2008 Gawad CCP awardees feted for artistic achievements

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Posted at Sep 10 2008 03:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 10 2008 11:22 PM

Nine recipients of this year's prestigious Gawad CCP will be feted Wednesday night at formal awarding ceremonies at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This year's recipients include Felicitas L. Radaic (Gawad CCP for Dance); Gilopez and Corazon Kabayao (Gawad CCP for Music); Feliz Monino S. Duque (Gawad CCP for Theater); Malou L. Jacob (Gawad CCP for Literature); Jose R. Moreno (Gawad CCP for Fashion Design); Rev. Fr. Rodrigo D. Perez III, OSB (Gawad CCP for Cultural Work); and the Philippine Folk Dance Society (Special Honors).

Two of the Gawad CCP recipients were honored posthumously: the Gawad CCP for Visual Arts was given to legendary comics illustrator Francisco V. Coching, while the Gawad CCP for Film was given to iconic Filipino filmmaker and actor Manuel P. Urbano (aka Manuel Conde).

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is given to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form.  The award is also given to cultural workers who helped to develop and enrich Philippine art and culture through their works in research, curatorship and administration.

Awardees

Felicitas L. Radaic is honored for her achievements in elevating and professionalizing the standards of classical ballet in the Philippines. She conceptualized and authored the Philippine Ballet Syllabus. She founded her own school and co-founded the Dance Theatre Philippines and the Philippine Ballet Theater. Radaic has produced and trained some of the country’s finest classical ballet dancers.

Gilopez Kabayao and Corazon Pineda Kabayao are two of the most esteemed and respected musicians in the Philippines. With a career spanning many decades, the Kabayaos have performed all over the Philippines and the world, sharing their love and gift of music through numerous outreach performances and workshops.

Monino S. Duque defined stagecraft in the Philippines.  As one of the country’s most respected lighting designers,  he institutionalized standard operational procedures in theater management. Duque also raised the country’s professional ushering service to world-class standards; and laid the foundation for festival management. His body of work encompasses all genres, from the classical to the modern.

Malou Jacob is synonymous with political theater in the Philippines.  As a playwright, she is rooted in the tradition of social realism, which stretches from the seditious Tagalog playwrights of the American occupation of the Philippines at the turn of the century, till the subversive theater of the Martial Law era.  Her thought-provoking plays are social commentaries that advocate for change and action.  She is an advocate for the empowerment of the Filipino, especially women, through theater and education. 

Pitoy Moreno is the best known among Filipino designers internationally and dubbed as "the Fashion Czar of Asia".  His collections have circled the globe and landed the fashion pages of international publications like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. His beadwork, embroidery and hand painting embellish the gowns of international celebrities, politicians and royalty.  He promoted Philippine fabrics and popularized the use of jusi, piña and lepanto.  He was one of the earliest exponents of the Maria Clara.  He re-fashioned the Barong Tagalog and made it wearable by women. First Ladies of the Philippines, as a matter of course, have donned Moreno’s trademark ternos.

Rev. Fr. Rodrigo D. Perez III, OSB has written and co-authored several major publications that have contributed immensely to the development of Philippine Architecture. He played a vital role in the conservation of churches in the country, specifically when he was Technical Consultant of the Historical Conservation Society from 1960-1963. As a Benedictine priest, he expanded his influence in education and culture by serving the boards of the St. Benedict College, Mirriam College, St. Scholastica’s College and the CCP. Fr. Bob was Rector/President of San Beda College for 15 years.

The Philippine Folk Dance Society is the leading organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Philippine folk dances for close to 60 years.   Through its regular folk dance workshops, both national and regional, and the Philippine Folk Dance Teacher Accreditation Program, it has constantly sought to upgrade folk dance education, particularly among teachers across the country.   It published and produced important materials such as the "Sayaw: Dances of the Philippines"; "Classic Collection of Philippine Folk Dances"; and the Instructional Video on Philippine Traditional Dances.

Two titans of Philippine visual and film arts were also given overdue recognition by the Gawad CCP posthumously:

Francisco Coching (1919-1998) is a master artist and master storyteller who reached a mass audience through the komiks novels he wrote and illustrated during his 40-year career. Coching’s works promoted Filipino as a national language and proved to be a powerful medium of verbal and visual literacy. His works entertained the masses with high adventure, action, drama and romance, by creating compelling, imaginary worlds where characters like Hagibis and Sabas roamed.

Manuel Conde (1915-1985) is considered to be the first independent Filipino filmmaker. Even as he worked within the studio system beginning in the 1930s; he also wrote, directed, produced and starred in his films, under his own MC Productions.  He placed Philippine cinema on the world map when his Genghis Khan became the first Filipino film to be screened in an international film festival—the 1952 Venice Film Festival. He is best known for his screen persona, Juan Tamad and as such came out with several Juan Tamad films that were not just comedies but social satires portraying the best and the worst of Pinoy politics.