IN CULTURATI last week, I started reviewing past Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awardees in the field of Arts and Culture, focusing mainly on awardees from the visual arts.
In 2008, Norman Tiotuico was the MOKA recipient for Arts and Culture. Kuya Norman is a winner in the Art Association of the Philippines annual art competitions many times over. He is credited for commissioned works in San Fernando like the Pasbul ning Kasalesayan and the San Fernando Historic Timeline and some of his monumental works are found at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City.
In 2010, the Pampanga Provincial Council amended the MOKA Ordinance to separate the Arts and Culture categories in the annual search. In that year, Archt. Lor Calma was the awardee in the arts category while noted Kapampangan linguistics scholar Michael Pangilinan was the awardee in the culture category.
In 2011, visual artist, chef, writer and a contemporary Renaissance man Claude Tayag was the recipient of the MOKA in the field of Arts. Kapampangan writer and language expert Venancio Samson was the recipient of the MOKA in the field of Culture.
In 2012, Allan Pineda Lindo or Apl.de.Ap of Black Eyed Peas fame received the MOKA in the Arts category while Lilian Borromeo, notable Kapampangan culinary expert, received the MOKA in the Culture category. Last year, there was no MOKA Awardee in the field of the Arts but Kapampangan academician and linguistics scholar Dr. Anicia Del
Corro was the awardee in the Culture category.
For several years now, I have had the privilege to serve with tito Robbie Tantingco in the MOKA Executive Committee. Tito Robbie is the man behind the success of the Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies and an indefatigable Kapampangan cultural worker. He was awarded the MOKA for Arts and Culture in 2004.
Other past MOKA awardees for visual arts are Danny Pangan (2006), Galo Ocampo (1982), Daniel Dizon (1987), Juan C. Flores (1982 and 1988), Florante Henson (1989), Enrique Dizon (1992), Nicanor Reyes (1997), Eliseo Garcia (1998), Jose Macapagal (1999), and Manuel Yutuc (2000).
Other MOKA Awardees in the field of Arts and Culture include Antonio Pena (2007), Peter De Vera (2003), Evelyn Pantig (2003), Andy Alviz (2002), Dr. Albina Pecson – Fernandez (2001), Fides Cuyugan Asencio (1999), Geronimo Del Rosario (1998), Sharon Cuneta (1994), Jaimee Rivera (1993), Leonardo Tulabut (1993), Serafin Quiazon (1987), Dr. Evangeline Lacson (1985), Renato Tayag (1983), and Cecile Licad (1979).
My list is not yet exhaustive and will require an extended review of our MOKA archives at the Provincial Library. In recent history there were also MOKA awardees in different fields but were also artists and cultural workers like Dennis Villanueva Sun, Japan-based graphic designer and illustrator, but was a MOKA awardee in Mass Media, filmmaker Brillante Mendoza who was also an awardee in the mass media category, leading heritage advocate and expert Ivan Anthony Henares, a MOKA Awardee for youth service, and composer and music advocate Benito Escasa, an Honorary MOKA recipient.
Kapampangans continue to make waves in art circles here and abroad. I do hope that in the coming MOKA 2014 and beyond, we would be able to add more deserving names to our list of awardees in the fields of arts and culture.