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2 professor emeriti receive Gawad CCP Para sa Sining

(March 15)—Dr. Brenda V. Fajardo, professor emerita at the Department of Art Studies of the College of Arts and Letters, and Dr. Ramon Santos, University Professor Emeritus of the Composition and Theory Department of the College of Music were among the eight recipients of the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Gawad CCP Para sa Sining for 2012.

The award, the highest given by the CCP, recognizes the recipients’ “outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture.” The awards were given in a ceremony at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Theater on February 27.

Fajardo received the award for her contributions in the Visual Arts.

The CCP website notes: “Visual artist Brenda Fajardo’s works carry strong historical and nationalist themes as folk and mythological tales. Fajardo participated in prestigious exhibitions both here and abroad and represented the county in various biennales notably in France, Cuba, Japan, the USA, Korea, Chile, India and Australia. Because Fajardo was not an artist contented with isolation, she explored her expression with other art organizations and institutions. She has been instrumental in founding or revitalizing artist groups bonded by a common advocacy such as art education, gender issues, and community enrichment programs. Her efforts at revitalizing her family’s farm through cultural awareness prove to be a further testimony to this vocation.”

Fajardo was a Thirteen Artists' Awardee of the CCP in 1992.

Santos, on the other hand, was recognized for his contributions to Philippine music.

“Dr. Ramon Santos’ outstanding contribution to Philippine music is comprised of his numerous Filipino contemporary compositions that reflect traditional and Asian music aesthetics which have been performed not only locally but also in different parts of the world. A leading composer of contemporary music, he is recognized by other composers in Asia for his works which have been showcased in festivals and conferences abroad. His scholarly research in Philippine music have been published in journals and books both locally and internationally, helping contribute to the understanding of Philippine and Asian music aesthetics. His active involvement as officer of international music organizations has helped put the country in a prominent position in the field of contemporary music in the global arena,” notes the CCP.

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