Comedy king Dolphy and superstar Nora Aunor as national artists?
In fact, several groups have been campaigning for years that they be proclaimed National Artists, but they were not voted on by the joint boards of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the agencies in charge for the search for National Artists.
This time, there is a renewed interest in making them win.
Dolphy, who is Rodolfo V. Quizon in real life, is now 84 years old and is sick. Already, President Aquino has presented him a Presidential Award of Merit for his contribution to the movie and entertainment industry.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has also awarded Dolphy as Outstanding Manileno. Dolphy was born in Tondo, Manila and started in the movie and showbiz in Manila.
Dolphy has appeared in hundreds of movies, many of which were produced by his RVQ Productions and has won many prestigious awards.
After several years of absence, Nora Aunor returned from the United States last year to do movies and other shows. She also signed up with TV5.
Nora is receiving loud backing from colleagues in the entertainment industry especially after Rep. Anthony Golez Jr. filed a resolution in Congress calling for the National Artist award for her.
German Moreno said the 58-year-old singer-actress from Iriga City truly deserves the recognition.
“Matagal na meron naman nang pinatunayan na talaga,” said he in a recent interview with “Unang Hirit.”
Actor and former president, Joseph “Erap” Estrada said “the title belongs to [Aunor].”
He also added, “She’s a good actress.”
Actress Boots Anson-Roa expressed hopes that the campaign would succeed.
“She [Aunor] qualifies kasi,” she said. “Lahat ng requirements puede siya.”
Grace Llamazares-Poe, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson, added, “Why not? Nora Aunor has made many movies like ‘Himala..”
House Resolution 2317 authored by Golez urged President Benigno Aquino III, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts to confer to Aunor the honor for “her immense contribution to Philippine Arts.”
The lawmaker explained his proposal as quoted in in an Interaksyon.com report as something that would allow for “hope” amid “the seemingly uncontrollable rise of prices of fuel and commodities.”
The report also quoted Golez as saying that Aunor is a “national treasure,” and that her “enshrinement” as National Artist is a “feel-good thing that the Filipinos can hold on to.”
The report further said, citing Golez, “The actress enjoys broad acceptance and recognition by her peers and critics and by the Filipino people. She has received local and international recognition for her acting, and her works form an important part of Philippine culture” and that “her achievements and contributions to the Philippine movie industry are more than enough to qualify her for the prestigious title.”