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National Artists of the Philippines

The Order of National Artists (Order ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining) is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts, namely: Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts. The order is jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines and conferred by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation by both institutions.

National Artists are given a Grand Collar symbolizing their status. Likened to the US National Medal for the Arts and the Order of Culture of Japan, the recipients embody the highest ideals of humanities and aesthetics and ideal expression of Filipinos as exemplified by their outstanding works and contributions.

Lauro “Larry” Alcala
National Artist for Visual Arts, 2018
Professor, College of Fine Arts

Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio
National Artist for Theatre, 2018
University Professor Emeritus, College of Arts and Letters

Raymundo “Ryan” Cipriano P. Cayabyab
National Artist for Music, 2018
Professor, College of Music

Kidlat Tahimik 
National Artist for Film, 2018
Professor, College of Mass Communication

Francisco F. Feliciano , DMA
National Artist for Music, 2014
Professor, College of Music (1969-1972, 1980-1986)

Ramon P. Santos, PhD
National Artist for Music, 2014
University Professor Emeritus, College of Music

Benedicto ‘Bencab’ Cabrera
National Artist for Visual Arts (2006)
(April 10, 1942)

Bienvenido Lumbera, PhD
National Artist for Literature, 2006
Professor Emeritus, College of Arts and Letters

(+) Ildefonso Santos Jr. (I.P. Santos)
National Artist for Architecture, 2006
Professor, College of Architecture

(+) N.V.M. Gonzalez, PhD
National Artist for Literature, 1997
Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature
Former College of Arts and Sciences
Founder, “The Diliman Review”

Virgilio S. Almario, PhD (Rio Alma)
National Artist for Literature, 2003
Professor Emeritus and Dean, College of Arts and Letters (2003-2006)

(+) Jose T. Joya
National Artist for Visual Arts, 2003
Dean, College of Fine Arts, 1970-1978
Professor, College of Fine Arts

(+) Andrea O. Veneracion
National Artist for Music, 1999
Professor, College of Music

(+) Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero
National Artist for Theater, 1997
Director, UP Dramatic Club, 1947-1963

(+) Jose Maceda, PhD
National Artist for Music, 1997
Professor, College of Music
Founder, UP Center for Ethnomusicology

(+) Lucio D. San Pedro, PhD
National Artist for Music, 1991
Professor Emeritus, College of Music

(+) Antonino R. Buenaventura
National Artist for Music 1988
Conservatory of Music

(+) Carlos P. Romulo
National Artist for Literature (1982)
January 14, 1899 – December 15, 1985

(+) Napoleon V. Abueva
National Artist for Visual Arts, 1976
Dean, College of Fine Arts (1978 – 1989)

(+) Jovita Fuentes
National Artist for Music, 1976
Conservatory of Music

(+) Guillermo Tolentino
National Artist for Visual Arts, 1973
Professor Emeritus, College of Fine Arts
Director, School of Fine Arts (1953-1955)

(+) Francisca Reyes Aquino, PhD
National Artist for Dance, 1973
Professor, Physical Education
Physical Director for Women (1930)

(+) Antonio J. Molina
National Artist for Music ,1973
Professor, Conservatory of Music

(+) Fernando C. Amorsolo
National Artist for Visual Arts 1972
Director, School of Fine Arts (1938-1952)