Locsin-Nava bags NCCA’s first researcher’s prize

National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) announces the awarding of the first ever Researcher’s Prize instituted by NCCA this year to Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava for her proposed biography and collection of the works of the late Joel Roque Arbolario. An experienced writer, researcher, and translator, Locsin-Nava has just received her third National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board for her translation of Ramon Muzones’ Shri-Bishaya in ceremonies at the National Museum of Fine Arts on December 2, 2017.

Best remembered for putting up nationalist theater called Kalingaw: Ang Teatrong Hiligaynon in West Negros University that reflected social realities in the province, Arbolario is credited with authorship of over 30 plays, 6 of them appear in 2 anthologies: Bangon: Antologiya ng mga Dulang Paghimagsik by Atienza, Lumbera and Zafra’s and Lucero’s Dulaang Hiligaynon while two of his plays: Ang Malawig nga Panglakaton kag Si Filemon toured Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands from 1990 to 1993.

Arbolario put a new spin to the phrase “well-rounded artist” for he was playwright/ director/ actor/ composer/ musician/ researcher/ teacher/ and cultural worker. By gathering and analyzing his scattered works from his street theater days in Silliman University to his professional life in Cebu and Bacolod, Locsin-Nava hopes to establish Arbolario’s position in Philippine theater. She appeals to those who have data or copies of Arbolario’s script and other works to contact her at 09056688672 to help put together a book on Arbolario and Negros theater.*