Stellar team assembled for ‘Lapulapu’ production for MET

July 14, 2021

The Metropolitan Theater (MET) is proud to announce the staging of the first production in the MET, “Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan,” scheduled this 30 August 2021.

Dexter Martinez Santos (Ang Huling El Bimbo) and Nicholas Pichay were handpicked by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chairperson Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso to lead the artistic team of the production, as director and playwright, respectively.

The director described this task as daunting, but he expressed, “the overflowing generosity and commitment of the whole company made this journey possible – every moment during the whole process was heartfelt and meaningful.”

Renowned tenor and theater actor Arman Ferrer headlines as Lapulapu, facing Tarech Tayec, who essays the role of Spanish conqueror Ferdinand Magellan. They will be joined by Red Nuestro (Humabon), Cara Barredo (Reyna Juana), Natasha Cabrera (Babaylan), Paw Castillo (Enrique De Malacca), Randy Villarama (Juan Sebastian de Elcano), Nelsito Gomez (Pigafetta) and Ivan Niccolo Nery (Papa Alexander XI/Padre Pedro de Valderrama) among many gifted performers.

Santos hopes that this new work will be a testament of the Filipinos’ undying commitment to history, culture and the arts, and a fitting event to commemorate the fifth centenary of the victory and humanity at Mactan and the rebirth of the Metropolitan Theater.

Lizaso assures this production will be, “a dramatic reminder of the Filipino people’s enduring and transcendent humanity, a testimony to the talents of the Filipino theater artist, and the maiden performance by which we welcome back the much-missed, and definitely beloved, Metropolitan Theater.

The program is produced by the NCCA in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as part of the National Quincentennial Commemoration.

July 12, 2021

Call for Proposal: NCCA 2022 Competitive Grants Program

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is now accepting submission of project proposals for the 2022 Competitive Grants Program. Deadline for submission of project proposals is on August 31, 2021.

Section 12.a.4 of Republic Act 7356 [NCCA Charter] authorizes the Commission to give grants to artists and cultural groups which contribute significantly to the Filipino’s cultural legacy as means to extend artistic achievement. Further, Section 13.h of the same law mandates the Commission to administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA) and give grants for the development, protection, preservation and dissemination of Philippine culture and arts.

The NCCA Competitive Grants Program is competitive in nature since the approval of project proposals pass through a rigorous and confidential evaluation process based on merit such as quality and relevance to Commission priorities.

The projects are categorized per Subcommissions—Subcommission on the Arts (SCA), Subcommission on Cultural Heritage (SCH), Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination (SCD), and Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA).  Proponents interested in implementing projects in each category shall submit a Project Proposal following the requirements.

All project proposals shall be addressed and submitted to:

Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division (P/PFPD) National Commission for Culture and the Arts Room 5-C, Fifth Floor, NCCA Building 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros 1002 Manila, Philippines Telephone Nos: (02) 8527-2192 (TL) loc. 509 Fax Nos: (02) 8527-2198 / (02) 8527-2209 / (02) 8527-2194 E-mail:

July 12, 2021

NCCA’s Ani ng Dangal Awards honors 63 artists this 2021

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) bestows this year’s Ani ng Dangal to sixty-three (63) artists in the field of architecture and allied arts, literary arts, music, visual arts, cinema, including veteran actors Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa.

Ani ng Dangal Awards or Harvest of Honors is an annual event celebrated as the highlight and concluding rite of the National Arts Month. Ani ng Dangal Awards recognizes artists who have earned highest international awards and accolades in nine (9) categories: Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Folk Arts and Broadcast Arts during the past year.

The sarimanok, a mythical bird of the Maranaos is the Ani Ng Dangal trophy sculpted by National Artist for Visual Arts, Abdulmari Asia Imao. The national artist transformed the sarimanok into a mono-winged creature with the National Arts Month rice stalk logo incorporated in the rampant wing’s feathers. the Maranaos’ mythical creature soars above a globe that symbolizes the height of artistic achievement in the global stage.

For 2021, the sixty-three (63) recipients of Ani ng Dangal Awards consist of—

Thirty-one (31) from cinema:

  • A Thousand Cuts by Ramona S. Diaz
  • Alon by Gabriel Fernandez
  • Ang Lihim ni Lea
  • Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos by Joanna Vasquez Arong
  • Aria by Carlo Catu
  • Aswang by Alyx Ayn Arumpac
  • Benjamin Tolentino
  • Breech Asher Harani
  • Cristine Reyes
  • Derick Cabrido
  • Dingdong Dantes
  • Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa
  • Elijah Canlas
  • Eric Ramos
  • Filipiñana by Rafael Manuel
  • Geraldo B. Jumawan
  • Isabel Sandoval
  • Jun Robles Lana
  • Lav Diaz
  • Lingua Franca by Isabel Sandoval
  • Louise Abuel
  • Mallorie Ortega
  • Maria Diane Ventura
  • Mary Rose Colindres
  • Pan de Salawal by Che Espiritu
  • Rainbow Sunset
  • Ruby Ruiz
  • School Service
  • Tarang by Arvin Belarmino
  • The Halt by Lav Diaz
  • Valerie Castillo Martinez

One (1) from Architecture and Allied Arts

  • SGS Design Landscape Architecture

Two (2) from Literary Arts

  • Joel Donato Ching Jacob
  • Enrique Villasis and Bernard Capinpin

Four (4) from Music

  • Damodar das Castillo
  • Niño Cesar Borromeo Tiro
  • Josue Greg Zuniega
  • Manila Camerata Artists

Twenty-five (25) from Visual Arts

  • Gabriel Agtay
  • Mark Anthony Portugal Agtay
  • Christopher G. Andres
  • Anthony Tario Austria
  • Rolando Batacan
  • Ferdinand Bedaña
  • Mark Belicario
  • Kimberly Kate Garsain Dayo
  • Buddy P. Gadiano
  • Donell Gumiran
  • Sherwin Flores
  • Mark Frederick Abejero Jereos
  • Eisa Jocson
  • Edwin Loyola
  • Sherwin Magsino
  • Hannah Reyes Morales
  • Jun Epifanio Pagalilauan
  • Jaylord Plaza
  • Froilan Caparas Robas
  • Archt. Don Ferdinand S. Tabbun
  • Maria Tanaguchi
  • Angelica Tejada
  • Maria Felicity Tejada
  • Roger Tingle
  • Jophel Botero Ybiosa

The Ani ng Dangal 2021 will be streamed this July 2021 via NCCA Facebook page.