Yesterday morning on TV, comics creator and filmmaker Carlo J. Caparas let out a mouthful against National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, who had led a group of petitioners in August 2009 in questioning at the Supreme Court the conferment of national-artist honors on Caparas and on three others—theater stalwart Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, architect Francisco Mañosa and fashion designer Jose “Pitoy” Moreno.
The 25th anniversary of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was marked last June 26, and it is proper to recharge memory on its birthing.
By Antonio Montalvan II
In a recent event of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts held in a big provincial city, the mayor began his speech by wanting to acknowledge the NCCA but fell short of it. He could not remember what NCCA meant. He tried to but stopped midway when he realized NCCA was not the National Institute for Cultural “… er, never mind.” Actually, that would have been progress enough compared to those who still refer to the commission as the NCAA. So much for American student athletics.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
What you remember hanging as décor in your home as a child is a way of understanding Filipino taste. In many dining rooms in the past hung an image of the “Ultima Cena (Last Supper)” or a pair of those giant hardwood spoons and forks from Baguio that led some children to believe their ancestors were giants.