Lawmaker wants Nora Aunor as National Artist

Posted at 04/16/12 4:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker is pushing for the “enshrinement” of actress Nora Aunor as a National Artist, putting her alongside art greats such as Fernando Amorsolo, Bienvenido Lumbera and Fernando Poe Jr.

Bacolod City Rep. Anthony Golez filed Resolution No. 2317, which urges President Benigno Aquino III, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to confer to Aunor the National Artist award, citing the actress’ “immense contributions to Philippine arts.”

In a statement, Golez cited the many awards and recognitions that Aunor received in her decades-long career as an actress.

He said that Aunor, known as “Ate Guy”to her fans, is a “national treasure.”

“The Filipino people is now entangled with so many public issues like the seemingly uncontrollable rise of prices of fuel and commodities, but we should not lose hope. There are a lot of things going for our country, and the enshrinement of Ms. Nora Aunor as a National Artist is a sure feel-good thing that the Filipinos can hold on to,” the lawmaker said.

“Her achievements as an artist and her contributions to Philippine Art are more than enough to qualify her to be named as National Artist,” he added.

Aunor has been named one of the ten best Asian actresses of the decade at the 2010 Green Planet Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California.

She ranked No. 1 in the category, which was based on online votes from more than 100 countries.

Early this year, it was reported that a museum for Aunor will be built in Iriga City, Camarines Sur.

The Order of National Artists is the highest recognition given to Filipino artists in the country.

According to the NCCA, the National Artist award shall be given to those who have met the following criteria:

  • Artists who, through the content and form of their works, have contributed in building a Filipino sense of nationhood
  • Artists who have pioneered in a mode of creative expression of style, thus earning distinction and making an impact on succeeding generations of artists
  • Artists who have created a substantial and significant body of works and/or consistently displayed excellence in the practice of their art form, thus enriching artistic expression and style
  • Artists who enjoy broad acceptance through prestigious national and/or international recognition, critical acclaim and/or reviews for their works, and respect and esteem from peers

Government and non-government cultural organizations, educational institutions and private foundations and councils may nominate candidates under one or more categories, which include dance, music, theater, visual arts, literature, film and broadcast arts, architecture, design and fashion.