Manila, Philippines – ‘NEXT NATIONAL ARTIST’ – Highspeed contributor Mel Caparas enumerates Nora Aunor’s sterling achievements, which he feels should make the Superstar the “Next National Artist.” Here they are:
One of Aliw Awards’ 50 live entertainers of the century.
Thirteen life achivement awards in various fields – movies, music, TV.
Over 50 best actress awards, including three from abroad: Cairo, Brussels, Penang (Malaysia). Plus Asia’s best actress of the decade. And four local actress of the decade trophies.
Three stage plays.
Many critically acclaimed films: “Bona,” “Ina Ka ng Anak Mo,” “Andrea,” “’Merika,” “Flor Contemplacion,” “Bakit May Kahapon Pa,” “Naglalayag,” “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” “Minsa’y Isang Gamo-gamo,” “Atsay,” “Bakit Bughaw ang Langit,” “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit.”
And of course “Himala,” CNN’s best Asia-Pacific picture of all times.
“No more deliberations. Set aside personal life. We’re talking of achievements. We’re looking for a National Artist, NOT a National Saint,” Mel writes.
OTHER ‘NOMINEES’ – When Rep. Anthony Golez filed a resolution in Congress urging the proclamation of Nora Aunor as National Artist, others followed suit.
Other “nominees” mentioned: Vilma Santos, Dolphy, Eddie Garcia, Joseph Estrada, Rosa Rosal. Distinguished names all.
Highspeed adds another name: Armida Siguion Reyna.
And while at it, why not Lea Salonga and Cecile Licad?
Actually, Sen. Manny Villar much earlier introduced a resolution making Dolphy National Artist.
To date, only one actor has been named National Artist: Fernando Poe, Jr.
Art patron Danny Dolor is batting for violinist Gilopez Kabayao and singer Sylvia La Torre.
FINAL SAY – The President of the Philippines has the final say on who should be proclaimed National Artist.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts can only recommend.
And yes, personal life has nothing to do with being a National Artist. What counts is artistic merit – impact, influence.
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