Palace declares new National Artists; Nora Aunor didn’t make it

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11:47 AM June 20th, 2014

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By: Totel V. de Jesus, June 20th, 2014 11:47 AM

Poet-novelist-essayist-writer and literature professor Cirilo F. Bautista is the new National Artist for Literature. PHOTO from www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines—After a long wait, Malacañang signed on Friday the proclamation orders declaring the new National Artists of the Philippines.

They are Alice Reyes for Dance; Francisco V. Coching (posthumous) for Visual Arts; Cirilo Bautista for Literature; Francisco F. Feliciano and Ramon Santos for Music; and Jose Maria V. Zaragoza (posthumous) for Architecture.

Actress Nora Aunor, who was reportedly part of the list submitted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, wasn’t included.

Aunor was nominated as National Artist for Film.

The proclamation orders were released and can be downloaded by the public through the Official Gazette.

Ballet Philippines founder Alice Reyes is National Artist for Dance. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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