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Awarding to be held on 12 December 2019

Date: December 2, 2019Posted by: Marionette Martinez

Sr. Maria Anunciata Sta. Ana, SPC, Dean of the College of Music and the Performing Arts, has been named Patron of the Arts by the Archdiocese of Manila and the Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc. Aside from being an administrator of SPU Manila, Sr. Anunciata is also an alumna (High School 1952). She is the Moderator of the St. Paul Manila Alumni Foundation, Inc. (SPMAFI).

In a letter to Sr. Anunciata, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle wrote:
The Church has always been a patron of the arts, and annually since 2012, we at the Archdiocese of Manila, in partnership with Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc., select an exemplary artist whose works help advance his or her artistic field and pass on Christian values. The selected artist would then be given proper recognition during the Patron of the Arts Concert, held every 12 of December at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.

In this regard, I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as recipient of 2019 Patron of Arts Award in recognition of your excellent contribution to liturgical music and music instruction. As a pioneer in our country, you have animated the spirit of the Filipino faithful around the world through your compositions—as it is hoped by the Second Vatican Council; and as an esteemed educator, you have honed several homegrown talents, who through their performances, celebrate God’s gift of music.

Therefore, we look forward to your acceptance of this recognition. It would be our honor to have you in the roster of Patron of the Arts Awardees: Liza Macuja-Elizalde and Marilou Diaz-Abaya (2012), National Artist Napoleon Abueva (2013), National Artist Ryan Cayabyab (2014), Joey Velasco (2015), Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ (2016), Laurice Guillen (2017), and Onofre R. Pagsanghan (2018).

My staff will get in touch with you about the specific details of the event soon. Many congratulations!

The Patron of the Arts is the brainchild of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
"The call of [Pope Benedict XVI] for the new evangelization impels us to look into new forms of art," he explained, "and into how we encourage artists to infuse their art forms with what is noble, beautiful, good and true." He shared that while the Catholic Church is visible in mass media through the Catholic Mass Media Awards, Radio Veritas, and TV Maria programs, it needed to make an impact also in the arts.