President Duterte Excludes Nomination Of Nora Aunor On National Artists Awards
It is confirmed that the “Super Star” Nora Aunor was excluded by President Duterte to accept the National Artists Awards.
The Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, recently proclaimed 7 national artists in Malacañang last October 24, 2018.
Based on the report from ABS-CBN News, the awarding was led by Francisco Mañosa who is known as the architect behind the Edsa Shrine, Coconut Palace, Amanpulo and Pearl Farm resorts, among others.
The other six awardees were Larry Alcala, Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, Ryan Cayabyab, Resil Mojares, Ramon Muzones, and Kidlat Tahimik.
The National Commision of Culture and the Arts (NCAA) confirmed that actress Nora Aunor was removed by Malacañang from this year’s national artist awardee list.
The actress was known for her iconic films such as Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, Bona, and Himala. Those films were automatically nominated for this year because of her previous nomination.
According to the report, Nora Aunor was nominated for the National Artists Award during the term of Benigno Aquino but was eliminated due to her alleged use of drugs.
NCAA Chair Virgilio Almario stated that they do not know the reason for not including once again the Super Star on the National Awardee list.
President Duterte did not release any statements yet regarding the exclusion of Nora.
“Noong nakaraan, maugong iyan. Ngayon wala kaming information whatsoever,” Almario said.
Almario said that there is a board who decides who gets into the lists of nominees and there’s also honor’s body who’s advising the president but he doesn’t know who they are.
Based on the report, the NCCA Chairman said that the board will have to discuss whether Nora Aunor can still be nominated considering she’s been dropped by two presidents already.
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