President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has conferred the Order of National Artists under Proclamations 1823-1839 to seven individuals.
National Artists of the Philippines for 2009:
Manuel Urbano a.k.a Manuel Conde (Film and Broadcast)
Lazaro Francisco (Literature)
Federico Aguilar Alcuz (Visual Arts, Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media)
Cecilla Guidote-Alvarez (Theater)
Magno Jose “Carlo” Caparas (Visual Arts and Film)
Francisco Manosa (Architecture)
Jose “Pitoy” Moreno (Fashion Design)
The title is given to a Filipino for having made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts.