Get to know the women National Artists and Scientists
MANILA, Philippines – The worlds of arts and sciences are dominated by Filipina pioneers. Many of them showed exceptional talent and expertise, and their legacies are recognized through two of the highest civilian honors in the Philippines.
The National Artist award was first given by the government in 1972, while the National Scientist award was first conferred in 1978.
Filipinas joined the roster of recipients shortly thereafter, with Francisca Reyes Aquino named National Artist in 1973 and Dr Fe del Mundo declared National Scientist in 1980.
To date, a total of 66 National Artists and 41 National Scientists are honored for their significant contributions in their respective fields. Among them, 10 artists and 11 scientists are women.
In 2003, the awards were elevated to the Order of National Artists and the Order of National Scientists through Executive Order 236, making them fourth in precedence among the decorations accorded outstanding persons.
In commemoration of Women’s Month this March, get to know the Filipina National Artists and National Scientists.
Sources: National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Library, "The National Artists of the Philippines" books by CCP and NCCA, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation biographies, gov.ph (for briefers on the Order of National Artists and the Order of National Scientists), alum.up.edu.ph, kahimyang.info, old.nast.ph, orosa.org, philsciletters.org, scinet.dost.gov.ph, tofil.ph, various news reports