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The 2009 National Artist Awards Brouhaha: Artists Speak Out
The controversy, the lowdown, what artists are saying and everything you need to know about the National Artist awards.
By: the SPOT.ph team  |   Published on: Jul 31, 2009 - 12:53pm

National Artists All: Ramon Obusan(Dance), Lino Brocka(Cinema), Ishmael Bernal (Cinema), Napoleon Abueva(Sculpture), Ang Kiukok(Painting), Arturo Luz (Painting), Carlos
National Artists All: Ramon Obusan(Dance), Lino Brocka(Cinema), Ishmael Bernal (Cinema), Napoleon Abueva(Sculpture), Ang Kiukok(Painting), Arturo Luz (Painting), Carlos "Botong" Francisco (Painting), Levi Celerio(Music), Lucrecia Kasilag(Music), Nick Joaquin(Literature),Bienvenido Lumbera(Literature) and Atang dela Rama (Theater and Film), Ben Cab (Painting),

Aside from the honor, awardees get the following: a cash award of P100,000 (net of taxes); P75,000 (net of taxes) for posthumous awardees paid to legal heirs; monthly life pension, medical and hospitalization benefits; life insurance coverage for Awardees who are still insurable; arrangements and expenses for a state funeral; and a place of honor at national state functions, and recognition at cultural events.

The Best of the Best: Criteria for Selection

Artists who are nominated are selected with the following criteria:

â– Through content and form of their works have contributed in building a Filipino sense of nationhood;

â– Have pioneered in a mode of creative expression or style, thus, earning distinction and making an impact on succeeding generations of artists;

â– Artists who have created a substantial and significant body of works and/or consistently displayed excellence;

â– Artists who enjoy broad acceptance through: prestigious national and/or international recognition, such as the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, CCP Thirteen Artists Award and NCCA Alab ng Haraya; acclaim and review of their works;

â– Respect and esteem from peers;

â– Artists who are Filipino citizens at the time of nomination, as well as those who died after the establishment of the award in 1972 but were Filipino citizens at the time of their death.

The presentation of awards is usually made on June 11 or any appropriate date in fitting ceremonies to be organized by the National Artist Award Secretariat, according to the NCCA website.

Previous awardees include Ramon Obusan (Dance), Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal (cinema), Napoleon Abueva, Ang Kiukok, Arturo Luz, Carlos "Botong" Francisco (Art), Levi Celerio, Lucrecia Kasilag (music), Nick Joaquin, Bienvenido Lumbera (literature) and Atang dela Rama (Theater and Film).

For the complete list, click here.


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41 Comments
  • memo
    before anything else i’d like to say CONGRATULATION KAY DIREK CARLO J. CAPARAS AND MAM CECILE GUIDOTE ALVAREZ.. ang hirap kasi sa pinoy kung ano lang nakikita nila yung lang ang judge nila sana bago nila ijudge kilalanin mo na nila … bakit ang bagong hirang na national artists ang sinisi ninyo wlang may kasalanan ang ko alam dumaan sa proseso yan.. BAKIT NADUN BA KYO SA PROSESONG SINASABI.. DI BA MAY SAYING DON’T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!!! sana yung iba bago magsalita or mag rally isipin nyo mo na yung ginagawa at sinasabi nyo!!! nagmumura pa kayo… sila ang di pwede maging national artists may national artist ba nag-rarally? AND ACTUALLY BILIB AKO SA MGA AKTDA NI MR. CAPARAS SA MGA KOMIKS AT DIREKSYON NYA. NA SINASABI AT NILALAIT NA MASSACRE MOVIES.. KADIRI DAW ETC. KAYO ANG MGA KADIRI!!! JUSTICE STORY PO YUN !!! di basta-basta massacre movie na bastos.. wala kayong karapatan na laiitin or pag salitaan sila ng kung ano-ano dahil wala naman silang atraso sainyo diba tama ako.. wake up PILIPINO PEOPLE!!!!!!

    WAG NA PUMALAG IRESPETO NALANG KUNG SINO ANG MGA NAHIRANG!!!!
    Sep 26 2009 @ 10:20am     Reply  
  • memo
    before anything else i'd like to say CONGRATULATION KAY DIREK CARLO J. CAPARAS AND MAM CECILE GUIDOTE ALVAREZ.. ang hirap kasi sa pinoy kung ano lang nakikita nila yung lang ang judge nila sana bago nila ijudge kilalanin mo na nila ... bakit ang bagong hirang na national artists ang sinisi ninyo wlang may kasalanan ang alam dumaan sa proseso yan.. BAKIT NADUN BA SA PROSESONG SINASABI.. DI BA MAY SAYING DON'T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!!! sana yung iba bago magsalita or mag rally isipin nyo mo na yung ginagawa at sinasabi nyo!!! nagmumura pa kayo... sila ang di pwede maging national artists may national artist ba nag-rarally?

    WAG NA PUMALAG IRESPETO NALANG KUNG SINO ANG MGA NAHIRANG!!!!
    Sep 26 2009 @ 10:11am     Reply  
  • datulubay
    Kung titingnan niyo ang accomplishments ni cecile guidote alvarez, makikita niyong deserving siyang national artist. bakit niyo gustong tanggihan niya? hindi ito issue ng delicadeza. ang isyu dito ay hustisya. pinakamalaking injustice kung hindi bibigyan si cecile guidote alvarez para sa kanyang nagawa bilang artista.

    si Carlo Caparas ay ibang usapin. pero magandang panampal na rin ito sa isang institusyong elitista. Kung pag-isipan natin kailangan pa ba natin ng simbolong katulad ng national artist? pagkatapos nito, sino pa ang maniniwala dito?
    Aug 18 2009 @ 12:55pm     Reply  
  • dogs
    ok lang na manalo si carlo j. caparas ng national artist award for visual arts and film. he deserves it.
    Aug 12 2009 @ 09:32am     Reply  
  • mark jacob
    Sa totoo lang, those recommended by PGMA may be have done something to merit publicity or acclamation BUT not in the caliber of NATIONAL ARTISTS. National Artist Award connotes something aeviternal, and lasting, and not simply a product of fad at a particular era. Let us give justice to the award, to give what is due. Yes, these people to whom PGMA gave the awards "National Artists" should have desisted from taking the awards. Perhaps by their humility they could have preserved their integrity. Para sa akin, I am inclined to give them with "Loyalty Award".
    Aug 08 2009 @ 05:39pm     Reply  
  • loser
    CARLO J CAPARAS!!! Anak ng puting tupa!!!

    sandamakmak na kayabangan yan eh...

    malamang may utang na loob si pandak jan kay carlo... kabalen pa nyahahahha
    Aug 08 2009 @ 09:39am     Reply  
  • AKOMISMO TO
    panay kayo delikadeza kunwari pa kayo lahat sino malinis dyan sa mga nagrerekalamo pati na mga dating national artsit umayos kayo ng maging magandang ihemplo sa tao
    Aug 08 2009 @ 02:18am     Reply  
  • AKOMISMO TO"
    lahat kayo mareklamo wala naman kayo ibang magawa lahat. eh sino ba gusto ninyo eh lahat kayo pwede maging national artist po! nagkaiba lang may mga taong nagprotesta na nagpasok eh hindi napili yung gusto nila nasunod si gma kaya galit kayo! eh logic lang yan pag na takbo ka nga presidente walang ibang kredential hinahanap ero apply ka ng work katutak hinahanap pati eperience. kaya pwede yung maiingay eh wag na suportahan nalang sabi nga tita cory ng walang awayan at ingitan!
    Aug 08 2009 @ 02:16am     Reply  
  • rico san diego
    huwag na tayong magkunwari. aminin nang hindi katanggap-tanggap ang mga gawa ni CJC sa karamihan ng mga artista at manunulat. as in basura ang mga ito para sa iba. pero para sa mga nagbabasa ng komics at mahilig sa massacre movies, bentang-benta ang mga gawa ni CJC!

    so, nasaan o sino ang problema?

    Hindi si CJC. Maaaring ang prosesong sinasabi ninyo, pero aminin na rin nating talagang nakikialam ang presidente sa prosesong ito para iluklok ang kung sino mang gusto niyang iluklok. hindi na kayo nasanay. sa mga barangay at tahanan ninyo, nangyayari ang ganyang palakasan—araw-araw.

    so saan na ulit ang problema?

    Tanungin kaya natin: bakit lumaganap ang mga massacre movies? bakit kasi bentang-benta ang komics sa masa?

    Bakit nga kasi hindi kilala ng marami si ben cab at ang kanyang mga likha? bakit ang mga taga-UP lang ang nakakakilala kay bien lumbera?

    gets nyo? Hindi naman alam ng mga masa na pangit ang gawa ni CJC at “art” ang gawa ni Bencab. Inaantok sila sa gawa ni Mike de Leon pero gising na gising at nakakarelate sila sa gawa ni CJC. Kaya nga hanggang ngayon, bentang-benta pa rin iyan sa mga television network. Pero noong nagproduce ng mga akdang pampanitikan para gawing drama sa tv—ilang buwan ba ito nagtagal?

    Kung Pambansang ALagad ng SIning na may kontribusyon sa pag-unlad ng sining ng bayan, ibig sabihin nito may impluwensya siya sa paraan ng pag-iisip at "taste" ng maraming mamamayan (kasi pambansa). Sino kina CJC, Bencab, ALmario, Lumbera at iba pang pinagpipitaganang manunulat at artista ang mas kilala ng masa? Pero, para sa nakararami, (kasama na ako), ni hindi karapat-dapat ihambing ang mga gawa ni CJC kina Mike de Leon at Lino Brocka. Pero, sa totoo lang, mas kilala si CJC ng masa--- at God Help Us--- mas ginagamit na pamantayan ang kanyang mga gawa ng mga nakakapanood at nakakabasa sa kaniya.

    Kung pangit at kulang sa kasiningan ang gawa ni CJC, hindi na niya kasalanang tinatangkilik siya ng masa. Ngayon, kasalanan ba nina Bien at Bencab at ng iba pang kahanay nila kung hindi maarok ng ordinaryong mamamayan ang kanilang mga gawa?

    Yung kay CGA, isyu na talaga ito ng (kawalan ng ) delicadeza.
    Aug 07 2009 @ 03:48pm     Reply  
  • angelpilgrim
    A film director (kuno) who has never won a major industry award (to my knowledge) as national artist. Aba, pinagpipilitan niyang deserving siya ha (in his dreams!). At ang arts administrator (charing) na pinetisyon na dati para sipain ng sarili niyang mga tauhan. Taas noo ding nagsasabi na deserving siya. Deserving ba o self-serving? May mga napatunayan na sana kayo sa inyong mga larangan pero alam nating hindi ito sapat para mahirang kayong artista ng bayan. Ngayon ang napatunayan niyo na lang ay kung gaano kakapal ang inyong mukha at katibay ang inyong sikmura!
    Aug 07 2009 @ 12:44am     Reply  
  • Dirth
    Nakita ko lang ngayon Si CJCaparas sa Rockwell Mall at mukhang luma-lobby at gustong mag karuon ng condo na nasa pangalan niya, Joya, Manansala, Luna, Amorsolo and CAPARAS Condo in Rockwell.... God help us!!!!
    Aug 06 2009 @ 10:50pm     Reply  
  • marlon
    LAGAY NYO SI DOLPY DYAN HE IS DESERVING TO BE ONE OF NEW NATIONAL ARTIST OF THE PHILIPPINE Xd.
    Aug 06 2009 @ 10:13am     Reply  
  • Joseph Reylan Viray
    I think there is only one measure before one can be a national artist that is-- if his/her peers, countrymen, and the entire art/cultural community respect/recognize his/her contributions to arts and culture...

    When there are protests and dissents over your proclamation as NA, better not accept the award or else HISTORY will never forgive you....

    It will even ruin the integrity of the Awards...

    I am begging those who are not worthy of the award, please do a nationalistic act--give the award back.

    It would be shameful for you and your family...But if you truly deserve it, enjoy...

    GUHIT SUDLUNGAN of PUP SUPPORTS ANY MOVE TO RECTIFY MISTAKES>>>>>>
    Aug 05 2009 @ 12:12am     Reply  
  • palma tayona
    Umiikot na malamang sa libingan nila sila Amorsolo, Mang Cesar, Botong, Atang de la Rama, Brocka, Bernal atbp. dahil sa lumabas na listahan na yan. With the absence of principles and integrity in the selection of this year's National Artists sana dinuraan na lang ng Malacanan ang libingan ng mga nauna't namayapang mga National Artists. By the way, ihanay na rin nila sila Bencab, Lumbera, Almario, Abueva at iba pang buhay na mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining at isa-isa na ring duraan. It will be the same insult as putting in their ranks those incredibly questionable characters in this year's list. (with deep apologies to those in this year's list who truly deserve their citations. you just have the misfortune of being in veeeery bad company)
    Aug 04 2009 @ 09:58pm     Reply  
  • Fae Ricafort
    This is really mockery! Not that Ms. Cecille doesn't deserve it its just that its too obvious that this year selection is being used for personal political gain. And Carlo J. Caparas didn't even draw his works, he just wrote the story so what's the visual arts in that?
    Aug 04 2009 @ 09:45pm     Reply  
  • Ben Bukaneg
    Dapat magkusa na si Caloy at Cecile na ibalik yung parangal. Ganito lang yan eh ang naglagay sa kanila eh ni walang alam sa anumang uri ng sining (pwera na lang kung uri ng sining ang kurapsyon at panloloko, pasok sya doon). Kung ang mga nauna sa kanila na mga National artist ay harapan sinasabi na ibo-boycot at galit sa resulta. Halata na hindi sila ang nais ng nakakarami.

    Ngayon kung talagang sabik sila parangal para may mailagay sa istante at talagang manhid sila, maiintindihan ko kung di nila ibalik.

    NO TO SNAG!!! SINGIT NATIONAL ARTIST ni GLORIA!
    Aug 04 2009 @ 10:32am     Reply  
  • john porter
    i’m ashamed enraged disgusted and filled with anger and hatred at how the arroyo government manipulates every facet of filipino society by shoving down our throats their crap, their will, their arrogance, and their bad taste…
    Aug 04 2009 @ 04:03am     Reply  
  • christopher ad. castillo
    what else can my father say in regards to caparas. our whole family is in shock. blood, sweat and tears in making great films has been ignored.
    Aug 03 2009 @ 02:47pm     Reply  
  • boycott!
    Boooo!!!

    Ang pagkakapili kay Carlo J. Caparas bilang isang National Artist ay insulto sa ibang mas deserving na artists.

    Dapat si Larry Alcala ang nasa listahan at hindi si CJC... very disappointing.
    Aug 03 2009 @ 09:18am     Reply  
  • Inquisitive
    KAPAL TALAGA NI PGMA WALANG GAWANG MATINO PATI BA NAMAN NATIONAL ARTIST AWARD DINADAYA...TAMA NA, SOBRA NA..PALITAN NA SYA!!
    Aug 03 2009 @ 01:02am     Reply  
  • manch19
    Caparas as a film director and scriptwriter do not deserve such big merit! Obviously,he is made for filipino 'komiks" and that is definitely his medium !
    The National Artist award accorded him is a total rubbish,and a big embarassment to other artists who deserve far more recognition and merit!
    Aug 03 2009 @ 12:00am     Reply  
  • Juliotikz
    Not a good list IMO...I would have to agree with Leo Martinez with possibly inducting someone like Celso Ad. Castillo. I feel that CJC doesn't deserve the induction. Oh dear, pati nba naman sa mundo ng sining, me nanganagilam pa rin?
    Aug 02 2009 @ 10:51pm     Reply  
  • Boy Saudi
    As long as Gloria is in power, Philippines will be the laughing stock around the world. The more you hate her, the more she will will do the wrong thing to show to us the she is in control. She is a greedy woman.
    Aug 02 2009 @ 09:54pm     Reply  
  • Donmar M. Acol
    This form of mockery in Philippine Arts had never ocurred even the time of MARCOS. I despise that the highest honors given to Filipino Artists is now blemished with ridicule and controversy.
    Aug 01 2009 @ 08:42pm     Reply  
  • DJ
    Gloria obviously does not know the meaning of art. CJC and Moreno's inclusion clearly shows she failed to understand that commercialism is the anti-art. Commercialism and art are at the opposite end of the pole. A person's success or popularity has nothing to do with his artistic achievement.

    And with Alvarez' inclusion there, this pseudo president only validated what everybody else had known a long time ago, she has no delicadeza. But then again, for someone who clings to power like a leech and sucks this country's resources like a tick, what else can we expect?

    May God save us from this delusional queen.

    p.s.

    there really should only be 6 categories. Personally, I think Architecture is not art. But this should be debated some other time. Besides, I'd rather Architecture be there, than fashion design. Fashion is art? Sheeezz I think I just vomited a little in my mouth.
    Aug 01 2009 @ 03:33pm     Reply  
  • jayson
    grabe naman yang si GMA... okay lang si alvarez, pero si caparas at moreno? ew!!!!

    kawawa naman si dr. ramon santos... qualified siya sa final deliberation ng board pero tinanggal ni gloria labandera... ang lungkot tuloy ng atmosphere nung concert sa UP last night...


    WTF!!!!
    Aug 01 2009 @ 01:52pm     Reply  
  • apol
    If there is one that deserve the national artist award which overdue for along time sya ay walang iba kundi Mss. Nora Aunor. Pero mabuti nalang at hindi sya nasama sa grupon itong. Kawawang mga deserving at napasama sila sa mga yaks. Nora a multitalented actress shared her talents and gave her contributions not only sa loob ng Pilipinas kundi kahit sa labas ng bansa not once pero madalas. And because of that they rather to choose iyong mga hmmm at hmmm. Now I'ts confirm na si GMA ay bulag she just sign not knowing what she is signing . Siguro next time sasali rin niya ang kanyang pangalan
    Aug 01 2009 @ 05:51am     Reply  
  • pissd^chiq
    Nakakalungkot...nag-attend ako ng tribute concert para kay Dr.Ramon Santos. Siya ang karapat-dapat na maging Pambansang Alagad ng Sining. Hindi makatarungan ang ginawa ni GMA na isingit si Caparas. Wala talaga siyang alam. Gusto yata nya na sa lahat ng aspeto ay may kabalbalan siyang ginawa.
    Aug 01 2009 @ 12:32am     Reply  
  • JAPS
    Only in the Philippines!
    Ganito na ba talaga ang mga Pilipino/Filipino/Pinoy?
    Nakakahiya, si Carlo J. Caparas na hindi man lang nag-aalis ng cap at sunglasses sa loob ng simbahan, National Artist?, na walang maisip i-direk kundi karahasan at kalaswaan?, ANO BA NAMAN YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN?
    Jul 31 2009 @ 11:40pm     Reply  
  • vic
    This maybe out of Topic, but it is almost the same.
    Lani Mercado was appointed by the Office of the President as a Board Director of San Miguel Corp! (Duh!) Replacing Silvestre Bello III. Another payback for Bong Revilla's Loyalty to GMA.
    Jul 31 2009 @ 10:55pm     Reply  
  • Cecilia
    Isa lang ang masasabi ko, ang kapal ng mukha ng gobyerno natin. Grabe, sukdulan na!
    Jul 31 2009 @ 10:13pm     Reply  
  • TODAY
    wala yatang delicadeza itong si Cecile Guidote Alvarez. shame on her!

    at si Carlo J. Caparas, a National Artist? what a shame!
    Jul 31 2009 @ 10:05pm     Reply  
  • Gilda S.
    Carlo Caparas, Utang na loob....Obvious ba na hanep sa sipsip! Ano kaya ang sinipsip niya kay GMA at bigla...parang magic...kuha niya and supposedly coveted NAA?

    Films? WHHHAAAAATTTT? Sonamagan!

    Lino Brocka
    Ishmael Bernal
    Gerardo de León
    Fernando Poe, Jr.
    Eddie S. Romero
    Manuel Conde

    tapos....Carlo Caparas???

    Namputcha...teka....susuka muna ako.....
    Jul 31 2009 @ 10:02pm     Reply  
  • enzo
    Tama, if i were them, i would be ashamed to receive the award. Lalo na kasi even a few months ago revealed na yung choices ng mga committee, so halatang halata the names who were not on that list are not really deserving! they don't have the recognition of the peers and cultural community. nakakahiya...pero sa tingin ko, mga walang hiya naman yan, specially si pitoy at si guidote alvarez. makakapal ang balat nila!
    Jul 31 2009 @ 09:23pm     Reply  
  • cweesy
    Ahahahaha! Ah, I know what qualified Carlo J Caparas for the award: The '90s must be his golden years!

    - Kuratong Baleleng (Wilson Sorronda: Leader Kuratong Baleleng Solid Group)

    - The Lilian Velez Story

    - The Marita Gonzaga Rape-Slay: In God We Trust

    - The Untold Story: Vizconde Massacre 2 - God Have Mercy on Us

    Hahahahahahahaha!
    Jul 31 2009 @ 06:58pm     Reply  
  • Ronnie Quizon
    I'm thankful that they decided not to include my dad in this list this year. It's a list that will be questioned, doubted and ridiculed by Filipinos for eternity.
    Jul 31 2009 @ 05:50pm     Reply  
  • ang senador
    Napoleon V. Abueva
    Ang Kiukok
    Victorio C. Edades
    Cesar Legaspi
    Vicente S. Manansala
    Hernando R. Ocampo
    Benedicto R. Cabrera
    Abdulmari Asia Imao
    Fernando C. Amorsolo
    Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco
    Arturo R. Luz
    J. Elizalde Navarro
    Guillermo Estrella Tolentino
    Jose T. Joya

    ...tapos Carlo J. Caparas!

    anak ng tokwa!
    Jul 31 2009 @ 02:30pm     Reply  
  • caiden
    if i were alcuaz, mañosa and the others.. i will never accept the award... ayokong mahanay kay caparas at alvarez... i'll cringe...
    Jul 31 2009 @ 02:26pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    Isa lang ang masasabi ko. Mga walang delicadeza si Cecile Guidote Alvarez, kailangan niyang tanggihan at ibalik ang parangal, dahil ito ay magiging mitsa ng kaniyang buhay! Hindi siya tatantanan ng mga kapwa niyang manlilikha ng sinig habang siya ay nabubuhay. kaya maaga pa lamang at ibalik na niya ito sa kinauukulan. Ganun din sa pagpili kay Carlo J. Caparaz bilang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining. Ano ang ipapalabas niya? Ang kanyang mga masaker movies? May higit na nakakalamang kay CJC, nandiyan si Mars Ravelo na lumikha ng Darna at Dyesebel? Larry Alcala at marami pang iba. Hayyyy naku. Wala akong problema kay Pitoy at sa mga ibang pinarangalan. Hayyy Pilipinas, pati ba naman sa sining, may pulitika? At may palakasan?
    Jul 31 2009 @ 02:17pm     Reply  
  • Huwat!!!
    CJC as a National Artist? WTF?
    Jul 31 2009 @ 02:03pm     Reply  
  • rene cruz
    It is indeed a mockery. They are not the best artist but personal choice of Arroyo.
    Jul 31 2009 @ 01:08pm     Reply  
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