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Bicolanos lobby for PNoy to proclaim Nora Aunor as National Artist

Bicolanos are anticipating with bated breath the proclamation of Nora Aunor as National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts as Independence Day nears.
Nora Aunor as National Artist
Bicolanos lobby for PNoy to proclaim Nora Aunor as National Artist
Photo: Wikipedia.org
Previously, proclamations were made around June 12, giving supporters hope that Aunor will finally be declared National Artist.

A petition on change.org asking President Benigno Aquino III to proclaim the new National Artists, however, slams the delay.

It reads: “It has been eight months since Malacañang received the official and formal endorsement by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines of six new National Artists for confirmation, proclamation, and conferment by President Aquino.”

“This is taking longer than the time needed by the NCCA and CCP to process the nominations. These two institutions represent the artistic community, and have the legal mandate to administer the selection of nominees for National Artists. Theirs is the more crucial and important vetting process.
TO PRESIDENT AQUINO: If you are taking so long to review what the NCCA and CCP have done, does this mean that you do not trust these institutions in the recommendations they have made? Do you think their process is not credible enough to warrant your confidence? Is there anything that's yet to be done in the vetting process to make the endorsements more acceptable and convincing? Is this something that you can inform the public about in the name of transparency?”

As of press time, the petition has been signed by 954 supporters.

Aunor, whose real name is Nora Cabaltera Villamayor, was born in San Francisco, Iriga City, Camarines Sur. Among her films are Lollipops and Roses, Bona, Himala, The Flor Contemplacion Story, Bakit May Kahapon Pa?, Sidhi, and Thy Womb.

If Aunor is conferred with the rank and title of National Artist, she will receive the National Artist gold-plated medallion minted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), a citation; lifetime emolument and material and physical benefits comparable in value to those received by the highest officers of the land such as: a minimum cash award of P200,000.00, net of taxes, a minimum lifetime personal monthly stipend of P30,000.00, life insurance coverage for Awardees who are still insurable; a State Funeral benefit not exceeding P500,000.00, and a place of honor, in line with protocular precedence, in state functions, national commemoration ceremonies and all other cultural presentation.

Joining Aunor in the list of the new National Artists endorsed by the NCCA and CCP are Cirilo Bautista for Literature, Francisco Coching for Visual Arts, Alice Reyes for Dance, Francisco Feliciano for Music, and Jose Ma. Zaragoza for Architecture.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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