Sen. Edgardo Angara was given the Dangal ng Haraya award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on June 21 at the National Museum. The Dangal ng Haraya is an award given by the NCCA to someone who has great contributions for Philippine culture and arts. It also entitles him the title of “Patron of arts and culture.”
The NCCA chose to confer the award to Angara for his continuous support for culture and the arts. Currently, Angara is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture. He is also a board member of the NCCA.
He is also one of the legislators, along with former senators Heherson Alvarez and Leticia Ramos-Shahani and Hon. Carlos Padilla, who penned the Republic Act 7356, or the bill that formed the NCCA. He is also responsible for the National Cultural Heritage Act and the formulation of the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino and National Museum.
During the anniversary concert of the NCCA on June 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Angara was also given the Punla award, an award given to personalities who helped in shaping the NCCA.