The Palawan Culture and Arts Program (PCAP) of the provincial government on Tuesday recognized the outstanding local artists to highlight the opening of the “Sikatugyaw Festival” being spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The awards were given to local artists and individuals who made significant contributions to various disciplines of the arts through the Ani ng Sining: Philippine Arts Festival event whose opening was graced by Miss Universe 2018 and NCCA Arts Ambassador 2020 Catriona Gray.

“Sana ay ma-appreciate nila ang ginawang pagkilala, pagpapahalaga sa kanilang mga kontribusyon sa sining kultura dito sa atin sa lalawigan ng Palawan. Gusto namin na ma-inspire pa sila to continue what they are doing,” program manager Ceasar Sammy Magbanua said.

Magbanua said that this will be the first batch out of the 50 screened names of nominated individuals.

Miss Universe 2018 and NCCA Arts Ambassador Catriona Gray delivers a message to the crowd that waited for her at the City Coliseum. // Photo by Jarrod Lorenz Tabuada

“Yong mga hindi nasama ngayon ay hindi naman nangangahulugan na hindi na sila karapat-dapat. Siguro may pagkukulang lang sa kanilang kontribusyon pero definitely ay itutuloy natin ito taun-taon,” he said.

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Pedrito Ensomo, one of the award recipients under the Alagad ng Litrato category, said that the recognition given will also push them to continue their fields of arts.

“Maganda ‘yong ganitong kaganapan, kumbaga nagbibigay sa amin ng inspirasyon para patuloy namin gawin ang aming sining,” he said.

The award recipients were as follows:

Alagad ng Musika

• Bayani Lanzanas
• Jose Tria Fernandez III
• Paterno Marquez, Jr.
• Edna Beth Tablazon-Abiz
• Ignacio Ricon
• Demy Dizon
• Fe Tria-Fernandez

Alagad ng Sayaw

• Sydney Loyola
• Dr. John Christian Jardin

Alagad ng Sining Biswal

• Jonathan Benitez
• Mario Lubrico
• H. Dan Habaradas
• Mike Garcia
• Alvin Bayking
• Roderick Pelenia
• Elordie Mesac
• Frances Mary Mendoza

Alagad ng Panitikan

• Yasmin Arquiza

Alagad ng Pelikula

• Aureaus Solito
• Dante Nico Garcia

Alagad ng Litrato

• Al Linsangan III
• Pedrito Ensomo

Alagad ng Likhang Palawan

• Eva Valledor
• Czarina Lim

Alagad ng Kulturang Palaweño

• Luzerino Oliva
• Maria Teodora Conde- Prieto
• Tane Distal and Judith Distal
• Jane Urbanek-Timbancaya
• Higinio Mendoza, Jr.
• Dr. Nellie Fabello-Abueg
• Carolina Fernandez-San Juan
• Sister Teresita Medalle, O.P.


Magbanua was also awarded the “Parangal sa Natatanging Palaweño.

Meanwhile, Magbanua said the NCCA has chosen the City of Puerto Princesa and Palawan as the venue of the Philippine Arts Festival in Luzon.

NCCA executive director Dr. Al Ryan Alejandre said that the opening of the Philippine Arts Festival in Luzon in Puerto Princesa is the third site launched after the opening in the Visayas and National Capital Region area.

“I hope ‘yong LGUs natin from different municipalities ay magsi-celebrate, puwede gawaan ng legislation ‘yan na ang Puerto Princesa at mga municipality na at the month of February ay magsi-celebrate ng ating arts month,” he said.



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