MANILA, Philippines – Internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded actress Nora Aunor finally broke her silence after her exclusion of this year’s National Artists Award.
Aunor admitted feeling hurt after being snubbed for the National Artist award but thanked her supporters who have rallied behind her and perceived her as an artist.
“Inaamin ko pong nasaktan ako sa mga nangyari. Pero ang dagsang suporta na nakita ko at naramdaman mula sa aking mga kababayan, mga katrabaho ko sa industriya, mga fans at mga kaibigan, mga pari at madre, mga guro at iba pang taga-akademya, mga taga-media, mga National Artists, mga pangkaraniwang mamamayan dito at sa ibang bansa, ay sapat-sapat na upang maramdaman kong maski wala mang tropeo o karangalang igawad sa akin ang mga nasa kapangyarihan, iniluklok naman akong mga kababayan ko habang buhay sa kanilang mga puso bilang isang artista ng bayan,” the veteran actress said via Manila Bulletin.
Aunor said on Philippine Star that the honor given to her by the Filipino people is more valuable than being declared as a National Artist.
She also assured the public that she continues to hone her craft in acting, to persevere in sharing whatever talent she has and to strive harder to become a good citizen of the country.
The actress was part of the list submitted by the National Commission and Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) but was not included in the list of honorees announced on June 20.
NCCA legal counsel Trixie Cruz-Angeles assured Aunor they understood her sentiments.
Moreover, the NCCA said they were disappointed by her exclusion but respects the decision of President Benigno Aquino III. However, they are open to revising the nomination rules and they are considering of re-submitting Aunor’s name to Malacañang. Yet it has to be agreed upon and voted by the NCCA’s board of commissioners and the CCP’s board of trustees.
-KLYTE FAYE VELOSO
LNU, ABCOM INTERN