National Artist for Theater Daisy Avellana passes away at 96

National Artist for Theater Daisy Avellana passed away on May 12, 2013. She was 96 years old. The CCP will have a necrological ceremony for her on Friday, May 17.

National Artist for Theater Daisy Avellana passed away last Sunday morning, May 12. She was 96.

According to, the renowned thespian died due to "a lingering illness."

When she was declared a National Artist for Theater in 1999, Avellana was cited as a “consummate actor, inspiring director, pioneer in stage acting” and for having devoted most of her life “for the establishment of professional performing groups and the professionalization of theater.”

The Cultural Center of the Philippines will pay tribute to Avellana in a necrological ceremony on Friday, May 17.

The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). Interment will follow at 12 noon at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.

Avellana was long regarded as the Grand Dame of Philippine stage.

She received numerous recognitions for her work in Philippine theater. She is best remembered for her stage performances as Candida in Nick Joaquin’s play Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.

Aside from being a renowned thespian, she was a director, producer, and writer.

She wrote the screen adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s Portrait of the Artist as Filipino and co-authored the scripts for the film classics Badjao and Anak Dalita.

She was married to National Artist for Theater and Film Lamberto Avellana, who died in April 1991.

In 1939, she and her husband, Lamberto Avellana, co-founded the Barangay Theatre Guild, which paved the way for the popularization of dramatic arts in the country, utilizing radio and television.





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