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Nominations for National Artist Award open; Nora Aunor still in running

'Ang pinaka-mahalagang criteria natin diyan ay kung may impact ba sa kamalayang Pilipino ang sining na likha at kung ito ba ay nakatulong sa paghubog ng kamalayang Pilipino.'

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The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) are now accepting nominations for the Order of the National Artists Award.

Nora Aunor (mb.com.ph)

Nora Aunor

The award is the highest recognition given to Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine Arts.

At a recent press conference, CCP Vice President Chris Millado said the nominees will be assessed in terms of their “vision, unusual insight, creativity and imagination, technical proficiency of the highest order in expressing Filipino culture and traditions, history, way of life and aspirations.”

“Kailangan may standard na maabot at ’yun ay ang excellence. Ngayon kung tatanungin kung papaano natin mame-measure ang nagawang trabaho ng isang artist, ang pinaka-mahalagang criteria natin diyan ay kung may impact ba sa kamalayang Pilipino ang sining na likha at kung ito ba ay nakatulong sa paghubog ng kamalayang Pilipino,” he added.

Millado pointed out that popularity does not play a huge role in their selection.

“Of course, nandu’n din ’yun bilang isang indicator. Pero kailangan pa ring timbangin ang ambag nito sa kamalayan (ng bawat Pilipino). Mas matimbang ang makabuluhang kontribusyon nito at ’yung epekto sa kulturang Pilipino,” he maintained.

Millado shared an artist will only be nominated under one category where he/she has made his/her most substantial contribution but his/her other merits will be added in the citation as well.

The eight categories are dance, music, theater, visual arts, literature, film and broadcast arts, design, and architecture and allied arts.

On the other hand, NCCA Deputy Executive Director Marichu G. Tellano insisted that nominees should be Filipino citizen at the time of the nomination.

“Because their works are the most dramatic proof which defined who we are as a Filipino,” she said.

According to Tellano, nominees will undergo three deliberations.

“On the first deliberation, it is the research and verification of validity of the data and evaluating the quality, true value and significance of works according to the criteria,” she explained. “Next process is, after further review based on the presentations of the nominees by the designated presenters, the Jury of experts shall vote to come up with a shortlist of nominees for the third level of deliberations.”

Tellano continued: “After further review based on the presentations of the nominees, the joint NCCA BOC and CCP BOT and living national artists shall vote to come up with a shortlist of nominees for the Order of the National Artists to be submitted to the Office of The President.”

The NCCA Deputy Executive Director clarified that the Office of The President has the right to remove names from the submitted list.
“But they cannot add,” she noted.

(From left): NCCA Executive Director Rico S. Pableo, CCP Vice President Chris Millado, CCP Chairperson Emily Abrera, NCCA Deputy Executive Director Marichu Tellano, and Subcommission of the Arts Teddy Co (Photo by Ali Vicoy/ Manila Bulletin) mb.com.ph

(From left): NCCA Executive Director Rico S. Pableo, CCP Vice President Chris Millado, CCP Chairperson Emily Abrera, NCCA Deputy Executive Director Marichu Tellano, and Subcommission of the Arts Teddy Co (Photo by Ali Vicoy/ Manila Bulletin) 

Since its inception in 1972, exactly 66 artists have been bestowed the honor for their significant contributions to country. They were recognized for their superior artistic accomplishment that promotes creative expression which is essential to the development of the national cultural identity and for their dedication to their crafts, forging new paths for future generations of Filipino artist.

Among those who received the honor in the field of cinema are Fernando Poe Jr., Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Gerardo de Leon, and Eddie S. Romero.

Asked about the case of Nora Aunor, the actress whose name former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino excluded from the list of the 2014 batch of National Artists, Millado reiterated she is automatically part of the final deliberation process.

“Hindi na siya kailangan pang-i-nominate. Automatic na kasama na siya though we have to remind the panels na kasama siya sa list,” he explained. “Marami na ring nangyari o marami na rin siyang nagawa after ma-nominate siya noong taon 2014 at kailangan maisama ’yun sa kanyang reviewing process.”

The complete guidelines for the Order of National Artists as well as the process of nomination and conferment of the order can be viewed on the NCCA website (www.ncca.gov.ph).

The deadline for submission of nominations is Sept. 30.

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