The two Thomasians who received the 2023 Ani ng Dangal Awards for music, Ryle Custodio (left) and Michael Valenciano (right). (Photos from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Facebook page)

TWO Thomasians were among the 33 recipients of the 15th Ani ng Dangal Awards from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

UST Civil Law sophomore Ryle Custodio and piano alumnus Michael Valenciano received the awards in the music category at Malacañan Palace on Feb. 22.

Custodio was awarded for his “Tagu-Taguan” piece, which won the grand prize at the 2021 Busan Choral Competition in South Korea.

Custodio earned his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He won first prize in the 2018 Asian Composers League Young Composers Prize Competition.

Valenciano was awarded for winning the first prize in the 2021 Lucy Boyan Balakian Awards college division in the New York Young Performers Prize Competition. 

He graduated from the University in 2020 with a degree in music, majoring in piano performance. 

The NCCA’s Ani ng Dangal Awards recognizes Filipino artists’ feats in international competitions. 

This year, the Ani ng Dangal Awards was given to Filipinos who excelled in cinema (11 awardees), music (10 awardees), dance (four awardees), architecture and allied arts (four awardees), visual arts (three awardees), and broadcast arts (one awardee).


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