backlash: “Noranians of the world, Unite!”

big mistake, mr. president.  you just lost a lot of votes for your annointed in 2016.  already there is a poster going around sa facebook, exhorting noranians to unite.  the punchline:  You have nothing to lose but Noynoy.” #MayHimalaSaNational Artist!  aray.

malaki-laking constituency po iyan, sir.  di nga po ako makapaniwalang binale-wala ninyo sila, kami, as though your liberal party had the 2016 elections in the bag.  or maybe you THINK you already have the 2016 election in the bag?  but what makes you think so, mr. president?  what makes you think that you won’t be needing the votes of nora’s fans, who are legion?

hmm, suddenly I’m remembering recent tsismis that there’s a shortlist based on some highly credible secret survey and it includes vilma santos-recto among the vice-presidentiables.  yes, vilma herself, nora’s “archrival” in film.  can vilma be the ace up your sleeve, sir?  you don’t need nora because you have vilma, or you hope to have vilma, as mar roxas’s running mate in 2016?

but, if yes, vilma, then why should it mean no to nora as national artist?  charlie manalo’s mole in the palace thinks it’s because you think that it might offend vilma.  carmen pedrosa’s insider source thinks it’s because “if nora were given the national award, she might dilute the impact of the political strategy.”  and then there is also sharon cuneta daw to contend with as liberal party campaigner.

hindi ko gets.  bakit ma-o-offend si vilma at si sharon kung magagawaran ng national artist award si nora?  mas deserving ba si vilma kaysa kay nora, or deserving rin si vilma pero bakit si nora ang inuuna?  seriously?  ganito rin kaya ang takbo ng isip nina vilma at sharon?  that vilma is the equal of nora?

i beg to disagree.  vilma may be a good actress – she was outstanding in burlesk queen – but it’s telling that she has no film that ever won her any nomination or award in international film festivals.  she has also never acted on stage, and hardly ever on tv.  what she did on tv was sing, in her own musical variety show that ran on and on, week after week, for more than a decade, even if she has no musical talent whatsoever, as in, she has a singing voice that only fanatic vilmanians could love; in effect she lowered the bar and paved the way for the likes of loveli-ness and now annekapal, na kulang na lang ang i-love-you-lucky to end the show, swak na.

nor can it be said that vilma was a paragon of virtue back in the good old days before she finally settled down with senator ralph recto a.k.a. VAT-man of the alta sociedad political clan.  it was a brilliant career move, from showbiz to serious politics.  in fairness  vilma has excelled at playing that game, nakikinig kasi sa asawa, lol,  at may panalo talaga siya as VP sa 2016.

pero kapag tinapatan siya ni grace poe (who is on the shortlist of presidentiables) as running mate of binay, then may tulog si ate vi, mr. president, and/but noranians could swing the vote.  itsura ng iglesia.


  1. GabbyD

    wow, what is the spell that this award has over people?

    “At age 23, La Aunor had her own film company, the NV Productions, started embarking on a hobby which was collecting Best Actress trophies. Unfortunately for her Famas would only allow her to own a maximum of five Best Actresses trophies, hence the award-giving body had to elevate her to the Hall of Fame.Apparently growing tired of giving her awards, the Film Academy of the Philippines just decided to extend to her a Lifetime Achievement Award.”

    so, its pretty clear that she’s been rewarded by the industry. clearly this wont be the only first time she’ll be nominated for the national award. why is this award so … “necessary”? isnt recognition by the FAP as good as, and better than a govt award?

    so who cares? why is this such a story?

    • manuel buencamino


      “why is this such a story?”

      In case you did not notice, the permanent opposition, to use Sen Saguisag’s term for pathological yellow haters, has been using Nora Aunor as their soap box . Double injury ito to Nora and her true fans, natanggal na nga si Nora sa listahan ng National Artist nominees, ginamit pa bilang platform para umatake kay PNoy ang kanyang misfortune. Tignan mo naman kung sino ang mga peryodistang bumabanat, incidental lang si Nora para sa kanila kasi ang talagang isyu nila ay si PNoy. :-)

    • sir, “read my lips” politics,politics, Pinoy failed to balance the great divide, between the bakya crowd and the alta sociedad. This is not a story of the artist who lost her honor but a slap to the efficient system of rewards and elevation of the cultural heritage of the people who have no rich assets to be proud of but the recognition of “self-respect” for transformation of the poor in material things to the noble profession of the arts..regardless of sex, education, social and economic status.

  2. I was reading remarks on the Inquirer discussion thread about Ms. Aunor’s comments regarding the award. It seems like the intensity of dislike for what she represents is equal to or surpasses the intensity of like. One commenter said that she was paid P600,000 by Gloria Arroyo not to support Fernando Poe for president. Politics is a dirty business, and backlashes to backlashes can occur. It would be well, I think, not to elevate Ms. Aunor to the role of President Maker, but to respect her for her acting abilities, give the President respect for having to make hard decisions, and move on. You know, work on a level of respect instead of this incessant, shrill attack mode.

  3. john c. jacinto

    Malakas kamo ang hatak ni Nora sa mga botante? Eh, bakit olats siya nang tumakbo for governor sa probinsya niya sa Bicol? Bakit olats si Enrile–Aksyon Agad!–noong 1971 senatorial election na silang dalawa pa ni Pip ang endorsers at kasagsagan ng kasikatan nila noon? Sige, ituloy niyo pananakot nyo! Basta ako, iboboto ko sa 2016 ang hindi corrupt.

  4. iba talaga siguro ang presidente natin ngayon kumpara sa mga presidente natin noon. dati okay lang sa mga dating presidente na maging role model ng ating Filipino culture maski mga drug addicts kaya nila inapproved na maging National Artists kahit addicts.

    iba-iba ang pananaw ng tao, maging presidente man o hindi. mayroong pabor sa drug addicts, mayroon namang kumokontra. alin ba kayo?