StampNews.com got to know that the Philippine Postal Corp. paid tribute to National Artist for Theater Dr. Severino Montano with a set of commemorative stamps marking his birth centenary. The item was released and put into circulation on the 19th of March.
Assistant Postmaster General Luis Carlos along with Felipe M. de Leon, Jr., NCCA Chairman presented the commemorative stamps frame to Pedro Montano Ruenduen, Jr., nephew of Dr. Montano, who represented the family of the late National Artist.
"The Philippine Postal Corporation pays tribute to National Artist Dr. Severino Montano and his contribution to the preservation and promotion of the arts as he joined other National Artist in the country who have been immortalized in stamps", Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz said.
Montano, a Yale University, Master of Fine Arts graduate, is credited for professionalizing the theater industry in the Philippines with Arena Theater, which he funded with his own money and established while dean at Philippine Normal College.
Before he died in 1980, he played mentor to theater luminaries like Rolando S. Tinio, Emmanuel Borlaza, Joonee Gamboa, and Behn Cervantes. He was a playwright, director and actor.
Among his awards and recognitions are the Patnubay ng Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila (1968), Presidential Award for Merit in Drama and Theater (1961), and the Rockefeller Foundation Grant to travel to 98 cities abroad (1950, 1952, 1962, and 1963).