Blaan mat weaver declared national artist

09 Mar 2017
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MALAPATAN, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) - Barangay Chairman Moner Calulong and his councilors acknowledge the appearance of Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) national artist on mat weaving Bae Estelita Tumandan Bantilan (in tribal dress, center), from Sitio Upper Lasang, during a courtesy call and orientation in the regular session of the Sangguniang Pambarangay on March 1 at Barangay Sapu Masla. Along with them were the representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Reden Ulo and Maribeth Bantilan Farnazo of the Provincial IMPR office who nominated her to the NCCA. From the Office of the President, Proclamation No. 126 on January 6, 2017 upon the recommendation of the NCCA pursuant to RA 7355 which provides for the recognition of National Living Treasures, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Bantilan, 75, as Manlilikha Ng Bayan for 2016. Bantilan was the first declared national artist on mat weaving in Sarangani. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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