Proclamation No. 1001 (First National Artist)
TANGGAPAN NG PANGULO NG PILIPINAS
(OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES)
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 1001
DECLARING FERNANDO AMORSOLO A NATIONAL ARTIST
WHEREAS, art is an expression of the national genius;
WHEREAS, artists should be given the appropriate honors for their contribution to the heritage of our society;
WHEREAS, it is necessary that we create a category to be known as National Artist which will be the national expression of gratitude and appreciation; and
WHEREAS, the paintings of Fernando Amorsolo in all his years of creative activity have defined and perpetuated a distinct element of the Nation’s artistic and cultural heritage and won universal acclaim for our country and people;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, and upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines do hereby create the category of Award and Decoration of National Artist henceforth to be awarded to Filipinos who have made distinct contributions to arts and letters, and do hereby declare Fernando Amorsolo a National Artist.
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 27th day of April in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-two.
(SGD.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS
Republic of the Philippines
By the President:
(SGD.) ROBERTO V. REYES
Acting Executive Secretary