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Nicanor G. Tiongson edits Encyclopedia of Philippine Art now online with millennials in mind

 

Who is Nicanor G. Tiongson and why was the one chosen by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to be editor of the Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (EPA) for the first and second publications of the comprehensive annals?

 

Nicanor G. Tiongson is no ordinary writer, researcher, artist, mentor and critic and these attributes qualify him to be on top of the exclusive research material on Philippine arts and culture. He has published several award-winning books notably on theater like the historically informative “Kasaysayan ng Komedya sa Pilipinas 1766-1982” etc.

 

He has researched on many interesting and pertinent information on diverse topics especially on literature and its related aesthetics like his essay on “values in Filipino drama and film.”

 

He has written many plays and stage musicals like “Mabining Mandirigma,” a theater adaptation on the life and heroism of Apolinario Mabini etc.

He is a very active member and former president of the prestigious and credible award-giving body Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP).

 

Tiongson is a well-rounded intellectual who is more than qualified to edit a no-nonsense compendium of information on Filipino arts and culture. His dependable team of researchers is diligent, knowledgeable and resourceful.

 

In 1994, he was already the editor of EPA and he made an exceptional work.

 

Way back then, only a few popular art entries were included in the edition but still comprehensive of the various representatives of the eight (8) arts. Expectedly, the contents were the likes of Fernando Amorsolo, Vicente Manansala etc. for visual arts; Amado Hernandez, Nick Joaquin, Jose Garcia Villa etc. for literature; Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Repertory Philippines etc. for theater; Lukresia Kasilag, Felipe Padilla de Leon etc. for music; Napoleon Abueva, Guillermo Tolentino for sculpture etc. There were also various terminologies, customs and traditions which the eight arts had spawned that had meaningful and influential expressions and ethos in the lives of the Filipinos.

 

Although this writer had heard from entertainment writer Art Tapalla that Cecil Guidote-Alvarez wasn’t included in the first edition. “Itinanong ko kay Nick Tiongson kung bakit wala si Cecil sa unang edition pero hindi naman niya sinagot (I asked Nick Tiongson why Cecil wasn’t in the first edition but he didn’t answer me),” said Art.

 

Why can’t Guidote-Alvarez be not in the list when she was the organizer of PETA?

 

Tapalla might be looking for an extended or specialized description of Cecil in the encyclopedia but just being the prime mover and the spirit behind PETA surely couldn’t be overlooked.  

 

Tiongson didn’t sit on his laurels when he explored other areas of art like the pop and popular art.

 

 

In 2018, the second edition was launched and it had many popular art forms like broadcast media which included radio and other non-conventional art forms. They were the brainchildren of Tiongson and his team. According to Michele Logarta, the current manager of the publicity division of CCP, Nick—Tiongson’s wanted to be inclusive of all arts—high and low (in the perception of an elite gauge) that represent all classes of Philippine society in finding the true identity of the Filipino in the arts.

 

Radio as a mass communication was considered as a component of broadcast arts and iconic soap operas like “Ito ang Inyong Tia Dely” by domestic problem adviser host Dely Magpayo from her early days at DZRH and later in the pre-Martial Law ABS-CBN and back to DZRH before her death was recognized as a legitimate art.

 

During the launch of the EPA two years ago, it was Betsy Enriquez, a multimedia personality and professor at UP led the research team for broadcast media arts.  

 

Television drama like “My Husband’s Lover,” a GMA Network and other teleseryes were classified as an art form.

 

Komiks or the illustrated comic strips were also given its due so that its forerunners like Francisco V. Coching or Mars Ravelo’s creations were included in the EPA.   

 

In music and dance, hip hop and strut were also entered in the encyclopedia as artistic expressions of the Filipino youth.

 

Tiongson was indeed thinking also of the millennials and the Gen Z lot so that Philippine art and culture is a driving force and a partner in progress and development of a human person and the nation as a whole.

 

In the advent of social media where the most of the Filipino youth was glued, the transport of the physical EPA to digital platform was imperative so CCP finally transformed the print version to its soft copy.

 

Initially, according to Logarta, a digital encyclopedia was in the pipeline for the 2018 project but Tiongson and his team fought for its physical book edition and prevailed.

 

It was recently launched in a virtual ceremony to affirm the mandate of the CCP to make art matter for every Filipino. Spearheaded by the CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado, the EPA digital edition is a realization of an arduous work to meet the demands of the current social atmosphere not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but the new normal.

 

Millado proudly said that the EPA online can be viewed, watched and digested with the need of an internet connection and subscription. “The project is an answer to the challenge of contemporary times to access information right away without the constraints of distance and time,” said Chris.

 

The website added Millado comprises up-to-date information about different art forms as well as additional visuals like videos.

 

The website has nine sections. The section on Peoples of the Philippines contains the master essays on 54 ethnolinguistic groups, arranged alphabetically from Aeta to Yakan. The next eight sections focus on the eight arts, namely: Architecture, Visual Arts, Film, Dance, Music, Theater, Broadcast Arts and Literature.

 

Each section is further divided into Historical Essays, Forms and Types, Aspects, Works, and Artists and Organizations.

He has spread progressive and utilitarian education to his undergraduate and graduate students on Philippine studies and literature. This writer should know because he was his professor in Philippine Drama in his unfinished master’s degree in Filipino Literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. During and after his teaching stints at UP, he was visiting prof to foreign universities like University of California, Berkeley etc.

 

He is a very active member and former president of the prestigious and credible award-giving body Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP).

 

Tiongson is a well-rounded intellectual who is more than qualified to edit a no-nonsense compendium of information on Filipino arts and culture. His dependable team of researchers is diligent, knowledgeable and resourceful.

 

In 1994, he was already the editor of EPA and he made an exceptional work.

 

Way back then, only a few popular art entries were included in the edition but still comprehensive of the various representatives of the eight (8) arts. Expectedly, the contents were the likes of Fernando Amorsolo, Vicente Manansala etc. for visual arts; Amado Hernandez, Nick Joaquin, Jose Garcia Villa etc. for literature; Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Repertory Philippines etc. for theater; Lukresia Kasilag, Felipe Padilla de Leon etc. for music; Napoleon Abueva, Guillermo Tolentino for sculpture etc. There were also various terminologies, customs and traditions which the eight arts had spawned that had meaningful and influential expressions and ethos in the lives of the Filipinos.

 

Although this writer had heard from entertainment writer Art Tapalla that Cecil Guidote-Alvarez wasn’t included in the first edition. “Itinanong ko kay Nick Tiongson kung bakit wala si Cecil sa unang edition pero hindi naman niya sinagot (I asked Nick Tiongson why Cecil wasn’t in the first edition but he didn’t answer me),” said Art.

 

Why can’t Guidote-Alvarez be not in the list when she was the organizer of PETA?

 

Tapalla might be looking for an extended or specialized description of Cecil in the encyclopedia but just being the prime mover and the spirit behind PETA surely couldn’t be overlooked.  

 

Tiongson didn’t sit on his laurels when he explored other areas of art like the pop and popular art.

 

In 2018, the second edition was launched and it had many popular art forms like broadcast media which included radio and other non-conventional art forms. They were the brainchildren of Tiongson and his team. According to Michele Logarta, the current manager of the publicity division of CCP, Nick—Tiongson’s wanted to be inclusive of all arts—high and low (in the perception of an elite gauge) that represent all classes of Philippine society in finding the true identity of the Filipino in the arts.

 

Radio as a mass communication was considered as a component of broadcast arts and iconic soap operas like “Ito ang Inyong Tia Dely” by domestic problem adviser host Dely Magpayo from her early days at DZRH and later in the pre-Martial Law ABS-CBN and back to DZRH before her death was recognized as a legitimate art.

 

During the launch of the EPA two years ago, it was Betsy Enriquez, a multimedia personality and professor at UP led the research team for broadcast media arts.  

 

Television drama like “My Husband’s Lover,” a GMA Network and other teleseryes were classified as an art form.

 

Komiks or the illustrated comic strips were also given its due so that its forerunners like Francisco V. Coching or Mars Ravelo’s creations were included in the EPA.   

 

In music and dance, hip hop and strut were also entered in the encyclopedia as artistic expressions of the Filipino youth.

 

Tiongson was indeed thinking also of the millennials and the Gen Z lot so that Philippine art and culture is a driving force and a partner in progress and development of a human person and the nation as a whole.

 

In the advent of social media where the most of the Filipino youth was glued, the transport of the physical EPA to digital platform was imperative so CCP finally transformed the print version to its soft copy.

 

Initially, according to Logarta, a digital encyclopedia was in the pipeline for the 2018 project but Tiongson and his team fought for its physical book edition and prevailed.

 

It was recently launched in a virtual ceremony to affirm the mandate of the CCP to make art matter for every Filipino. Spearheaded by the CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado, the EPA digital edition is a realization of an arduous work to meet the demands of the current social atmosphere not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but the new normal.

 

Millado proudly said that the EPA online can be viewed, watched and digested with the need of an internet connection and subscription. “The project is an answer to the challenge of contemporary times to access information right away without the constraints of distance and time,” said Chris.

 

The website added Millado comprises up-to-date information about different art forms as well as additional visuals like videos.

 

The website has nine sections. The section on Peoples of the Philippines contains the master essays on 54 ethnolinguistic groups, arranged alphabetically from Aeta to Yakan. The next eight sections focus on the eight arts, namely: Architecture, Visual Arts, Film, Dance, Music, Theater, Broadcast Arts and Literature.

 

Each section is further divided into Historical Essays, Forms and Types, Aspects, Works, and Artists and Organizations.

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