Photo courtesy: NCCA

28 February 2024
Embassy Press and Information Section

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As National Arts Month (NAM) comes to a close, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. joins the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in congratulating this year’s Ani ng Dangal awardees.

The Ani ng Dangal (or Harvest of Honor) is a state recognition given by the NCCA as the highlight and concluding rite of the NAM. It is an annual event to celebrate Filipino talent who have earned highest international awards and accolades in the categories of Architecture and Allied Arts, Cinema, Dance, Literary Arts, Music, and Visual Arts. Full list of awardees can be found here: (

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. was present during the Ani ng Dangal 2024 ceremonies at the Metropolitan Theatre in Manila. “Government must take the lead and the reason why I consider it very, very important and I’ve always done so, is because the culture of a country is the definition of its people,” he said. The President also emphasized “the culture is the shared consciousness of the Filipino and it is the answer to the question what is it to be Filipino.”

The twenty-six (26) Ani ng Dangal awardees received a trophy that is a stylized sarimanok sculpted by National Artist for Visual Arts Abdulmari Imao, which represents the Filipino artist’s achievements in the global stage. The logo of Ani ng Dangal—stylized rice stalk, alludes to the rice harvest as a metaphor for an art harvest: a product of the creative process that expresses the dreams, aspirations, and ideals of the Filipino artist. It bears seven grains, which is representative of the seven arts, while its bright colors evoke the festive mood of NAM, symbolizing the abundance and excellence of Filipino artistry.

Special mention of 2024 Ani ng Dangal Awardees who have won in recent competitions held in the USA:

Cinema Category:

“When you left me on that boulevard”

Kayla Abuda Galang

Winner, Short Film Grand Jury Prize

2023 Sundance FIlm Festival

Utah, USA


“Blue Room”

Ma-an Asuncion-Dagnalan

Best Foreign Film, 19th Edition of LA Femme International Film Festival

Los Angeles, California


Dance Category:

Legit Status Dance Crew

Gold Medalist, Megacrew division

2023 World Hip Hop Dance Championship

Phoenix, Arizona


HQ Dance Collective

Champion, Adult division

2023 World Hip Hop Dance Championship

Phoenix, Arizona


Halili-Cruz School of Ballet’s

Princess Arvinah Caballero

Paula Mariel Evangelio

Phoemela Angela Esluzar

Angela Marie Lopez

Katherine Marie Furugganan

Alexa Denise Vecencio

Gia Simone Garin

1st Place, various categories

2023 Nuvo Dance Convention (Utah, USA)

2023 Asia Pacific Dance Competition


Music Category:

Jannina Eliana G. Pena

First Prize, Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship

2022, USA


Young Voices of the Philippines

Champion, 12th Golden Gate International Choral Festival

San Francisco, USA