Nora Aunor: Does she deserve to become National Artist?

The Superstar, Miss Nora Aunor, got a recommendation from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts to become a National Artist.

Nora Aunor
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The award is bestowed by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation of the NCCA and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

According to a GMA News report published Thursday, the Commission recommended the multi-awarded actress in September last year. The approval is now up to President Benigno Aquino III.

NCCA's official website posted that the National Artist award is the highest recognition "given to Filipino artists who have made significant contributions to the cultural heritage of the country" in the field of Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film and Broadcast Arts, and Architecture, Design and Allied Arts.

It is conferred to "living artists who are natural-born Filipino citizens at the time of nomination, as well as those who died after the establishment of the award in 1972 but were Filipino citizens at the time of their death" and "artists who through the content and form of their works have contributed in building a Filipino sense of nationhood."

Individuals who deserve the recognition include "artists who have pioneered in a mode of creative expression or style, thus, earning distinction and making an impact on succeeding generations of artists; artists who have created a substantial and significant body of works and/or consistently displayed excellence in the practice of their art form thus enriching artistic expression or style."

Besides the rank and title of National Artist, a living awardee will receive a gold-plated medallion, a minimum cash award of P200,000 (net of taxes), a minimum lifetime personal monthly stipend of P30,000, life insurance coverage if still insurable, and a state funeral benefit not exceeding P500,000.

Nora Aunor deserves to become a National Artist, doesn't she?