On Nora Aunor and the National Artist distinction

THE PRESIDENT, in a rare press interview I saw on TV around lunchtime, explained why he didn't make Nora Aunor a National Artist: she had a history of drug addiction. As if that should matter. Apparently it does, very much, for the President, who doesn't want to encourage kids to do drugs. Nora just won't do as a role model—and National Artists are role models, President Noynoy seemed to say. Never mind that she was a top choice of the NCCA, CCP Board plus the National Artists themselves. Never mind that Nora has set a standard against whom other actors are compared. Never mind that she was (and is) so good that my mother (a Vilma Santos fan, the only actress who can make her cry) still classifies her high school classmates as Noranian or Vilmanian. Me? I'm all for Eugene Domingo.

2 thoughts on “On Nora Aunor and the National Artist distinction”

  1. It's kinda funny, y'know? Almost the whole country in a state of war over a brouhaha as simple as Nora's removal from the Nat. Artists' list. Hellooo, people? We have bigger things to worry about like our fellow countrymen STILL suffering in Tacloban. While they're there waiting for assistance, we who were left unscathed by Yolanda, create a shitstorm of complete nonsense. The Nat. Artist incident isn't the end-all-and-be-all, people. I totally want to facepalm right now -_-

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