A year after his death, National Artist Award still eludes Dolphy

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A year after his death, the question remains: Will the King of Comedy Dolphy finally become a National Artist?

A source in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)—the government body that administers the award together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)— hinted it might take a little longer.

The source said the screening and selection process for the Order of the National Artists Award for 2013 is only in its second stage.

The NCCA’s official website (www.ncca.gov.ph) explains that in this particular phase, the Special Research Group is given six months “to verify the validity of the data, and evaluate the quality, true value and significance of works according to the criteria. It shall come up with the updated and comprehensive profiles of nominees reflecting their most outstanding achievements.”


The insider, who did not want to be identified, told The Manila Times the first stage—nomination—ended in January. “So the research process will be finished this July and be able to submit the nominee’s kit for the first deliberation,” she said.

A council of experts will provide the shortlist of nominees for the National Artist Awards.

At the second deliberation, the recommendations will be presented to both the NCCA and CCP which will vote and submit the final list of awardees to the President for confirmation, proclamation and conferral.

Dolphy was again nominated for the National Artists Award three months after he passed away by the City Council of Manila, then under the administration of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. He was first nominated in 2009 but was not proclaimed in what turned out to be a very controversial list of awardees under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

EUDEN VALDEZ

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