Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Stand by for the firestorm

Just announced: seven new National Artists, including National Commission on Culture and the Arts executive director Cecile Guidote Alvarez for theater, and Magno Jose Carlo Caparas for visual arts and film.

Discuss.

(The others: Manuel Urbano, also known as Manuel Conde, for film and broadcast arts [posthumous]; Lazaro Francisco, literature [posthumous]; Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, visual arts, painting, sculpture and mixed media; Francisco “Bobby” Mañoza, architecture; and Jose “Pitoy” Moreno, fashion design)

16 comments:

Male Portraiture said...

GMA just blew it, these presidential insertions are putting the NCCA and the NA screening panel to shame!

talagang stand by.... a firestorm is really coming!

joelmcvie said...

Actually the firestorm already started on Twitter.

Anonymous said...

Selection of national artists are political naman talaga. people should recognize that. whatever some of them have become, may mga achievements din naman sila.

MisterHeuge said...

Someone in Malacanang must be a big fan of these Caparas classics:

1. The Marita Gonzaga Rape-Slay: In God We Trust!
2. Victim No. 1: Delia Maga (Jesus, Pray for Us!)
3. The Untold Story: Vizconde Massacre 2 - God Have Mercy On Us.
4. The Maggie dela Riva Story (God... Why Me?)
5. The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Masscare (Jesus Save Us!)

beektur said...

Thanks for the list MrHeuge. With Pieta I & II, it seems like Caparas has the biggest backer of them all. (God forbid) :)

dennis marasigan said...

During the last deliberations for the National Artists, the presentors were asked how the nominees compare with the previous winners. AND SO, the list for FILM now reads: Gerry de Leon, Lamberto Avellana, Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Eddie Romero, Fernando Poe Jr., Manuel Conde and Carlo J. Caparas.

And what could be the reason for not naming Ramon Santos, who was nominated?

Anonymous said...

1. The Marita Gonzaga Rape-Slay: In God We Trust!
2. Victim No. 1: Delia Maga (Jesus, Pray for Us!)
3. The Untold Story: Vizconde Massacre 2 - God Have Mercy On Us.
4. The Maggie dela Riva Story (God... Why Me?)
5. The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Masscare (Jesus Save Us!)

---> this was a phase, ang mga artists naman may mga phases talaga na hindi maganda...pero it should not erase the fact na may mga nagawa din siya na nagdefine ng pagkapilipino ng maraming tao.

Nicolas Pichay said...

Hoy anonymous, huwag kang magtago kung talagang pinaninindigan mo ang mga sinasabi mo.

Magpakilala ka.

beektur said...

eto na...nagsisimula na ang mga panggulo at atribida kahit di alam sinasabi nila. apologists who confuse their stupidity for argument. Carlo Caparas as Visual Artist? He did not even illustrate his own stories! And I doubt if he made doodles in his film storyboards. Cinema? Granted he has an extensive body of work the best these morons could have done is to give him a lifetime achievement award. Or even an Arroyo Arts Award (Triple A, may dating pa). But to elevate him to a National Artist level -- a position that shared by National Scientists and National Living Treasure, is a direct and indiscriminate assualt to the very soul of the Filipino nation. What films did he do that define the Filipino-ness of so many people? Maybe your vision of what a Filipino is, and I feel sorry for you even now. Arts are not only for enjoyment. They elevate us from what we are to what we can be, what we SHOULD aspire to be. Indeed, it's what distinquishes us from the dogs and the carabaos. The horse is much faster, even cockroaches are more profilic. But they can not produce anything that mirrors who they are or what they can do. The confirmation of Caparas as a NATIONAL artist is a direct insult to our nation. Not only did Arroyo steal money and history, now she stole our very soul. Shame on her and shame on her apologists!

MisterHeuge said...

Oops, I forgot to mention:

The Lipa Massacre (God Save The Babies!!!)

Rody Vera said...

Before this gets focused on a re-evaluation of the merits of Carlo J. Caparas, let me just say that what I find most reprehensible is the abuse of presidential priviledge in conferring the arguably highest Award for the ARts in this country. This priviledge was first invoked by President Ramos. And when he included Carlos Quirino, a historian, in the roster of National Artists it has also raised a furor, though limited. GMA's abuse of presidential priviledge is attested by:

1. eliminating Ramon Santos (for music) in the final roster (there were, I learned, only four) submitted by the NCCA and the National Artists screening panel. The screening panel, I am presuming, undertook a meticulous evaluation of possible nominees. and that it is not a requirement to come up with a name but rather the choosing has to be unmistakably certain. So when the name of Ramon Santos came up-- I couldn't understand what GMA's ground for striking his name out of the list is.

2. I find it shameful that the conferment of Cecile Guidote-Alvarez happens when she is the head of the VERY BODY commissioned to select the National Artist award. Kahit na anong contest na alam ko, automatically disqualified for nomination or conferment ang sinumang involved sa pagpili ng mga nagwawagi! I am not here to question the merits of the artists concerned. Alvarez's ( or for that matter Carlo Caparas's) achievements in the arts field are there for everyone to evaluate or repudiate. Pero kahit maghugas si Cecile ng kamay at sabihing hindi siya kasali sa selection process-- it is but DELIKADEZA to inhibit hereelf from even getting nominated or conferred the award WHILE she is in that office. ang kapal.

I don't usually react to issues like these because, maaaring tutoong sabihing the National Artist Award has always had a tainted reputation of being "political" than deserving-- ever since its inception during the Marcos years. Pero aren't there principles of decency? (Sheesh-- what a stupid question.)

Why should a president who has invariably relegated the Arts to sub-standard priority even care to strike out or include names whose achievements she doesn't even probably know? Nagbasa ba siya ng komiks? Nakinig ba siya sa music? Very rarely does she even deign to listen to artists. I would even go so far as to concede if she has her favorite works of art to support but, no! she only has ass-lickers to feed and prop up, political favors to attend to. and while we're up in arms about this-- she is summarily doing the same to JBC.

Abaniko said...

Sana next time, si Pokwang naman ang National Artist. Idol ko kasi sya. Pinoy na pinoy at nakakatawa, este, nakakatuwa.

Chris Laclos said...

Mr. Caparas, marami kang nagawang magagandang bagay sa buhay mo. Ang tanging maidadagdag mo na lang sa mga ito ay ang HINDI pagtanggap ng National Artist Award for Visual Arts and Film. Para na rin ito sa kapakanan nating lahat.

Anonymous said...

hindi ba mga colleagues din naman ng ibang nagcomment dito ang pumili or involved sa selection ng national artists? bakit walang nagsasalita sa kanila?

Bakit hindi sila magstage ng walk out kung feeling nila natrample ang process. pag ginawa nila iyon, mawiwindang talaga ang presidente.

this is so sad given the fact na sa visual arts halimbawa, in singapore, panalo ang mga pinoy doon. tapos sa atin, iyong may talent hindi narerecognize....

sabagay, sa theater na lang eh, may patronage (and not in a good way)..so wag na tayong magtaka kung bakit ganito ang nangyayari. aminin man natin at hindi, sa school productions nga sa mga university. even sa palanca, may patronage din. Dito pa kaya when so much is at stake...

beektur said...

Why not focus on evaluating the merits of Caparas? Or Pitoy Moreno? Or the whole Fashion category? Abuse of power aside, we are talking about elevating to the status below National Hero people of questionable achievements and roles in the society. These are supposed to the people who will inspire a whole nation! But then again, we are really good at irony, only in a twisted sense. After all, we call Gloria President and her husband a Gentleman when he is anything but.

amateur ear said...

Ayan na- GMA has sullied our political as well as cultural institutions. Bastos talaga.

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