Get to know the women National Artists and Scientists

Michael Bueza
Their exceptional talent, expertise, and legacies are recognized through two of the highest civilian honors in the Philippines

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.

 

National Artists







Francisca Reyes Aquino

National Artist (Dance, 1973)


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Leonor Orosa Goquingco

National Artist (Dance, 1976)


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Jovita Fuentes

National Artist (Music, 1976)


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Honorata “Atang” de la Rama

National Artist (Theater and Music, 1987)


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Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula

National Artist (Dance, 1988)


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Lucrecia Kasilag

National Artist (Music, 1989)


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Andrea Veneracion

National Artist (Music, 1999)


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Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana

National Artist (Theater, 1999)


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Edith L. Tiempo

National Artist (Literature, 1999)


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Alice Reyes

National Artist (Dance, 2014)


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National Scientists







Fe del Mundo

National Scientist (1980)


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Carmen Velasquez

National Scientist (1983)


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Encarnacion Alzona

National Scientist (1985)


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Luz Oliveros-Belardo

National Scientist (1987)


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Clara Lim-Sylianco

National Scientist (1994)


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Dolores A. Ramirez

National Scientist (1998)


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Gelia Castillo

National Scientist (1999)


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Clare Baltazar

National Scientist (2001)


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Lourdes Cruz

National Scientist (2006)


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Mercedes Concepcion

National Scientist (2010)


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Perla Santos-Ocampo

National Scientist (2010)


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– Rappler.com

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

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Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.