The program started with the opening remarks from UP officials Vice President for Academic Affairs Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista, representative of UP President Danilo Concepcion, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan. This was followed with honoring the artists by featuring performances of their works that demonstrated their notable achievements.
Phi Palmos, Auriz Judavar, Keisha Joy Paulo, Jimi Marquez, and the UP College of Music Student Ensemble performed Cayabyab’s hit songs Limang Dipang Tao, Araw-Gabi, Nais Ko, and Paraisong Parisukat. Cayabyab, together with his family, received his certificate, medallion and trophy.
Along with Cayabyab are National Artists Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio for Theater, Lauro “Larry” Alcala for Visual Arts, Resil Mojares for Literature, and Kidlat Tahimik for Film.