, FEBRUARY 16, 2008, (STAR) Nestor Jardin, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, was given the 2008 John D. Rockefeller 3rd award for outstanding professional achievement.

The award, established in 1986 through a special endowment donation from The JDR 3rd Fund, honors “individuals from Asia and the United States who have made particularly significant contributions to the international understanding, practice, or study of the visual or performing arts of Asia.”

Jardin has served as CCP president since 2001, and before that was its vice president and artistic director. He has “devoted his extensive career to championing the arts and artists of Southeast Asia and the Philippines and working to create an environment in which these can flourish.”

Cited for being “a cultural leader of rare energy, commitment, and vision who has set an extraordinary example both regionally and internationally,” Jardin is also responsible for the creation of the Philippine Cultural Education Plan, a comprehensive national plan for arts and culture education.

Jardin, who holds a BS Zoology degree from the University of the Philippines, started as a dancer with Ballet Philippines and rose to become its artistic director and president.

Through various international grants and fellowships, he has pursued studies in arts management and is a recognized leader and educator in the field.

He is the second Filipino to win the award, after the late National Artist for Music Jose Maceda in 1987.

Candidates for the award are nominated by artists and scholars from all over the world who are actively involved in Asian art and culture, and the awardee is selected by the board of trustees of the New York-based Asian Cultural Council (ACC) in consultation with specialists and experts.

The award will be conferred on Jardin during the ACC-Philippines gala on Feb. 29 by Elizabeth McCormack, chairman of the ACC board; ACC trustees Josie Cruz Natori and Sir Kenneth Fung; Ralph Samuelson, ACC director; and Wendy Wang, granddaughter of JDR 3rd The ACC-Philippines gala at the Makati Shangri-la will feature a fashion show by internationally-acclaimed designer Natori.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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