so. is it true what coconuts manila and the inquirer‘s lito zulueta say, that the palace deems superstar nora aunor aka ate guy unworthy of the title national artist for film and broadcast media, never mind that she is among the six that the joint boards of the cultural center of the philippines and national commission on culture and the arts named last september?
or is the opposite true. on the very same day, june 9, when zulueta’s piece came out in the arts and books section, bayani san diego jr had a piece in the entertainment section, posted just a few hours earlier, happily reporting that snags had been ironed out, and nora aunor would be proclaimed national artist along with cirilo bautista for literature, alice reyes for dance, jose maria zaragoza for architecture, francisco coching for visual arts, and francisco feliciano for music. ano ba talaga, inquirer?
i figure the delay means that it’s a no to nora for national artist. and the palace knows there would be a collective howl from noranians far and wide, masa and burgis, organized and un-organized, militant and moderate, lol, so of course the timing of the announcement is crucial, dapat kapag tipong ang daming nangyayari, at matatabunan agad ng magagandang balita, like, you know, the senators arrested, jonas burgos resurrected…
on second thought, it could be a yes, and the palace knows there would be a collective sigh of sheer happiness for ate guy, a national high, no less, and celebrations left and right — the president would be so bango, the noranians would love him forever — so maybe it’s not a good time to waste such positive sentiment now, when the president’s annointed could make the announcement himself maybe late next year, panalo sa 2016, argh.
but seriously, i hope that the prez is having second thoughts about those “moral” issues. because, really, to deem nora aunor unworthy because of drug use and erratic behavior and, even, tax evasion, and do i hear lesbianism thrown in for good measure? is only to raise questions about national artists previously proclaimed. i know of two who were gay and rather decadent, both brilliant and most deserving. so what’s the beef with ate guy? maybe her politics? her love life? double standard much? LOL. o mas type kaya nila si ate vi? o si dolphy? but ate guy trumps them both, no question about that.
nora for national artist! now na!