Sen. Lito Lapid’s cites 5 potential National Artists: Nora, Vilma, Dolphy, Erap, and Eddie Garcia

When it comes to things that he’s passionate about, actor-turned-Senator Lito Lapid is always quick on the draw.

Just recently, Bacolod Representative Anthony Golez Jr. proposed that actress Nora Aunor be named a National Artist. That prompted House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo "Erin" Tanada III to propose that Aunor’s contemporary, Vilma Santos, should also be named a National Artist.


Thus, according to, Senator Lito Lapid has recommended that aside from Aunor and Santos, the following also be named as new National Artists for Cinema of the Philippines: former President Joseph Estrada, Rodolfo "Dolphy" Quizon, and Eddie Garcia. The report went on to quote Lapid’s observation about the Noranians vs. Vilmanians clash in Congress: "Dapat pareho silang gawaran ng titulo kasi kung hindi baka mabuhay ang mainit na labanan sa pagitan ng mga fans ni Nora at Vilma (We should give Nora and Vilma the honor at the same time or else we might bring back the skirmishes and in-fighting among their fans brought by their intense rivalry)."



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