THOMASIAN fashion designer Salvacion Lim-Higgins has been declared a National Artist, the highest recognition given to Filipino artists.

Lim-Higgins, or “Slims” as she was popularly known, was posthumously named National Artist for Fashion.

The fine arts alumna, who defied convention and revolutionized Filipino fashion, founded Slim’s Fashion & Arts School, the first and oldest fashion school in the country.

In 1990, Lim-Higgins was also posthumously conferred the Hall of Fame Award at the Manila Fashion Designers Awards, which featured her final collections.

She joins the Thomasian roster of National Artists that include F. Sionil José, Bienvenido Lumbrera, Nick Joaquin, Cirilo Bautista, Juan Nakpil, Leandro Locsin, Ildefonso Santos, Jr., Jose Maria Zaragoza, Francisco Mañosa, Arturo Luz, J. Elizalde Navarro, Victorio Edades, Ang Kiukok, Ernani Cuenco, Antonino Buenaventura, Gerardo de Leon, Daisy Avellana and Rolando Tinio.

Along with Lim-Higgins, the list of national artists proclaimed this year included Nora Aunor (film), Tony Mabesa (theater), Ricky Lee (film), Marilou Diaz-Abaya (film), Fides Cuyugan-Asencio (music) and Gemino Abad (literature).


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