• Kris Aquino for National Artist Award!

    12

    President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino The Last, I mean The Third, is absolutely correct—a National Artist should be a paragon of morality. Never mind that a nominee had taken his or her craft to a new height of excellence. What really matters most is moral character, consistent with the president’s pursuance of a “tuwid na daan.”

    Now, somebody very close to BS Aquino could really fill the bill—his youngest sister Kris. She’s hailed as the Philippines’ version of Oprah, the undisputed queen of American television and host extraordinaire. Kris mentioned this comparison when she interviewed American actor-singer Jamie Foxx in her ABS-CBN program. (There was a report that Oprah Winfrey thought of suing her for defamation. Fortunately or unfortunately, this turned out to be a hoax.)

    Oprah built her reputation over years of hard work, dedication and selflessness. No, she didn’t gain instant fame and stardom as her mother wasn’t a former president who gave back a broadcast franchise at no cost to a former owner. Thus, to be considered the Philippine version of Oprah bestows on Kris Aquino a great honor, much higher than being called the local version of Paris Hilton or of Kim Kardashian as some of her detractors are wont to do.

    Kris Aquino hasn’t been a movie actress and talk show host for a long time but she already has a lot of followers. This bespeaks of her quality as an artist. Those who say that this was mainly the result of promotional efforts of ABS-CBN must be blind to her innate talents. As a TV host, she’s very honest, especially when it concerns herself and her son. Didn’t she tell Foxx that her son’s movie (with young superstar Raissa Mae) had earned more than Foxx’s movie?

    She has accomplished so much in such a short time that ABS-CBN now calls her “The Queen of Philippine Media.” (Other broadcast outfits and print media organizations might stress that ABS-CBN doesn’t speak for them so at best, Kris Aquino should be considered “Queen of ABS-CBN.”) The titles “Oprah of the Philippines” and “Queen of Philippine Media” should suffice to qualify her for nomination to a National Artist Award.

    Oh wait, many might bring up the question of morality. So, she has accomplished so much, but is she morally upright? Well, that shouldn’t even be an issue. She’s a sister of the President, right? The President has always said that his late parents had reared him to be upright and I can presume that they also brought her up to be morally upright.

    She should be of the same moral mold as her brother. (If she has made a lot of men happy, can we conclude that her bachelor brother had also made a lot of girls happy?) What’s more, BS Aquino and his drumbeaters can always find a way to deodorize anything, even the questionable use of pork barrel by his Cabinet members and the charging of his friends and allies with graft and corruption.

    So somebody, anybody, please nominate Kris Aquino for a National Artist Award. She should be a cinch to get the endorsement of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. From there, the President’s immediate nod should just be a small step, a ministerial one, in fact.

    This doesn’t smack of nepotism. This award to a supremely talented artist like Kris will bring back BS Aquino into the graces of the movie industry. He had alienated many of its members after belittling actors in his Araw ng Kalayaan address in Naga City and by refusing to give Nora Aunor a National Artist Award. By approving an award to an actress, he’ll be telling everybody that he actually recognizes the importance of movies in Philippine culture. Why, he might even convince the public that Kris is more deserving of the NAA than La Aunor!

    efrendanao2003@yahoo.com

    Share.
    loading...
    Loading...

    Please follow our commenting guidelines.

    12 Comments

    1. Raymund Liongson on

      Arrrrgghhhh!

      What an insult to all deserving National Artists and to every Filipino who values the Arts. Come on, STOP politicizing everything.

      I can’t even stand HER in her 15-minute “Aquino & Abunda Tonight” Show. She keeps interrupting more intelligent discourse (from Boy or a guest) and senselessly diverts to totally irrelevant, cheap, dumb talk.

      National artist? No way! Maybe National Public Desperada Award!

      “Love, love, love!”

    2. I’m not a fan of Kris or of Nora but I’m just curious by what you mean by morally upright Mr. Danao?

    3. It is not far fetched Mr. Danao that a moron member of congress, in order to please Pnoy, will take your column literally and file a bill declaring Ms. Kris as a National Artist!

      • Raymund Liongson on

        With many morons and sycophants (or maybe should be spelled “psychophants”) or sip-sip in Congress, that is not far-fetched.

    4. Efren L. Danao’s article is SARCASTICALLY ENJOYABLE! P-‘Noy does not even know that his “tuwid na daan” is now “nakatuwad”! No wonder, his hecklers are sprouting day by day! Still his minions, presumably, want to give him a halo! Get that (the halo) from the foul smoke of his cigarette stick.

    5. Im not sure why but i just dont like her, i find her quite condescending & patronising. I know you pinoys rave over her but i just cant watch her. I find her very ammatureish & as with most pinoys i think she talks a lot of tripe. All drivel with no content. Im sorry but she just isnt my cup of tea.

    6. National Arte, pwede. Artist no, i protest! Or else just call artists by another name. Don’t put them on the same level as her, please.
      National Arteng Nakakaiinis, Nakakatulilig at Nakakasuka is most appropriate!
      At ang lahi nila, National Disaster!

    7. Gemma Laarni on

      Yes! KRIS AQUINO FOR NATIONAL ARTIST (aaargh!) But before we do that we need to clean the airwaves and remove all the filth on television. REMOVE THE TELEVISION HOSTS WHO DO NOT PROMOTE GOODNESS & NOBILITY—AND OH, THE NATIONAL INTEREST THAT NOYNOY TALKED ABOUT. THEREFORE WE NEED TO REMOVE KRIS AQUINO FROM TV AS SHE IS NEVER A GOOD INFLUENCE IN THE IMPRESSIONABLE MINDS OF CHILDREN! Enough with narcissism and conceit in national television.

    8. Kris Aquino as Queen of ABS-CBN is a given. The Lopez family owes their family existence to the Aquino is also a given for without the Aquino’s where will the Lopez family be? Meralco? Hmm, Meralco have been a mismanaged entity and being made a milking cow of the Lopezes when Cory Aquino did not give, repeat GIVE the Maharlika Broadcasting System to them for FREE even though the Benedicto’s paid all what ABS owed the government during the Marcos years. I am assuming that the battle cry of the Lopez family is protect and help the Cojuangco-Aquino in all and everything they want and need as a gesture of gratitude for the gift of a network. Far as I am concerned, Kris is being credited where she is not worth it, she can dictate what show she wants, what time, etc .Kris is not even a good actress and will out-talk anybody in the world, not caring if she is tactless. Of course we have Boy Abunda and the rest of them who are always licking her ass just to tickle her ego and get favors from ABS-CBN. I even suspect that the Cojuangco-Aquino have shares in ABS-CBN hidden somewhere or c/o some person within the Lopez family. Noticed also that ABS-CBN is a diehard Cojuangco-Aquino fanatic that this network will always be a tool to further any Cojuangco-Aquino interest. ABS-CBN is now seen as the most biased TV-Radio network because of the Cojuangco-Aquino connection. Kris Aquino as a national artist is the biggest anomaly created by the country.

      • Maxtar Tudtud on

        What you said are very interesting and enlightening, More people should know this anomalous arrangement between the Lopez and Cojuangco-Aquino family for the sake of the Philippines.

    9. arlyn pagaran on

      Para walang intriga, pagbgyan naang mga Noranian, Vilmanian, at lahat na artista na sumikat. Napaka shallow ng issue talaga