The ever-politically involved Superstar of Philippine Movies Nora Aunor has long declared her support for presidential candidate Grace Poe, daughter of the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr. and the reigning Queen, Susan Roces.
As election day draws closer, the Superstar seems to be stepping up her endorsement as well by talking about her personal reasons for choosing the showbiz scion among the four other candidates running for the highest post in the land.
“Sa lahat ng mga kumakandidatong pangulo, bukod tanging si Sen. Grace Poe lamang ang may plataporma para sa ikalalago ng larangan ng sining at kultura sa bansa,” said Aunor at a chance encounter with several Entertainment editors in Quezon City.
Fully aware she was speaking to an interested audience, she continued, “Sa tingin ko alam ng senadora na kung gusto mo ng isang ‘Gobyernong may Puso,’ kailangan mong makita ang kaluluwa ng bayan mo, at ang sining at kultura po ang nagtataguyod para mabuo ang kaluluwa ng bayang ito.”
The multi-awarded actress who was controversially denied the National Artist award by the Aquino government pointed out that among the candidates, only the independent candidate has specifically talked about programs for the movie industry, painters, writers, actors and dancers throughout the campaign.
Among Poe’s programs for arts and culture are directed towards cultural heritage conservation, additional budget allocation for the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts, the implementation of copyright protection, and funding for the restoration of classic movies now considered cultural treasures.
“Walang bayan na uunlad kung iaasa lamang natin ang Pilipinas sa kamay ng mga trapong pulitiko, sa mga abusadong abogado at mga sundalo, at sa mga gahamang negosyante,” the actress, commonly referred to as Ate Guy in the industry, boldly remarked,
“Kailangan nating patuloy na itaguyod ang sining at kultura sa bayang ito at alam kong kaming mga nagmula sa hirap at patuloy na pinaghihirapan ang aming mga akda, ang aming mga obra at pelikula ay may puwang din sa puso ng isang Grace Poe,” sey ng natatanging superstar ng pelikulang Pilipino.