In a recent ceremony at the Kalayaan Hall of the Malacanang Palace. Arsenio J. Lizaso, president of Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Movers of the Philippines (TOMP) for arts and culture. Another TOMP awardee under the same category of arts and culture is musician Joey Ayala.Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources (DENR) led the ceremony on behalf of the President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo R. Duterte.
The other categories of the TOMP include leadership and public service, business and entrepreneurship, broadcast communication, leadership and education, education, and science and technology.
The Students Actions Vital to the Environment and Mother Earth (Save Me) movement bestows the TOMP award annually since 2012 in response to the need for a new breed of heroes and role models who have done exemplary work in their respective different fields to inspire the young people.
Lizaso often described as a “man of action” counts almost six (6) decades of experience in theater, television, and film as an actor, director and producer. Parallel to his artistic experience, he has another six (6) decades of cultural work, art education, and a personal advocacy to bring art closer to the everyday man.
This the second award that Lizaso receive for the year. On February 15,2019 during the outreach concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) at the University of the East (UE). the university conferred him with an Arts and Culture award as an outstanding UE Alumnus.