Many a child and his/her parents go to the cinema expecting to enjoy a kiddie motion picture or animated film, but are momentarily “trapped” into watching movie trailers clearly meant for adult consumption. But hopefully, that will now be a thing of the past.
By Rina Jimenez-David
I have been—and still am—supportive of the bid to have Nora Aunor declared a National Artist. As I had previously said, her body of work is a showcase not just of acting talent and depth of artistry but also of the myriad identities of the Filipino woman—betrayed wife, spiritual seeker, activist, stoic martyr, everywoman.
By Antonio Montalvan II
If the previous president made inclusions, this one made an exclusion. Is he allowed within the law that created the National Artist award to do so? Legal eagles say he is. There does not seem to be any problem on that so far, unless another interpretation arises. Which remains a distinct possibility.
What was Malacañang thinking, anyway? That it could exclude Nora Aunor from the list of new National Artists it was declaring, and the public would react with a shrug? That it could strike out her name without even a perfunctory explanation, and no one would care?
That Nora Aunor’s fans are now up in arms on reading the news report “6 new National Artists named; Nora Aunor snubbed” (Front Page, 6/22/14) can only be expected. Indeed, most Filipino moviegoers have optimistically looked forward to seeing one among Nora (the Superstar), Vilma Santos (the Star for All Seasons), and Dolphy (the Comedy King) as the new National Artist for Film. That, especially after Fernando Poe Jr., the generally acknowledged King of Philippine Action Movies, won that highly coveted award in 2006.