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Monday, September 6, 2010

Living Treasures, Hollywood Celebrities

Since 1993, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has recognized eight national living treasures - folk or traditional artists who have employed indigenous materials to create valuable artworks depicting their respective communities. Those rewarded were Masino Intaray, a poet, musician and story teller from Makagwa Valley, Palawan; Samaon Sulaiman, a kutyapi player from Maganoy, Maguindanao; Ginaw Bilog, a Mangyan poet from Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro; Lang Dulay, a T'boli artist from South Cotobato; Salinta Monon, a Tagabawa-Bagobo weaver from Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alonzo Saclag, a dance researcher from Lubuagan, Kalinga; Federico Caballero, a Sulod-Bukidnon epic chanter from Kalinog, Iloilo; and Uwang Ahadas, a Yakan musician from Lamitan, Basilan. (Source: National Commission for Culture and the Arts)

Hollywood Celebrities
Among the Hollywood celebrities who have claimed that they have Filipino blood running in their veins are Dean Devlin, writer and producer of several hit films like Independence Day and Godzilla; Rob Schneider, a comedian, writer and actor who appeared in Judge Dredd, Down Periscope, Big Daddy, Deuce Bigolow and The Animal; Lou Diamond Phillips, the lead actor in Bats; Paolo Montalban, the lead actor in the hit TV series Mortal Kombat; Tia Carrere, a pretty actress from Hawaii who starred in True Lies alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Ernie Reyes Jr., a martial arts expert, who appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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