Showbiz stars upset by PNoy snubbing of Nora Aunor
Philippine showbiz has certainly been rocked by the issue of President Aquino’s snubbing of Nora Aunor for this year’s National Artist Award. Stars like Robin Padilla, Maricel Soriano and Piolo Pascual have voiced out a resounding sentiment among Filipino actors in the midst of the snubbing: disappointment.
Robin Padilla was one of the first in the entertainment industry to comment on the issue, saying that an explanation is in order: ‘Kapag sinabi na hindi siya (Nora Aunor) karapat-dapat sa posisyon na ‘yon eh dapat may eksplenasyon.
‘Alam ng lahat kung sino siya at ano ang naidulot niya sa industriya, sa pelikulang Filipino, musika, telebisyon. Hindi pwedeng “no comment”.’
Maricel Soriano was more heated about the issue, saying ‘Nakakainis, e. Naiinis ako talaga. Nasasaktan ako para kay Ate Guy.’
Instead of demanding for an explanation, she questioned the requirements and process of being a National Artist: ‘Ano ba ang kredensiyal ng isang tao para gawin kang National Artist? Ano ba talaga ang kailangang i-submit?
‘Gusto ko talaga siyang maging National Artist, kaya nasaktan ako na hindi naging siya.’
Piolo Pascual gave another perspective on the issue and said Nora Aunor ‘for sure’ deserved recognition. But that recognition is already enclosed in her body of works and is not based on her receiving a specific award: ‘With all her achievements I don’t know if it (National Artist Award) is still needed.
‘Kailangan pa ba nating gawaran ng ganoon? I mean, let the achievements or whatever recognition she’s had speak for what she has done for this country, ‘yun na ‘yon.’
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, who was one of the producers of Nora Aunor’s hit ‘Himala,’ also voiced her disagreement with the Palace. However, she is determined that this let down will not affect Nora Aunor because the actress ‘is the embodiment of the Filipino spirit, we always get up and survive and better than survive we become stronger!’
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