Nicanor Tiongson

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Nicanor Tiongson
Field/s of Study: Humanities, Philippine studies, Mass Communications, Philippine literature and theater
Ph. D. Philippine Studies
B.A. Humanities

Nicanor Tiongson, Ph.D., is a well-known critic, writer and academic scholar.



He finished his undergraduate studies from Ateneo de Manila University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Humanities. He later received his Ph.D. in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.


He is currently a professor of Film and Audio-Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines, Diliman College of Mass Communications, where he is also the dean. He has taught at prestigious universities like De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Hawaii and at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies. As a professor, he shares his expertise on Filipino and Philippine literature, theater and culture. He is also a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of California in Los Angeles and at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.


Tiongson was a founding member of the Manunuri ng Wikang Pilipino. The organization was primarily established to achieve its goal of recognizing, appreciating and giving of awards to people behind the Philippine movies. These include script writers, actors, directors, production designers, cinematographers, editors and the like.

He became part of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, an institution that nurtures Philippine identity through recognizing and appreciating Filipino aesthetics and promoting positive cultural values. Tiongson assumed two top positions in the institution as the vice-president and the artistic director from 1986 to 1994. He paved way for the new direction for the institution by authoring a cultural development plan that maximized the scope of the institution’s outreach programs. He directed Sangandaan 2003 which was a Filipino-American collaboration, highlighting media and arts of Philippine and U.S. relations from 1899 to 2002.

He also became part of the Movie and Television Censorship and Review Board or MTRCB. The main goal of the institution is not only to classify and censor films and television shows but also to help the Philippine media industry to be globally competitive. It recognizes Philippine media as a tool for moral recovery and building a better nation. His term as director of the institution created controversy when he accepted for exhibition the film ‘’Live Show’’ at the Berlin Film Festival. The film depicted men and women engaging in sex acts onstage at some Manila night clubs. Church leaders and moralists, particularly the late Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, called the film immoral. Tiongson resigned from the MTRCB shortly after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo banned the film, which Tiongson claimed was due to pressure from the Church.


Tiongson wrote and edited critiques, essays and books on Filipino and Philippine literature, theater and culture. He was acclaimed by the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board and was a finalist for the National Book Awards in 2007. He was nominated for the Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize in the art category with his work ‘’Salvador F. Bernal’’. He also won the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa Award, Fulbright Exchange Professorship, Australian Cultural Award and the UP Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Teacher (Professor Level).

List of publications

  • ’’’Kasaysayan at Estetika ng Sinakulo at Ibang Dulang Panrelihiyon sa Malolos: Kalakip ang Orihinal, Partitura, Mga Larawan ng Pagtatanghal’’’. (Ateneo de Manila University Press: 1975)
  • ’’’Kasaysayan ng Komedya sa Pilipinas: 1766-1982’’’. (Integrated Research Center, De La Salle University: 1982)
  • ’’’Modern ASEAN Plays: Philippines’’’. Paper submitted to ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information, 1992.
  • ’’’Philippine Theatre: History and Anthology’’’. (University of the Philippines Press: 1999)
  • ’’’Pilipinas Circa 1907: Production Script and Notes, Score for Piano and Voice’’’. (Philippine Educational Theater Association: 1985)
  • ’’’The Politics of Culture: The Philippine Experience.’’’ (PETA: 1985)
  • ’’’Tuklas Sining: Essays on the Philippine Arts.’’’ (PETA Documentation Publication, Archives, and Library Management Issues)
  • ’’’Dulaan: An Essay on the Spanish Influence on Philippine Theater’’’. (Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: 1992)
  • Editor, ‘’’The Cultural Traditional Media of the ASEAN’’’. 1981
  • ’’’Ang Dulaang Panrelihiyon sa Malolos: Kasaysayan at Estetika.’’’ Master of Arts Thesis, University of the Philippines, 1974.

Awards and recognitions

  • Visiting Professor, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan
  • Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Visiting Professor, University of Michigan
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle
  • Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (Komisyon ng mga Wika ng Pilipinas) Awards
  • Fulbright Exchange Professorship
  • Australian Cultural Award
  • UP Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Teacher (Professor Level)

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