Monday, August 10, 2009

'National Artist' Juana Change: 'Inggit lang kayo, tse!'



Hilarious and spot-on, but for a low-blow moment. Skip that bit about her illness, please. Ang sa akin lang, her public actions are fair game. Her personal life isn't. Sure, she and her patron committed the crudest pambabastos against the very community her office is tasked to nurture and speak for. That betrayal cuts deep. Responding in kind, though--muck for muck, bile for bile--is the surest way to cede the moral high ground to a slippery free-for-all slope, a useless game of ad hominem paintball. Let's not go there.

As things stand, it's a no-brainer face-off.

In this corner (thanks, Dennis, for the partial list): Napoleon Abueva. Virgilio Almario. Salvador Bernal. Ben Cabrera. Bienvenido Lumbera. Arturo Luz. Eddie Romero. F. Sionil Jose. Celeste Legaspi. Behn Cervantes. Alexander Cortez. Laurice Guillen. Jose Estrella. Henry Frejas. Anton Juan, Jr. Joel Lamangan. Chris Millado. Dennis Marasigan. Raya Martin. Mark Meilly. Gil Portes. Raymond Red. Carlos Siguion Reyna. Jose Javier Reyes. Adriana Agcaoili. Bituin Escalante. Cara Barredo. Red Concepcion. Johnny Delgado. Eugene Domingo. Bart Guingona. Simon Ibarra. Roli Inocencio. Nanding Josef. Leo Martinez. Raul Montesa. Bibeth Orteza. Ces Quesada. Armida Siguion Reyna. Peter Serrano. Raquel Villavicencio. Joy Virata. Ogie Arcenas. Abdon Balde. Marne Kilates. Liza Magtoto. Vim Nadera. Rody Vera. Krip Yuson. Edna Vida. Nonoy Froilan. Danny Javier. Leah Navarro. Jim Paredes. Raul Locsin. Della Besa. Emily Abrera. Baltazar Endriga. Bambi Harper. Maan Hontiveros. Boots Herrera. Marian Pastor Roces. Ige Ramos. Jun Yee. Gilda Cordero Fernando. Sylvia Mayuga. Rissa Hontiveros-Baraquel.

In the other corner: GMA. Cecile Guidote Alvarez. Carlo J. Caparas. Frank Rivera. Manoling Morato. Vilma Labrador. Anonymous.

Ansaya!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

ako din! kasama ako ng mga tunay na alagad ng sining!


ricci chan :)

Anonymous said...

Cadiz, may isa pa sa "other corner"--Ricky Lo. Hahaha!

Salami

Anonymous said...

cancer... god ano ba ang issue.. di ba ang may kagagawan naman nito si gloria. bakit hindi siya ang tirahin...

isauli na niya ang award. may mali sa proseso sa malacanang. hindi ako sang-ayon sa dagdag bawas pero ang tirahan ng pagkatao...

"cancer para maawa"... foul! (tignan ang reaction ng mga manonood)

bagtuhan ng putik sa kapwa putik.

peace. ang lungkot.

Ingrid said...

kasama pa si Lolit Solis. :)

soulahhh said...

ako po si juana change. sori po sa comment about cancer! mea culpa!!!

Anonimus said...

I think I need to change my alias to something that doesn't sound anything like anonymous. LOL.

Oh well, I have no pretensions about art and all that so I shouldn't really be plunking in my two cent's worth. Plus, I sometimes get a kick from really cheap stuff so I can't stick a finger up Carlo's. However, I would hate getting kicked in the face so I sympathize with those who feel that way about Guidote-Alvarez.

The protest against Carlo I really can’t get. I grew up on comics. It's low art, yes, and I find it funny that people name other lower artists as more deserving. So their art is lower? Or a higher form of low? This whole thing about which body of work is more deserving is confusing me, because I can't see how this protest against Carlo's art will lead to better art in general. Filipinos are not known for subtlety or nuance. We're vulgar and tacky and inane. Maybe Carlo's award is a reflection of what we really are as a people? That it comes as a slap in the face to the well-bred and the well-read is no surprise. It reminds them of the one thing they've been running away or were insulated from all their lives. Eeewww... no... noooo. I'm not like that, that doesn't represent me! I'm a Filipino and I'm so not like that. Well...

As for this Guidote-Alvarez thing... Was there no chance at all that she'd have won this award on merit alone at any time other than the Glorious incumbency? She's so kapal and all that? Hmmm... I think that to raise the consciousness of the masses to a level where they would feel indignation over this utter indecency the masses should first be weaned away from beauty contests, singing contests, reality show contests, mr. bikini contests, and all such contests. Anything of this kind can be rigged, and is always rigged. In the Philippines most specially but also everywhere else. There is always an agenda, even for the most deserving, and it is always a reflection of the times.

Blogger says "Your HTML cannot be accepted: Must be at most 4,096 characters" so the rest of the post is at http://anonimus-itech.blogspot.com/2009/08/hands-and-noses.html

The English Ocean said...

Sa mga region-based friends kong nagtanong kung andun ako sa Pagdadalamhati rally kasi daw hindi ako kasama sa list na nabasa nila sa blog ni Gibbs. Hahaha, ndun po ako. Hindi lang ako noted artist at baka hindi ako kilala nung naglista (di ko alam kung sino pero hindi yata si Gibbs. Hindi po ako bumabaligtad sa aking paninindigan. Laban kung laban!

Elmar Beltran Ingles

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