CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- After being awarded Gold in Book by the International Photography Awards or IPA recently, the coffee table book “Tanam” (Reap) crafted and authored by a group of doctors from the Pampanga Medical Society (PMS) has been conferred by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) the “Ani ng Dangal” award visual arts during the 9th “Harvest of Honors” which culminated National Arts Month last February.
“Tanam” was conceptualized by first time publisher and past PMS president Dr. Agnes Lourdes Fernando and was created by a team of medical practitioners led by Dr. Paul Baltazar, Dr. Alice Buan and Dr. Angela Lauren Fernando.
The 100-page book highlights various arts and crafts, tourists’ destinations including century-old churches, various Kapampangan cuisines and the different facets of Pampanga. It is a consolidation of images about Kapampangan culture and bagged the top award for its compelling depiction of Kapampangan sensibilities.
Dizon-Fernando told Sun.Star Pampanga that the Ani ng Dangal award inspires them anew to work and highlight Kapampangan culture, heritage and tradition.
“It’s the first ever book to be done on Pampanga and we are proud that the PMS has come up with this project,” she said.
The leading doctors---who studied and learned photography for just six months to create the book---also competed against all regional and IPA international finalists at the Lucie Awards, putting “Tanam” alongside China, United States and Russia nominees which vied for honors at the Carnegie Hall in New York October 23 last year.
Honored with “Tanam” for visual arts were Allan Fesalbon Castañeda, Ananda Wisely, Danny Victoriano, Jamia Mei Tolentino, Joel Forte, Jophel Botero Ybiosa, Maria Angelica Tejada, Norman Isaac, and Trisha Co Reyes.
The Ani Ng Dangal is an annual project of the NCCA recognizing Filipino artists who have earned international awards and accolades during the past year. (JTD)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 12, 2017.
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