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May 24

Proclaimed a National Artist, not awarded

The Comelec clams up. Amnesty International expresses alarm over the killings of Filipino journalists. Overseas, Thais wonder, is Thaksin a “peekaboo prime minister,” and what does it all mean? After all, he went on vacation and is now attempting a comeback.

Also, a persnickety clarification. National Artist is a title (titles in general are not forbidden: what are forbidden by the Constitution are titles of nobility). Someone becomes a National Artist by being proclaimed as such by the President of the Philippines. By virtue of having been proclaimed a National Artist, the person then gets to be conferred the insignia of the Order of National Artists, which symbolizes their belonging to the group of National Artists of the Philippines. Therefore, simply to refer to the “National Artist Award” is erroneous, forgetting both the origins and meaning of what someone becoming a National Artist involves and means. The title was, of course, inspired by the title of National Artist of the USSR, which has been carried over in some former Soviet republics.

So read this news article and see what’s wrong: FPJ named National Artist for Film. It should have read, “FPJ proclaimed National Artist for Film.” This story, for example, is written correctly: Poe proclaimed National Artist for Movies.

Parellel Universes (pioneering Philippine medical blog) hosts, for the third time, Grand Rounds, an online medical journal, in the form of commentaries and a roundup of interesting medical blog entries. A sampling of interesting entries, for the medical professional and layman alike: to be, or not to be, present at a resuscitation; a new quit smoking pill; and which sugar substitute’s best.

Something that caught my eye: Shrinkette puts together something we’ll see pretty often in the future: the blog equivalent of a festschrift for a departing (or departed) blogger.

In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is Assassinations Destroying the Future of Filipino Journalists (under a different title, it will also be my Inquirer column tomorrow, that’s how strongly I feel about the issue). Dan Mariano devotes his column to the same death that inspired mine, and explains why everyone should care. IKn his column, he refers to a blogger who knew the slain journalist.

Manuel Buencamino ponders the lurid details of a model’s spectacular allegations (and the ensuing controversy).

Torn and Frayed points to a funny story (which becomes hilarious when you view the film clip), of a fellow applying for a job and mistakenly invited to guest in the BBC’s studio because he had the same first name as an expert. Watch the film clip of the interview and read this follow-up story from The Guardian.

And something nifty, via Philippine Commentary: photos of the first working prototype of the $100 laptop computer. Ignatian Perspective on computing obsolescence.

The San Francisco Chronicle launches a podcast channel for Filipinos, a groundbreaking effort. What’s interesting, besides the effort, market, and subject matter, is that the podcasts will alternate between different Philippine languages.  Click here to check out Pinoy Pod.

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  1. R.O.

    In the same manner, the Palanca Awards should be called Palanca Prize.

  2. jhay

    Wow, a Filipino podcast channel, finally someone’s done it right. Will be tuning in later on.

  3. manuelbuencamino

    “No journalist identified with supporting the present administration has suffered a similar fate; the politicians and organizers of the ruling parties have similarly been free of harm.”

    Indeed.

  4. renmin

    “Amnesty International expresses alarm over the killings of Filipino journalists.”

    In the link you provided, Amnesty International refers to the killing of “leftist activists and community workers,” not journalists.

  5. a de brux

    Manuel Bunecamino’s piece is a thoroughly great read as usual.

  6. Dirk Pitt

    “Someone becomes a National Artist by being proclaimed as such by the President of the Philippines.”

    So Ms. Susan Roces should wait for a legitimate president to proclaim his husband as a National Artist.

  7. Jeg

    titles in general are not forbidden: what are forbidden by the Constitution are titles of nobility

    What Id really like to see outlawed is the practice by Pinoys of addressing the president (any president) as ‘His (or her) excellency’. Media people (from the govt station usually) are guilty of this and personally Im sick of it.

    Close second is calling Congressmen ‘The honorable…’.

  8. Anomie

    So Ms. Susan Roces should wait for a legitimate president to proclaim his husband as a National Artist.

    But in that case, the six other new National Artists should also wait, not just Ms. Susan Roces. And what about the other persons who were already conferred the title during Ate Glue’s “incumbency” and now enjoy the privileges of a National Artist?

    What Id really like to see outlawed is the practice by Pinoys of addressing the president (any president) as ‘His (or her) excellency’. Media people (from the govt station usually) are guilty of this and personally Im sick of it.

    Close second is calling Congressmen ‘The honorable…’.

    As far as I can remember, no law was specifically enacted to enforce a custom or a code of etiquette (unless we can ask Miss Manners or Emily Post to make their own proclamations). The president of a country, whether it be the Philippines, the United States, or France, is addressed “His/Her Excellency” in the same way that a reigning monarch is addressed “His/Her Royal Highness” or “His/Her Majesty”.

    However, I do agree that in this country, where it is a given that politicians have inflated egos, we can instead ask the media to cut down on the titles. “Sir” or “Ma’am” is a more economical alternative.

  9. schumey

    Why change the titles? Her Excellency is “EXECELLENT” at lying , cheating, and stealing while our Honorable Tongressmen “HONOR” anything if the “PRICE IS RIGHT”.

  10. Migs

    I hate to bring this up…but no Malang?

  11. a de brux

    Schumey,

    Gloria Punggok y Mandaraya is afflicted with intellectual leprosy and moral autism.

    She cannot govern.

  12. RUMMEL PINERA

    Medyo maiba tayo ng usapan. Sa gitna ng mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao na ginagawa ng rehimeng Arroyo, may mga iilang negosyo at “media companies” sa ating bansa na patuloy sa pagko- “cover-up” ng isyu ng pagka-lehitimo ng pagka-pangulo ni Ginang Arroyo. Sa tingin ko ay kailangang umaksiyon ang mga progresibong puwersa sa ating bansa sa panawagang “selective boycotting” ng mga negosyong sumasang-ayon sa pag-”cover up” sa mga isyu tungkol sa Garci Tapes’ Scandal at sa mga alegasyon ng pandurugas noong eleksiyong pang-pangulohan noong taong 2004. Isusuhestiyon ko lang sa mga grupo na nangunguna sa “mapayapa at ligal na ‘civil-disobedience campaign’” laban sa rehimeng Arroyo na manawagan na iboykot muna ang diyaryong Philippine Star at ang himpilang pantelebisyon na GMA 7 dahil sa sobrang pag-kiling nila sa kampanyang tuluyan na kalimutan ng sambayanang Pilipino ang mga usapin tungkol sa Garci Tapes’ Scandal at mga rebelasyon sa mga dayaang nagananp noong eleksiyon noong taong 2004. Kailangang manawagan ang mga progresibong puwersa sa ating bansa na huwag bumili ng diyaryong Philippine Star at huwag manunood sa kahit na anung programa sa GMA 7 dahil ang mga ganuong media companies ay pawang mga sipsip sa rehimeng Arroyo. Ang pagiging sipsip ng Philippine Star at GMA 7 sa rehimeng Arroyo ay labis na napapansin ng mga taong-bayan na nagbibigay ng kanilang mga opinyon sa mga himpilan ng radyo sa ating bansa. Kaya dapat lang na manawagan ang mga progresibong puwersa sa ating bansa na boykotin ang Philippine Star at GMA 7 hanggang hindi nila tinitigilan ang pagiging labis na sipsip nila sa rehimeng Arroyo.

    Isulong ang mapayapa at ligal na pakikibaka para lumabas ang katotohanan sa isyu ng pagka-lehitimo ng “Arroyo presidency”! Sana ay ipaabot mo ang mensaheng ito sa lahat ng mga progresibong puwersa na lumalaban ng mapayapa at ligal para sa pagkakaroon ng tunay na demokrasya sa ating bansa.

  13. jmakabayan

    Dirk,
    “So Ms. Susan Roces should wait for a legitimate president to proclaim his husband as a National Artist”.

    Looks like a trap for Ms.Susan Poe, acceptance recognizes and affirms GMA’s legitimacy.

    But, GMA herself validates and aggravates her illegitimacy each and everytime she violates the constitution.

    GMA’s illegitimacy really causes a lot of complications.

    GMA’s illegitimacy is a malignancy.

    GMA’s illegitimacy corrupts and debilitates.

    GMA’s illegitimacy is contagious, it contaminates with illegitmacy everything GMA touches.

    What is the antidote to GMA’s illegitimacy?

    Snap – Say No to A Phony – Election.

  14. schumey

    Rummel,

    There’s a rumor going around that a certain executive of GMA-7 is a director of the PIA. Maybe MLQ can confirm this. Jay Sonza mentioned this on the air in his early morning show right after Mike Enriquez interviewed GMA. Unfortunately, Jay did not give the executive’s name. Maybe this is the reason why GMA-7 softened up on their tirades on the administration.

  15. schumey

    a de brux,

    I agree with you. totally. And I thought she only suffered from dwarfism.

  16. ml3

    jeg, why? that’s part of protocol.

  17. ml3

    national artists’ proclamations go beyond the administration doing the proclaiming. marcos created the title, the artists have outlived his regime and the institution has proven more culturally important than particular presidents.

  18. Jeg

    jeg, why? that’s part of protocol.
    First of all, cool new look, mlq3.

    “His (or her) excellency” I think is outdated and is just a middle-class title of (pseudo) nobility. I mean I dotn mind a president of a sovereign nation address a fellow world leader as ‘your excellency’ as part of protocol, but for a member of the press or an ordinary citizen, that protocol shouldnt apply anymore. (Are you listening Freddie Abando? :-D ) Mr. President or Mrs. President is more than appropriate and more in keeping with our democratic ideals where the President is supposed to be a public servant and not a master.

    As for ‘Honorable’, I object to it on principle. They have to prove they have honor first to be worthy of the title. If not, Congressman or Mayor or whatever will suffice.

  19. mlq3

    thanks for the compliment on the new look. iguess i’m just old fashioned in that respect, jeg. i feel the world suffers from too little protocol as it is.

  20. gage

    Actually in the present sene in our nation I would like to congratulate the two brainy military liders allthough the attempt had not yet of success but through them somehow we could say that the eyes of the filipinos had been opened of what is the real sene in our society and in government as a whole…..”Saludo a ko sa mga liberal minded na tao dahil kung wla sila there no reform in ou8r society. So they must belong to the national artists but in liberal arts as a field of them…..” I hope so that the government of her excellency will hear the needs of every Filipinos….. Indios bravos!!!!!

  21. Sol Maris Trinidad

    Another not proclaimed but nominated National Artist is Ramon P. Santos, Ph.D. He was proclaimed National Artist for Music.

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