Duterte honors Ani ng Dangal awardees
By Prince Golez
“Your excellence truly highlights the greatness of Filipino artists,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in his message for the recipients of this year’s Ani ng Dangal Awards held at the Malacañang Palace Wednesday.
As part of the annual celebration of National Arts Month, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) honored a total of 52 awardees who have earned international awards and accolades during the past year.
The recipients include, among others, actors Judy Ann Santos, Alden Richards, Ai-Ai delas Alas-Sibayan, Dante Rivero, Angeli Bayani and Ina Raymundo; filmmaker Jun Robles Lana; playwright Rody Vera; dancesport partners Sean Mischa Aranar and Ana Leonila Nualla, Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen, and Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Caňeda; poets Bienvenido Lumbera, Kristian Sendon Cordero, and Ricardo de Ungria; violinist Ruth Joana Livioco-Tumpalan; composer Nilo Alcala; conductor and music director Ramon Lijauco Jr; and visual artists Celso Beringuel Creer II, Jesus Ramos Tejada, and Danilo O. Victoriano, Jr.
“The nation joins me in honoring their distinguished achievements made in the international arena last year in the fields of architecture, cinema, dance, music, dramatic arts, literary arts, visual arts, folk arts, and multi-disciplinary arts,” said Duterte.
The President also commended the NCCA for spearheading the annual event.
“May this month-long celebration of our rich culture and arts instill in the hearts and minds of our people a stronger sense of nationalism and pride in being Filipino.
“May it also be a time for various cultural and educational government agencies to explore greater collaboration in support of our cultural activities, he added.