To close National Arts Month (NAM), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hand out the Ani ng Dangal awards to Filipino artists who won international awards last year.
Leading the honorees on Feb. 28 at Ayuntamiento Building are directors Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz, and actors Jaclyn José and John Lloyd Cruz.
José won the Cannes best actress award, the first Southeast Asian to do so, in the 2016 Cannes film festival for Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa.”
Diaz was the director of “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” which won the Golden Lion or Grand Prix in the 2016 Venice film fest, the oldest film fest in the world.
Cruz became the first Filipino and Southeast Asian actor to win the Star Asia award for “Honor Thy Father” in the 15th New York Asian Film Festival.
Other Filipino filmmakers and actors who will get the Ani ng Dangal for winning in international competitions are: Allan Michael Ibanez and Dexter Paglinawan Hemedez (“1st Sem”); Allen Dizon ( “Iaadya mo Kami”); Mario Cornejo, Monster Jimenez (“Apocalypse Child”); Barbie Forteza (“Laut”); Mikhael Red (“Birdshot”); Louie Ignacio, Baby Go (“Child Hauz”); Eduardo Roy Jr. (“Pamilya Ordinaryo”); Emerson Quintillan Texon (“Tomadachi”); Ato Bautista (“Gemini”); Gian Carlo Escamilla (“Walang Take Two”); Ralston Jover (“Hamog”); Joseph Israel Laban (“Happy New Year”); Hasmine Killip (“Pamilya Ordinaryo”); Raymond Ribay Gutierrez (“Imago”); Kirby Asunto (“Exist”); Giovanni Baldisseri (“Lucky Jinx”); Leon Miguel (“Red Lights”); Nathalie Hart (“Siphayo”); Paolo Ballesteros (“Die Beautiful”); Ricky Lee; (“Sandra”); Carlo Francisco Manatad, Zid Dulay (“Scarecrow”); Sid Lucero (“Toto”); Marissa Sue M. Prado (“The Sister”); Sheron Dayoc (“The Cresent Rising”); Rhoda Joy Blaza (“The Equation”); Marco Felipe Villas Lopez (“The Sister”); Teri Malvar (“Hamog”); Joel Lamangan (“Tomodachi”); John Paul Su (“Toto”); “Traslacion (Ang Paglalakad sa Altar ng Alanganin)”; and “Walang Take Two” (INCinema Production).
For dance, the awardees are Asian Pride, Cage, Fmd Extreme, Halili Cruz Dance Company, Jamaica Jornacion and Kristel de Catalina, Junior New System, Kahayag Dance Company, Luckesly Maravilla, Neil John Casagan and Renzo Arboleda, Olivia Bogayong, Rica Angela Ingco, Sanglahi Dance Troupe, Shaira May Comeros, Tarlac State University Performing Dance Troupe, Upeepz and 5xb Gensan.
For dramatic arts, Clint Ramos; for literary arts, Wilfredo Pascual; for music, Acapellago, Andrea Melisa Camba, Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir, Dennis Deovdes Reyes III, Ligao National High School Voice Choral, Philippine Madrigal Singers and UP Medicine Choir.
For visual arts: Allan Fesalbon Castaneda, Ananda Wisely, Danny Victoriano, Jamia Mei Tolentino, Joel Forte, Jophel Botero Ybiosa, Maria Angelica Tejada, Norman B. Isaac, “Tanam,” and Trisha Co Reyes. —CONTRIBUTED