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Aquino cites contributions of the year’s ‘Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan’ awardees to national advancement

Posted On 2012 Nov 12
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President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the 2012 Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan awardees inabel weaver Magdalena Gamayo and tabungaw maker Teofilo Garcia for a photo souvenir during the awarding ceremonies at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace on Thursday (November 08). The National Living Treasures Award is the highest award given to traditional artists by the Philippine Government. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 8 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the contributions of the two Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan awardees in preserving the country’s traditional arts which, he said, are vital to our national advancement.

In his speech at the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan awarding ceremonies held at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang Palace on Thursday, the Chief Executive lauded inabel weaver Magdalena Gamayo and gourd casque maker Teofilo Garcia, who both hail from the northern provinces, for their achievements in their respective crafts.

President Benigno S. Aquino III confers the 2012 Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Award to Magdalena Gamayo during the awarding ceremonies at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace on Thursday (November 08). Gamayo, an inabel weaver from Pinili, Ilocos Norte, was honored for her work in safeguarding and promoting the traditional art of textile weaving. The National Living Treasures Award is the highest award given to traditional artists by the Philippine Government. (MNS photo)

“Mapalad po tayong makasama ngayon si Magdalena Gamayo, ng Lumbaan, Pinili, Ilocos Norte. Labing anim na taon lang po siya nang matutuhan ang paghahabi, at hanggang ngayon—sa edad na 88—hindi pa rin kumukupas ang ganda at husay ng kanyang mga likhang sining,” he said.

“Gayundin po ang pagpapakitang-gilas ng isa pa nating awardee, si Ginoong Teofilo Garcia, batikan sa paglikha ng tabungaw. Labinlimang taong gulang naman po siya nang linangin ang kasanayan sa larangang ito. Makalipas po ang 55 taon, siya na lang ang natitirang gumagawa ng tabungaw sa San Quintin, Abra,” he said.

The Chief Executive stressed that his administration remains committed to preserve, maintain, secure and promote the country’s culture and the arts.

“Tungkulin po ng Estado na panatilihin, pangalagaan, at pagyamanin ang ating sining at kultura. Sa pangunguna ng National Commission for Culture and the Arts, at sa pakikiisa ng iba’t ibang sektor, patuloy tayong magbibigay parangal sa ating mga manlilikha, at maglalatag ng mga programang susuporta sa ating katutubong sining,” President Aquino said.

“Nais po nating ang kasanayan at kaalamang taglay ng ating mga awardee ay mananatiling buhay sa kasalukuyan at sa susunod na salinlahi. Nawa’y tangkilikin ang mga obra maestrang ito, hindi lamang sa rehiyon kung saan ito nagmula, kundi maging sa kalakhang lipunan. Mulat tayong gaano man kayaman ang sining at kultura, may panganib itong maglaho kung hindi maipapamana sa susunod na henerasyon,” he said.

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the 2012 Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan awarding ceremonies at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace on Thursday (November 08). The National Living Treasures Award is the highest award given to traditional artists by the Philippine Government. In the photo are National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairman Prof. Felipe de Leon and Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan committee chairperson Elena Rivera Mirano.(MNS photo)

He assured that his government continues to provide programs for the development of the country’s culture and arts adding that his administration would also provide support to our national artists.

“Karapat-dapat lang po na kaakibat ng matatanggap ninyong pagkilala, ang karampatang mga benepisyo para sa inyo. Kasama po rito ang serbisyong pangkalusugan at buwanang pensyon, upang kahit paano’y masuklian ang inyong malaking ambag sa lipunan. Pinatutunayan po ninyong ang mga pamana ng lahi ay lalong nagpapatingkad sa yaman ng bayan,” he said.

The President likewise called on the Filipino people to support the works of our artists to preserve, maintain, secure and promote the country’s culture and the arts.

“Mantakin po ninyo, sa tulong ng ating mga awardee, ang mga produktong ginamit pa ng ating mga ninuno, pati na ng mga dayuhang nakipag-kalakal sa ating bayan, ay nananatiling buhay sa kasalukuyan,” he said.

“Tunay nga pong ang mga likhang sining na ito ay tatak-Pinoy: marami ang pakinabang, masusing pinag-isipan, at pangmatagalan. Ito po ang iniiwang hamon at inspirasyon nina Nanay Magdalena at Ginoong Garcia sa atin – ang pagmamahal sa sining, at pagdidilig ng ibayong sipag at dedikasyon upang mapayabong ito,” he said. (MNS)

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