Congratulations National Artist for Music Fides Cuyugan-Asensio!
Professor Emeritus Fides Cuyugan Asensio’s more than six decades of involvement with the art of opera displays her dedication and passion for bringing inaccessible Western dramatic idiom into Philippine theaters for the Filipino opera enthusiasts to experience and learn from. She’s dedicated to opera and musical theater, which enriched the Philippine artistic scene. Her exceptional achievements in many years of exemplary service to the field such as performing, teaching, producing, and directing opera and theater productions, contributed to a Renaissance of classical musical theater in the country. Her performance of Sisa in Felipe de Leon’s Noli Me Tangere became a hallmark in the country’s musical theater history.
She dedicated her golden years to teaching young Filipino singers, hence, her teaching elevated the level of performance and transformed singing into a truthful and higher form of art in the country. Her involvement in the country’s musical theatre scene has enriched our cultural heritage, showcasing Filipino excellence in music to the world and shaped the future generations of Filipino musical theater artists.
The conferment ceremony for the eight new National Artists will be held today, June 16, 2022, at 4:00 PM, at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang Palace.
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