Ryan Cayabyab, Kidlat Tahimik among newly-hailed National Artists

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Composer Ryan Cayabyab and filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik will receive the National Artist title for Music and Film respectively. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — The National Commission for Culture and the Arts has released the names of individuals to receive the title of National Artist in their respective fields. Among them, are known composer Ryan Cayabyab and filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik. 

The National Artist title is the highest recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts. 

Cayabyab, who is among the supernova standard bearers of Filipino composition, received the title of National Artist for music. His works range from commissioned full-length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, a Mass set to unaccompanied chorus, and orchestral pieces, to commercial recordings of popular music, film scores and television specials. Meanwhile, Tahimik was named National Artist for Film.

Tahimik is a household name in the second golden age of Philippine cinema. Tahimik is known for his "Bathala na" style of film and art making, having produced masterpieces such as "Perfumed Nightmare" in 1977.

Other recipients of the National Artist title were the following:  

  • Francisco Mañosa (Architecture)
  • Ramon Muzones (Literature)
  • Resil Mojares (Literature) 
  • Larry Alcala (Visual Arts) 
  • Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio (Theater)

An awarding ceremony for the new National Artists will be held Wednesday at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.