Mindanawons are celebrating the conferment of Dabawenya dance maestra and choreographer Ms. Agnes Dakudao Locsin as the 6th National Artist for Dance by President Rodrigo R. Duterte through Proclamation 1390 on 10 June 2022.

Locsin is well-known in the world of dance both nationally and internationally, because of her unparalleled works on advancing neo-ethnic choreography. She garnered various awards and recognition for her works such as the Igorot (1987) and La Revolucion (1996).

Aside from these accomplishments, she is also a recipient of the CCP’s 2013 Gawad Para Sa Sining, CCP’s 2020 Gador Award, Davao City’s 2000 Datu Bago Award, and 2013 Alfonzo T. Ongpin Prize for Best Book on Arts for her book “Neo-ethnic Choreography: A Creative Process.”

Locsin’s work gained attention from the socio-cultural sector of the country due to her dance choreography. It incorporates immersive and interactive learning of dance movements from indigenous communities highlighting their culture, traditions, and ways of life.

In the academe, she became a faculty member of the University of the Philippines Dance Program. From 1989 t0 1999, she led the Ballet Philippines in the Cultural Center of the Philippines as Artistic Director.

Hailing from Davao City, she is the daughter of Carmen Dakudao Locsin, who founded the Davao’s Locsin Dance Workshop where she also acted as its Artistic Director.

She is an AB English alumna of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). She obtained her Masters of Arts at Ohio State University in the United States.

She shares the prestigious national recognition with other 7 National Artists namely Salvacion Lim-Higgins for Design (Fashion); actress Nora Villamayor or Nora Aunor, screenwriter Ricardo “Ricky” Lee and the late filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya for Film and Broadcast Arts, Gemino Abad for Literature, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for Music, and the late actor Antonio “Tony” Mabesa for Theater.

Established under Proclamation No. 1001 s. 1972, the National Artist Award is the highest national recognition given to Filipinos who have demonstrated exemplary contributions to the development of the Philippine arts, culture, and overall socio-cultural landscape.

She is now part of the roster of national outstanding Mindanawons in the field of culture and arts for being the 6th National Artist from Mindanao.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and all Mindanawons are very proud of the achievement of Ms. Locsin. #

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