The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Philippine Post Office launched the Commemorative Stamp for the Centennial Birth Anniversary of National Artist for Theatre Severino Montano at the Leandro Locsin Auditorium of NCCA on March 12.
The stamp celebrates Montano’s contributions in the field of Theatre Arts. He was declared as National Artist for Theatre in 2001.
A celebrated thespian and playwright during the 50s, Severino Montano’s works include “Sabina,” “But Not My Sons Any Longer,” “Gabriela Silang,” “Parting at Calamba,” “Speak, My Gentle Children,” “Lonely is My Garden,” “My Morning Star” and “The Love of Leonor Rivera,” which is deemed the longest-running play on record being staged more than a thousand times under the auspices of the Arena Theater.
Montano’s pioneering of the Arena Theater has been one of the many changes in the Filipino arts scene in the 50s. It has brought theater arts as a form of entertainment and celebration of Filipino drama to the far flung barrios of the Philippines. The theater catered to grassroots audience, bringing theatre closer to the hearts of the Filipino masses of his generation.
Felipe de Leon Jr., Chairman of the NCCA noted Severino Montano’s large-scale feat for the small people of society. The afterglow of his works continues to light the path of the new generation of artists, poets, and playwrights he further expounded.
The postage stamp design is laid-out by Ryan Anengi and Victorino Serevo. It is available at PhilPost for a limited availability for 65,000 copies
For more information, contact PhilPost at 527-8327 to 30.