The Philippines lost many seasoned performers and cultural practitioners who were highly esteemed in their communities. Among them were award-winning actress Susan Roces, who spent a life in film; F. Sionil Jose, who was recognized as a National Artist for Literature in 2001; and Ambalang Ausalin, who enriched the textile weaving tradition among the Yakan community of Basilan.
When an artist or cultural worker passes away, the loss is felt by their faimilies and loved ones and by the wider arts and cultural community in the region. As we mourn their passing, we remember, and are comforted by the legacy of their creativity and their contributions to their local and national arts communities, as well as to Southeast Asian arts practices.
In the first of an annual series, ArtsEquator commemorates the artists and cultural practitioners lost across Southeast Asia in 2022. This year, we focus on Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines, with plans to expand the series to other countries in Southeast Asia next year.