In celebration of the city’s 445th anniversary, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada honored on Tuesday movie actor Eddie Garcia and other outstanding personalities in culture and the arts during simple ceremonies held at the Bulwagang Villegas of City Hall.
Garcia, 87, was handed the Diwa ng Lahi award while The Company was the recipient of Gawad Antonio Villegas.
The mayor recalled that Garcia first appeared in the film “Siete Infantes de Lara” in 1949 and is still active in the industry until today.
“He continues to lend his genius to independent films and popular TV shows and he remains an exemplary of talent and professionalism,” Estrada said of Garcia.
The mayor also cited The Company, “a vocal group whose individual talents make up one impressive, harmonious whole.”
Other awardees in the following fields of the arts were:
Architect Consuelo Buencamino, arkitektura; Glecy Cruz Atienza, dula at tanghalan; Frederic Caedo, eskultura; John Arcilla, pelikula; Fidel Sarmiento, pintura; Celso Espejo, musika, Manila Broadcasting Co., tanging parangal at pagkilala, and Raymond Isaac, makabagong pamamaraan.
In his short remarks, Estrada told the awardees that their collective “accomplishments have truly added to the fabric of our city’s unique heritage.”
The cultural awards were coordinated by Flordeliza Villaseñor in her capacity as chief tourism operations officer.