MALACAÑANG
MANILA

PROCLAMATION NO. 1144

DECLARING FRANCISCA REYES AQUINO, CARLOS V. FRANCISCO, AMADO V. HERNANDEZ, ANTONIO J. MOLINA, JUAN F. NAKPIL, GUILLERMO E. TOLENTINO AND JOSE GARCIA VILLA NATIONAL ARTISTS; AND AMENDING PROCLAMATION NO. 1001 DATED APRIL 27, 1972, BY CREATING A NATIONAL ARTISTS AWARDS COMMITTEE, HEREINAFTER TO ADMINISTER THE CONFERMENT OF THE AWARD/DECORATION OF NATIONAL ARTIST.

WHEREAS, a category known as National Artist was created under Proclamation No. 1001 dated April 27, 1972, and the late Fernando Amorsolo was declared a National Artist for his contributions in the field of arts;

WHEREAS, the works of Francisca Reyes Aquino, Carlos V. Francisco, Amado V. Hernandez, Antonio J. Molina, Juan F. Nakpil, Guillermo E. Tolentino and Jose Garcia Villa, are true expressions of the genius of this country, known in the Philippines and abroad to be of such artistic excellence as to be significant contributions to the cultural heritage not only of our people but also our world; and
WHEREAS, it is only fitting that the Government of the Philippines, pursuing a policy of preserving Filipino culture and national identity, give due recognition to the contributions of these persons in the field of arts and letters;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law and upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and pursuant to Proclamation 1001 dated April 27, 1972, creating the Award and Decoration of National Artist, do hereby declare FRANCISCA REYES AQUINO, CARLOS V. FRANCISCO, AMADO V. HERNANDEZ, ANTONIO J. MOLINA, JUAN F. NAKPIL, GUILLERMO E. TOLENTINO AND JOSE GARCIA VILLA National Artists.

FURTHERMORE, Proclamation No. 1001 dated April 27, 1972, creating the Award and Decoration of National Artist, is hereby amended by creating a National Artists Award Committee, hereinafter to administer the conferment of the category of National Artist upon those deserving thereof.  The Committee, which shall be composed of the members of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, shall organize itself immediately, and shall draft the rules to guide its deliberations in the choice of National Artists, to the end that those who have created a body of work in the arts and in letters capable of withstanding the test of time be so recognized.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 15th day of May in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-three.

(SGD.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS
President of the Philippines

By the President:

(SGD.) ALEJANDRO MELCHOR
Executive Secretary


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