I will not comment anymore on Nora Aunor’s qualifications for the national artist award. The fact that she passed, with flying colors we are told, the rigorous processes and standards of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Malacañang’s Honors Committee is proof enough that she deserves the honor.
The real issue here is why President Aquino decided to drop here from the list of recomendees for the award – the only recommendee to have suffered the ignominy. I assume, as most people do, that the list given to the President had the benefit of learning from the mistakes of the past administration that trifled with the award to its’ and the artistic community’s utter embarassment.
So why was Nora not chosen by Pres. Aquino?
The official Palace apologists – secretaries Coloma and Lacierda – skirt the issue by saying the…
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