National Artist Daisy Avellana dies at 96

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Posted at May 12 2013 06:16 PM | Updated as of May 15 2013 07:44 PM

Photo from the Facebook page of Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – National Artist for Theater Daisy Avellana died on Sunday morning at the age of 96.

This was announced on Sunday by the government in its official social media account.

“In memoriam: Daisy H. Avellana, National Artist for Theater, January 26, 1917 - May 12, 2013,” the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines said on Twitter and Facebook.

According to the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Avellana was born in Roxas City, Capiz on January 26, 1917.

“She has elevated legitimate theater and dramatic arts to a new level of excellence by staging and performing in breakthrough productions of classic Filipino and foreign plays and by encouraging the establishment of performing groups and the professionalization of Filipino theater. Together with her husband, National Artist Lamberto Avellana and other artists, she co-founded the Barangay Theatre Guild in 1939 which paved the way for the popularization of theatre and dramatic arts in the country, utilizing radio and television,” the NCCA said on its website.

Avellana is best remembered for her portrayal of Candida Marasigan in the stage and film versions of Nick Joaquin’s “Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.”

She was declared National Artist in 1999.