NOTE: The names highlighted in RED Have a Speech page dedicated to each of them

YEAR NAME POSITION
2014 Mrs. Gilda Cordero-Fernando Writer and Publisher
2013 Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista 2014 National Artist for Literature
2012 Sec. Ramon Jimenez, Jr. Department of Tourism Secretary
2011 Mr. Francisco Sionil Jose 2001 National Artist for Literature
2010 Mr. Gregorio Brillantes Palanca Hall of Fame Awardee 1995
2009 Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera 2006 National Artist for Literature
2008 Sec. Jesli Lapus DepEd Secretary
2007 Senator Mar Roxas Senator
2006 Edith L. Tiempo 1999 National Artist for Literature
2005 Emerlinda R. Roman President, University of the Philippines
2004 Sen. Franklin Drilon Senate President
2003 Virgilio S. Almario 2003 National Artist for Literature
2002 Raul S. Roco Secretary of Education and Culture
2001 Rev. Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J. President, Ateneo de Manila University
2000 Sen. Blas F. Ople Senator
1999 Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani Senator
1998 Bro. Andrew Gonzales, FSC Secretary of Education and Culture
1997 Sec. Renato de Villa Department of National Defense
1996 Mayor Alfredo Lim Mayor – City of Manila
1995 Sen. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Senator
1994 Sen. Edgardo J. Angara Senate President
1992 Rev. Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. President, Ateneo de Manila University
1991 Alejandro Roces 2003 National Artist
1990 President Fidel V. Ramos President of the Philippines
1989 Sen. Rene Saguisag Senator
1986 President Corazon Aquino President of the Philippines
1985 His Emminence Jaime Cardinal Sin Archbishop of Manila
1975 Sec. Francisco Tatad Information Secretary
1968 Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos First Lady of the PhilippinesSpecial Guest
YEAR NAME POSITION