Carlo J. Caparas says he'd be crazy to refuse National Artist award

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"Kabaliwan na sa panig ko na 'yung lahat ng nasa sining ngayon na nag-a-aspire maging National Artist na kapag ibinigay sa 'yo, ipinagkaloob sa'yo, ibabalik mo o ipagwawalang bahala mo," Carlo J. Caparas told Cheche Lazaro in an interview to be shown in Probe Profiles on August 26.

"Itong karangalan hindi ko hiningi, hindi ko binili, hindi ko ipinagpalimos," he says.

The comics-writer-cum-film-director is under fire for being selected National Artist for Visual Arts and Film through a presidential intervention. However, the Supreme Court blocked the conferment of the award August 25 pending an investigation into various protests, including the petition filed by National Artists Napoleon Abueva, Benedicto Cabrera, and Bienvenido Lumbera, Virgilio Almario and Arturo Luz at the Supreme Court to stop conferment of National Artists awards Caparas, NCCA director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, fashion designer Pitoy Moreno, and architect Bobby Mañosa, who were appointed by President Arroyo without undergoing the strict selection process required by law to earn the high artistic merit.

"Yung mga pumupuna siguro sa akin, it's either minamaliit nila kakayahan ko o gusto nilang nasa katayuan ko sila, sinamampalad lang na nandoon sila sa labas at nakatingin na lang," Caparas said.

Probe Profiles also interviewed Celeste Legaspi whose father Cesar Legaspi is a National Artist for Visual Arts; Elmar Ingles, an official of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA); and Emily Abrera, head of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Board of Trustees; and Dona Villa, Caparas' wife.

Probe Profiles will be aired August 26, after Bandila on ABS-CBN. The episodes may also be viewed for free on probetv.com.

Photo from Probe.

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