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Gawad CCP awards Asia's oldest creative writing program


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Asia's oldest creative writing program, the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, received the Tanging Parangal for arts training and education in the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, the highest award given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
 
The 51st National Writers Workshop at Silliman University. Photos by TJ Dimacali
Founded in 1962 by couple Dr. Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist for Literature Dr. Edith L. Tiempo., the workshop is known for its roster of alumni and panelists, which CCP described as a veritable list of "who's who" in Philippine letters. 
 
Silliman University is home to Asia's oldest creative writing program, which received the Tanging Parangal for arts training and education in the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining 2012
"The Gawad CCP 2012 award is a timely recognition of the Workshop as it celebrates its golden anniversary this year," the CCP said in a press release.
 
The 2012 Gawad CCP Para sa Sining was also given to seven individuals, including the late Comedy King Rodolfo "Dolphy" Quizon, for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture.
 
An emotional Zsa Zsa Padilla received the medal in behalf of Dolphy, who was the 2012 Gawad CCP Para sa Sining awardee for Film and Broadcast Arts. 
 
Apart from Dolphy, other individuals who received the award were Zeneida A. Amador for Theater; Cirilo F. Bautista for Literature; Brenda V. Fajardo for Visual Arts; Agnes Locsin for Dance, Ramon P. Santos for Music; and Florentino H. Hornedo for Cultural Anthropology.
 
Given every three years, the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is awarded to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form, CCP said.
 
The award is also given to cultural workers, who through their works in research, curatorship and administration, have helped to develop and enrich Philippine art, it added.
 
The 2012 Gawad CCP Para sa Sining awardees were named last December
 
The awards were given in a ceremony on February 27, 2013, at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). —Carmela G. Lapeña/KG, GMA News
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