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Asian Cultural Council PHL announces six new fellowship grantees

Posted on October 21, 2015

FIVE EXCEPTIONAL individuals and one organization made it to the list of recipients of the 2015 Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippine Fellowship Program.

Vincent Navarro
There have been over a hundred Filipino ACC Fellows so far and this year’s batch includes two young visual artists, an expert in museum collection conservation, a filmmaker, an artist-educator of literature and theater, and an institution of composers and musicians in Asia.

The announcement was made recently by ACC Philippines Foundation, Inc. Chairman Ernest Escaler.

The 2015 ACC Philippine Program Fellowship grantees are:

• Sculptor Jan Leeroy New, whose grant is so he can observe the best practices in contemporary visual arts and emerging art forms, technologies and processes;

• Painter Vincent Navarro, whose grant is to undertake research and documentation of contemporary art practices;

• Museologist Roberto Balarbar, whose grant is so he can undertake museum apprenticeship, observation and research;

• Filmmaker Dexter Dela Peña, who will observe the best practices in independent digital filmmaking;

• Actor, playwright and educator Glenn Sevilla Mas who will observe teaching practices of universities offering theater and playwriting programs; and,

• the Asian Composers League (ACL), whose grant is to support select Asian musicians from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam to attend the ACL Festival and Conference to be held in the Philippines this year.

Every year the ACC supports local artists, researchers, educators and scholars through its Fellowship Program. Among the previous fellows are National Artists Alice Reyes (Dance) and Dr. Ramon Santos (Music).

The application cycle for the 2016 ACC fellowship grant starts is ongoing until Nov. 1. Details may be obtained by visiting