Carlo J. Caparas, Cecille Guidote-Alvarez named National Artists: Dagdag-bawas by GMA?
Eyebrows have been raised over some names included in the new list of the country's National Artists. Named National Artist for Theater was Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, incidentally the executive director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), which oversees the selection process of the National Artist Awards together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Alvarez is also the presidential adviser on culture.
According to a report by Newsbreak, it is a 'shameless' selection. Alvarez runs the the awards secretariat, and advises Malacañang on matters that concern the sector for which the award is intended. Says the report, "Actually, [some artists] also feared that President Arroyo would do dagdag-bawas on the list of awardees that the Council of Experts submitted. That, Gng. Gloria also did. She inserted not just 1 name but 4."
Carlo J. Caparas was also named National Artist for Visual Arts and Film along with the late Manuel Conde (whose production of his self-starring Genghis Khan made waves at the 1952 Venice Film Festival) for cinema, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz for visual arts, Lazaro Franciso for literature, Francisco "Bobby" Mañosa for architecture, and Jose "Pitoy" Moreno for fashion design.
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