It was an indignant weekend for Nora Aunor followers and the rest of industry hangers-on as once again the SUPERSTAR was not on the officially released list of this years roster of National Artists by the NCCA. Malacanang is silent on the issue perhaps for obvious reasons of not having to deal with might be considered as a blatant disregard for Nora Aunor’s value and importance in contemporary Philippine culture.
Her non-inclusion once again revived speculations that she simply does not personify in her personal [private] self the much ballyhooed requisites that embodies what a national artist should be. Indeed we cannot simply undermine the growing subtle scream of fellow artists and a wide mass of audience who patronize local cinema that IT IS about time that Aunor be granted the honor that she deserves. This is all backed by a reputable bulk of body of work which she spurned in her over 40 years in the business starting off as winner of a national singing contest. If there is no question about that anymore, what is questionable now is WHY , for the longest time has she been ignored ? The only logical move this government can do right now is to explain to the public , point after point why the SUPERSTAR of Philippine Movies NORA AUNOR once more did not make the cut!