(Manila, the Philippines)—Last March 10, the Cultural Center of the Philippines held the official awarding ceremony for the 2021 Thirteen Artists Awards.
I am so grateful to have been selected for this cohort. And even more grateful that my parents went and accepted the award on my behalf.
Yay, Mom and Dad! Mom beat COVID-19 earlier this year, so this was awesome.
The Thirteen Artists Awards is the oldest government award for Filipino artists. Present at the ceremony are Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Chairperson Margarita Moran-Floirendo, Trustee Attorney Lorna Kapunan, and past Thirteen Artists Awardees Nap Jamir and Gerry Tan.
The ceremony was followed by the opening of the exhibition of the artists, which was curated by past Thirteen Artists Awardee Shireen Seno.
These amazing trophies are designed by 2006 Thirteen Artist Awardee Mac Valdezco. I’m thrilled to have one and look forward to seeing it in person on my next visit.
Thank you so much to the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Visual Arts and Museum Division team!
Photos by Orly Daquipil and courtesy of the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division