By Jaimie Rose Aberia
Manila will bestow special awards to exceptional Filipino artists who have excelled in architecture, painting, and other art forms in time for the celebration of the 446th Araw ng Maynila on June 24.
The Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Awards will be given in recognition of Filipino artists “who have dedicated their talents and skills to promote and put into a different level their respective fields of artistic endeavor,” according to Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau (MTCAB) chief Sofia Arboladura.
Arboladura said the awards have nine categories: Architecture, Sculpture, Dance, Theatre, Painting, Music, New Art Form, Literature, and Cinema.
Among the prominent personalities who have been bestowed with the award were actress Nora Aunor and actor-director Eddie Garcia.
“It will be a great honor once again to recognize outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves in different fields of visual arts and have contributed to the development of Filipino traditional arts and culture,” Mayor Joseph Estrada, who will lead the conferment of the awards, said.
The 2017 Araw ng Maynila Executive Committee and MTCAB said they are still accepting nominations until June 15.
“To qualify, the nominees must be living Filipino artists who have distinguished themselves through research and preservation of culture and the development of their arts,” Arboladura explained.
Nominations can be submitted to the MTCAB office at the Manila City Hall or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public can also call the office at 310-52-24 for more details, she added.
A medal and cash award will also be given to the winners, the MTCAB chief said.
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