Angel Cacnio

Visual Artist June 6, 1931 – July 13, 2021 Chances are, you’ve held the work of an accomplished artist in your hand without knowing it. If you recall the orange P20 bill featuring President Manuel Quezon first issued on March 3, 1986, and the violet P100 bill featuring President Manuel Read more…

Jose Mirasol de Mesa

Lay Theologian and Author November 14, 1946 — April 15, 2021 Jose Mirasol de Mesa, ‘Joe’ or ‘Ka Jo’ to friends and associates, was a lay theologian and author engaged in the rethinking of Christianity in terms of indigenous categories, and producing scholarship intended to guide Christians to consider the Read more…

Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.

Ambassador, Luxury Retail Pioneer, and Art Patron April 7, 1921 – July 6, 2021 In an interview with veteran journalist Eric S. Caruncho for his birth centenary in April 2021, Bienvenido Rufino Tantoco Sr. distilled all of his success into two basic things—persistence and relevance: “Enthusiasm will bring you far, Read more…

Toto Natividad

Filmmaker July 19, 1957 – April 27, 2021 Federico S. Natividad Jr., ‘Toto’ to friends and associates, was an editor, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, producer, and director of films who gave Philippine cinema some of its best-remembered action flicks, and was at the helm of Ang Probinsyano, one of the longest Read more…

Frans Kleine Koerkamp

Development Worker, Activist, Culture Advocate February 11, 1936 – November 20, 2020 Frans Kleine Koerkamp was a Dutch-born development worker, social entrepreneur, activist, and culture advocate who championed bamboo as a sustainable material for construction and various other uses, and helped spearhead its use via cultural events, lectures, and symposia. Read more…

Bernard Catindig

Actor August 14, 1975 – February 21, 2020 You cannot mistake his presence on the big screen, or in TV commercials, even in supporting roles that are sometimes indistinguishable from an extra. But he made those small bits count, often in effective, if subtle, comic takes. In the 2011 French Read more…

Celia Diaz Laurel

Actor, Visual Artist, Author, Set and Costume Designer, and Philanthropist May 29, 1928 – July 12, 2021 Celia Diaz Laurel, ‘Nitay’ to friends and family, was a stage actor, painter, writer, and production and costume designer — a consummate artist to many, although for most of the country, she was Read more…

Nini Quezon Avanceña

Human Rights Activist April 9, 1921 – July 12, 2021 Maria Zeneida ‘Nini’ Quezon Avanceña was the second daughter of President Manuel L. Quezon and Doña Aurora Aragon. She devoted most of her 100 years of life to human rights and social justice causes, often defying the privileges of her Read more…

Jose Dennis C. Teodosio

Playwright, Scriptwriter, Director August 18, 1968 – July 13, 2021 Jose Dennis C. Teodosio was an educator, director, and an award-winning playwright, who wrote prolifically for television, cinema, print, advertising, and the stage. He was born in Valenzuela City to Sonny Teodosio and Salvacion Constantino Teodosio. He attended the Philippine Read more…

Sonny Yabao

Documentary photographer, photojournalist, and photo editor September 15, 1943 – February 11, 2021 Presciano A. Yabao, widely known as Sonny Yabao, is regarded as the best Filipino documentary photographer of his time. He is fondly remembered by generations of photographers as “The Master.” Yabao was born on September 15, 1943, Read more…