Tony Mabesa Conferred as National Artist for Theater
Tony Mabesa has just been conferred as a National Artist for Theater.
Mabesa established Dulaang UP in 1976 and the UP Playwrights Theatre in 1986. According to the UP Diliman website, he spearheaded the development of the theater arts curriculum at the university, which includes the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Master of Arts, and Certificate in Theatre Arts. He also directed and acted in hundreds of plays and films. Mabesa passed away in 2019.
This conferment for Tony Mabesa is the ninth to be awarded under the Theater category. He joins Daisy Avellana, Honorata “Atang” de la Rama, Rolando S. Tínio, Salvador F. Bernál, Lamberto V. Avellana, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, Severino Montano, and Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio.
New National Artists for 2022 also include Agnes Locsin for Dance, Salvacion Lim-Higgins for Design (Fashion), Nora Villamayor a.k.a Nora Aunor, Ricardo “Ricky” Lee and Marilou Diaz-Abaya for Film and Broadcast Arts, Gemino Abad for Literature, and Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for Music.