MANILA, Philippines - The 5th Ani ng Dangal Awards held Friday, March 8, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines was a night of intensely moving art in all its forms.
Nothing less can be expected of the awards ceremony, the culminating event of the 2013 Philippine Arts Festival held by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr led the ceremony to recognize Filipinos who have brought honor to the country by winning in international competitions in their respective fields.
Award-winning hip hop group The Crew dance for the audience
In his welcoming remarks, he declared, “The arts lead the way for all other kinds of development. Our artists, just like the artists of the European Renaissance, will always be at the vanguard of human progress.”
Among the winners were actresses Nora Aunor and Shamaine Buencamino, singer Sarah Geronimo, directors Brillante Mendoza (“Thy Womb”), Marty Syjuco (“Give Up Tomorrow”) and Marlon Rivera (“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank”).
The Cinema category was blessed with the most number of awardees with a total of 15.
Dancers Maradee de Guzman and Liza Dino captivate audiences with a powerful performance
The night was peppered with performances by some of the winners themselves.
Sarah Geronimo performed the “Ani ng Sining” theme song and was announced as the new NCCA Goodwill Ambassador for Music.
Best Dancers at the Cheonan World Dance Competition 2012 Peter Laurent Callangan and Irina Feleo performed their award-winning indigenous dance.
Nora Aunor smiles through happy tears as she accepts her award beside NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon and other members of NCCA
The hip hop dance group The Crew regaled audiences with their upbeat, modern choreography. The group won the Gold Medal at the 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championship held in Las Vegas.
Operatic singer Joseleo Logdat, Grand Prix winner at the 6th Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan moved the audiences as well with two songs.
Here is the list of winners and their international achievements:
Architecture & Allied Arts
The Halili-Cruz Ballet Company performs an award-winning dance
Singer Joseleo Logdat and pianist Belinda Baltazar perform the night's doxology
Irina Feleo and Peter Laurent Callangan perform the dance that won them awards at the Cheonan World Dance Competition 2012
All Ani ng Dangal winners go on stage and are joined by National Artist Eddie Romero (middle, in grey long-sleeved top)
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