The National Artist Award is Definitely Not for Nora Aunor
Article and photos by Patricia Simone Dauz
This year’s “Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining” award was given to Ms. Nora Aunor, but it doesn’t mean that there’s no hope for her to get the “National Artist Award” in the near future. Only time can tell. But as far as we know, she was bestowed the highest award by the CCP, which was a testament to the artistic contribution she has made in the field of film.
Last 17th of September, she attended the awarding ceremony at the CCP Main Theater, together with 10 other individuals and two organizations. The other artists awarded were Denisa Reyes (dance), Fides Cuyugan Asensio (music), Antonio “Tony” Mabesa (theater), the late Roberto Chabet (visual arts), Ricardo “Ricky” Lee (literature), Paulo Alcazaren (architecture), Ben Farrales (design), and Armida Siguion-Reyna (musical theater and film). The two organizations were Talaandig School of Living Tradition and The Missionary Society of St. Columban.
The award is conferred every three years to individuals and organizations who have shown their utmost dedication to their respective craft. The tradition started in 1977 up until 1986. It resumed in 1989. To date, around 100 artists and organizations have been given the award. Aside from the trophy, the awardees received citation, medals, and a cash token.
Aunor is known as the Philippine Cinema’s Superstar, and some even named her the People’s National Artist. She has appeared in numerous films, with her most notable works being in the eighties. She has no formal training in acting, but her style of underacting, which employs the use of eyes and minimal gestures to convey emotions, is reminiscent of the Stanivslaski acting method.
Earlier this year, around May, Aunor made the headlines because she allegedly cancelled her flight to attend the Cannes Film Festival because she was put in the economy class. This was for her film Taklub, directed by Brillante Ma. Mendoza.
One of her upcoming films is Tuos, a Cinemalaya 2016 film to be directed by Derick Cabrido. One of the film’s producers is Tere Siguion Villonco, the granddaughter of Aunor’s co-awardee, Ms. Armida Siguion-Reyna.