer (June 21, 2014)
  7. ^ "Aquino confers Order of National Artist for Cinema on late Fernando Poe Jr". Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  8. ^ TJ Burgonio (July 29, 2009). "Arroyo names 7 National Artists for '09". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009.
  9. ^ a b Kristine L. Alave, Bayani San Diego Jr. (August 1, 2009). "Palace choices of 4 nat'l artists protested". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on August 4, 2009.
  10. ^ Gerry Alanguilan (2009). "Bottom Line: Carlo J. Caparas is NOT Qualified". Komikero Comics Journal. Komikero Comics Journal. Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  11. ^ Mark Merueñas (July 16, 2013). "SC voids National Artist Award on Carlo Caparas, 3 others". GMA News and Public Affairs.