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Maligayang KKK Day from Kidlat Tahimik

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'Tuloy ang labanan upang h’wag mamatay ang katutubong lakas-loob ng ating ninino — tungo as Liwanag'

TULA: ‘Tatlo sa Harap ng COVID-19’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

TULA: ‘COVID-19 Alamat Kontra Armageddon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

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TULA: ‘Taliba ng Bayan’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa mga babaeng frontliners sa paglaban sa COVID-19

TULA: ‘May Bagong Bayani ang Ating Panahon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa alaala ng mga doktor na pumanaw at sa ‘mga kawal pangkalusugang lumaban sa COVID-19’

Ryan Cayabyab: The man, the artist

Aug 04, 2019 - 6:43 PM

It's hard to imagine a world without Ryan Cayabyab's songs

Ryan Cayabyab during the press conference of their movie, "Ang Larawan'. Photo by Jay Ganzon/

National Artist for Music Ramon Santos holds lecture in UP on June 6

May 24, 2019 - 7:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Bukás at libre ito sa publiko. Magpatalâ o tumawag sa Sangay ng Literatura at Araling Kultural ng KWF sa (02) 252-1953 o sa email na

CCP to pay tribute to 2018 national artists

May 16, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is set to pay tribute to Larry Alcala, Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, Ryan Cayabyab, Kidlat Tahimik, Francisco Mañosa, and writers Resil Mojares and Ramon L. Muzones

Google marks Francisca Reyes-Aquino's 120th birth anniversary with doodle

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Francisca Reyes-Aquino is widely considered as the mother of Philippine folk dance

National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa dies

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Mañosa, known as the 'Father of Philippine Neo-vernacular Architecture,' was named National Artist in 2018

NATIONAL ARTIST. Acclaimed architect Francisco Mañosa dies. Image courtesy of the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Mon Tulfo, Lapeña promoted, Boracay | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chito dela Vega

Malacañang: Nora Aunor will be National Artist 'in God’s perfect time'

Oct 25, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Malacañang says Aunor's exclusion from the list of new National Artists at least spares her 'from the emotional and psychological torment' caused by mixed reactions had she been given the title

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LISTEN: 8 popular Ryan Cayabyab songs

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:12 AM

Listen to some of Mr C's most popular compositions through the years

The cast of Ang Larawan on Rappler #LiveJam, December 19, 2017

Duterte names 7 National Artists

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Larry Alcala, Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, Ryan Cayabyab, Francisco Mañosa, Resil Mojares, Ramon Muzones, and Kidlat Tahimik will be honored in Malacañang on October 24

Dolphy as National Artist? Son Epy Quizon: 'We don’t need a trophy'

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:07 PM

'We need people believing that my father was part of their culture. ‘Yun okay na kami,' says the actor

Cirilo F. Bautista and Baguio: How the poet became the muse of the city

May 08, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The Baguio Writers Group has since expanded, and literature is no longer the weak link in the Baguio art scene, thanks to the Sampaloc boy who decided to teach here more than 50 years ago

BAGUIO'S MUSE. Cirilo Bautista leaves a lasting legacy in the city, where he started writing and met his future wife. Photo courtesy of Shirley Lua

Robredo on West Philippine Sea, Cirilo Bautista dies, North Korea on U.S. | Midday wRap

May 07, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista dies

May 06, 2018 - 12:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang sends its condolences to the family and friends of the late National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista

LOOK: Nation pays tribute to late National Artist Napoleon Abueva

Feb 24, 2018 - 5:57 PM

National Artist Napoleon Abueva is laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Sereno on impeachment, Cayetano on Manalo, Quiboloy denies detention | Evening wRap

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

IN PHOTOS: The late National Artist Napoleon Abueva’s iconic work

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:01 PM

The National Artist for Visual Arts (Sculpture) created some of the most famous statues and landmarks we see every day

SUNBURST. National Artist Napoleon Abueva's sculpture hangs from The Peninsula Manila's lobby ceiling. Screengrab from Instagram/thepeninsulamanila

National Artist Napoleon Abueva dies

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:53 AM

(2ND UPDATE) The Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture was 88

Nominations for National Artists 2018 start; Nora Aunor automatically listed

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Submissions will be accepted until September 30 2017 and will go through 3 levels of deliberations

FEU pays tribute to national artist Nick Joaquin

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:14 PM

FEU celebrates the works of the late national artist through lectures exhibits and a book relaunch

WATCH: Interview with Gemino Abad, poet and literary critic

Apr 26, 2017 - 2:37 PM

What projects excite internationally-renowned poet Gemino 'Jimmy' Abad? Find out in this episode of 'Akdang-Buhay.'

WATCH: Interview with Cirilo Bautista, National Artist for Literature

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Akdang-Buhay: Cirilo Bautista talks about coming full circle from his humble beginnings to giving back to the less fortunate but talented writers

WATCH: Interview with Virgilio Almario, National Artist for Literature

Apr 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Akdang-Buhay: Rio Alma talks about the factors that shaped his poetry

WATCH: Interview with F. Sionil Jose, National Artist for Literature

Apr 17, 2017 - 6:01 PM

Akdang-Buhay: F. Sionil Jose talks about literature, colonialism, and class struggles

WATCH: Interview with Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Akdang-Buhay: Bienvenido Lumbera talks about poetry and activism

WATCH: Interview with Edith Tiempo, National Artist for Literature

Apr 11, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Akdang-Buhay: The late Edith Tiempo – in an interview with DM Reyes filmed in 2011 – talks about life as a poet, fictionist, literary critic, and teacher

Joma open to coming home over peace talks or Nat'l Artist award

Apr 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED I am most likely to visit the Philippines to promote and advance the peace process CPP founder Jose Maria Sison tells Rappler

RETURN TO PH? The CPP founder says two things may motivate his homecoming. Photo from Joma Sison's Facebook page

In protest of Marcos burial, national artist's remains exhumed

Aug 08, 2016 - 5:11 PM

The family of National Artist Cesar Legaspi makes good on their promise to transfer his remains from the Libingan ng mga Bayani before September 11 the late dictator s birthdate

FULL LIST: Aquino confers National Artist awards 2016

Apr 12, 2016 - 7:44 PM

UPDATED Nine Filipinos were formally conferred the National Artist award

NATIONAL ARTIST AWARDS. President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the Order of National Artist awardees for a photo during the Conferment Ceremonies at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Thursday, April 14. Also in photo are (in any order) Alicia Garcia Reyes-Dance, Filomena Coching (wife)-Visual Arts (Posthumous), Rebecca Feliciano (wife)-Music (Posthumous), Pilar Zaragoza (wife)-Architecture (Posthumous), Ramon Santos-Music and Cirilo Bautista-Literature, Manuel Jun Urbano (son)-Film (Posthumous), Christian Alcuaz (son)-Visual Arts and Raphael Francisco (son)-Literature (Posthumous). Photo by Benjamin Basug/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Netizens support #WhangOd, share tattoo photos

Oct 02, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Do you have a tattoo made by Whang Od? Snap a photo and share it on social media

'Cordilleran tattooer should get Nat'l Living Treasure, not Nat'l Artist Award'

Sep 30, 2015 - 10:46 PM

She is history She is truly an Alagad ng Sining for the part of culture most Filipinos have forgotten

VIRAL: Declare known Igorot tattooer a National Artist

Sep 30, 2015 - 11:26 AM

At 97 years old Whang Od Oggay is recognized for her world class contribution to the art of tattoo making that is genuinely Filipino

Get to know the women National Artists and Scientists

Mar 29, 2015 - 3:00 PM

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

Farewell to Abdulmari Imao

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:56 PM

There was more to Mr Imao s art than those motifs that have made him famous writes Duffie Hufana Osental

#ShareBaguio: BenCab: Finding his muse in the highlands

Dec 17, 2014 - 2:14 PM

National Artist Benedicto BenCab Cabrera found his sanctuary in Baguio City How does living in the highlands inspire his work as an artist?

National Artist for Visual Arts Abdulmari Imao dies

Dec 16, 2014 - 9:20 PM

The renowned artist was 78

National Artist for Music Francisco Feliciano dies

Sep 19, 2014 - 10:12 PM

The late artist founded the Asian Institute of Liturgy and Music and was the president of the Samba Likhaan Foundation

UP honors Nora Aunor with Gawad Plaridel Award

Aug 27, 2014 - 9:57 PM

The actress says receiving the award is one of the most important things to happen in her life

6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Festival kicks off August 29

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Headlining this year’s event is a forum on the relevance of the National Artist Award

Cheers, standing ovation as Nora Aunor wins Best Actress for ‘Hustisya’

Aug 11, 2014 - 11:59 AM

The actress thanked fans and supporters promising that she will continue to make films as long as there s an audience

Nora Aunor to receive 2014 UP Gawad Plaridel Award

Jul 18, 2014 - 8:49 PM

The award is in recognition of the esteemed actress unique artistry and versatility as a singer as well as of her diverse body of work in film

EDITORIAL CARTOON: Ang palalong Pangulong Aquino

Jul 07, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Ang nangyari nabulungan ang Pangulo ng honors committee ng Palasyo tungkol sa kasong droga na kinaharap noong araw ni Nora Aunor Kabalintunaang pinanatili niya ang komiteng ito samantalang ito’y imbensiyon ng sinundan niyang pangulo

#PugadBaboy: Noranian punchline 2

Jul 05, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Noranian punchline 3

Jul 05, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Noranian

Jul 05, 2014 - 5:00 AM

The Nora Aunor story

Jul 02, 2014 - 8:15 AM

The President does not recognize how amazing the Nora Aunor story is because his own narrative is so far removed from it

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