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Francisco V. Coching has finally been declared a National Artist via Proclamation 808.

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION N0. 808

DECLARING FRANCISCO V. COCHING (POSTHUMOUS) AS NATIONAL ARTIST FOR VISUAL ARTS

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines provides for patronage of arts and letters by the State;

WHEREAS, the Order of National Artists Award was established under Proclamation No. 1001 (s. 1972) to give appropriate recognition and prestige to Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters;

WHEREAS, the Order of National Artists Award is jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, acting as the Order of National Artists Award Secretariat, by virtue of Proclamation No. 1144 (s. 1973) and Republic Act No. 7356 or the “Law Creating the National Commission for Culture and the Arts”; and

WHEREAS, the works and achievements of Francisco V. Coching has left a lasting influence on the succeeding generations of younger cartoonists and his comics as popular art has helped forge the practice and consciousness of Filipino as a national language.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and existing laws, upon the joint recommendation of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, do hereby declare Francisco V. Coching as National Artist, with the privileges and emoluments attached thereto.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 20th day of June, Two Thousand and Fourteen.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR.
Executive Secretary

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To be honest, I can hardly believe it. I previously wrote a pessimistic post about Coching and his chances of becoming a National Artist in this blog post. I’m very very glad to have been proven wrong, and I’m very happy to realize that the Philippine government, as well as the NCCA respects komiks enough (at least in this case) to have made this possible.

This is kind of a big deal because finally, not only did Coching receive this distinction, but it also elevated Philippine komiks as something to be respected and celebrated. That komiks is truly a part of, and an important part of Philippine culture.

Congratulations to the Coching Family, congratulations to the Filipino people, at Mabuhay ang Pinoy Komiks!

Comments

3 Responses to “Francisco V. Coching is Now a National Artist”

  1. Jules Hernando on June 22nd, 2014 8:51 am

    sir gerry, congratulations. alam ko po adbokasiya mo ito kaya nagagalak ako. bukod pa roon, naniniwala ako sa galing ni francisco coching, mars, ravelo, at iba pa.

    kung maiimbitahan po ba kayo na magsalita tungkol kay francisco coching ay magpapaunlak kayo?

    pasensiya na sa small caps. nababagalan ako sa paggamit ng shift button.

    mabuhay ang filipino comics artists!

  2. Paul Garcia on June 22nd, 2014 11:46 am

    Hindi nasayang ang laban, maestro!

  3. Allan Sioson on July 2nd, 2014 12:52 pm

    Hi Gerry, — I think you mentioned (in one of your previous blog posts?) that there are plans to re-publish Coching’s works other than El Indio and Lapu-Lapu. Would you know if we can expect more of Coching’s works being re-published anytime soon?