CARLO J. CAPARAS: National Artist

carlo-j-caparas GMA’s National Artist
President Arroyo has recently declared former security guard turned Filipino comic strip creator/writer-turned director and producer Magno Jose “Carlo” J. Caparas as National Artist for a new & “mixed” category she herself created, “Visual Arts & Film.” GMA’s choice of Caparas though was not surprising since Mrs. Arroyo’s rise to power itself was a work of fiction.

In last week’s protest action, Armida Siguion-Reyna said she didn’t want to address her message to Carlo J. Caparas because “mahina ang kanyang ulo,” to which his wife, Donna Villa said, “Mahina man ang ulo, malakas naman sa pangulo.”

carlo-j-caparas2 Top Six Messages Left on National Artist Awardee Carlo J. Caparas’ Answering Machine

No. 6: “Carlo, si Joel Lamangan ‘to. Walang personalan huh pero… hindi ko keri ang award mo! Maloloka ako sa ‘yo!”

No. 5: “Mr. Caparas, this is Dr. Butch Dalisay, director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing, UP College of Arts and Letters. Allow me please to share my thoughts on your controversial palace-backed recognition. But before I say my piece, may thesaurus o dictionary ka ba sa tabi mo? You’ll need one.”

No. 4: “Hi Carlo, shi preshidente ‘to. Congratulationssh for a job well done. Alam mo, exshcited na ‘ko sa bago mong pelikula. Promish, papanoorin ko ‘yang ‘Pangarap Kong Jackpot.'”

No. 3: “Direk Carlo, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez here. Isa lang ang masasabi ko… mamatay sila sa inggit!”

No. 2: “Hi sweetheart, si Donna (Villa) ‘to. ‘Yung usapan natin huh: sa ‘yo ang state funeral, sa akin ang monthly pension. Clear?”

And the No. 1 message left on Carlo J Caparas’ answering machine…

“Hi Direk, one week na akong nagta-try na ma-meet ka in person pero masyado ka raw busy. Return my call naman if you have time. Sanga pala, si delicadeza ‘to.”
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64 thoughts on “CARLO J. CAPARAS: National Artist”

  1. Gloria Hellow?? kaya nga democratic tong country nten eh. it means majority ang ngddecide hindi isang dwendeng ipakta mula sa ilalim ng lupang gaya mo!!. I saw mr. caparas on news at feel na feel nya ung award. Marami pang masdeserving na pwedeng mging national artist when it comes to theater in arts that needs to be more recognize. naka2sira ka ng araw gloria. bwiset!!

    love & peace to all : )

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    1. kabayan ang tanong ko lang ano ba yung tinatawag mo na duwendeng impakta ? she is the president of the philippines and whether we like it or not she is the president of the philippines.!!! and bakit kay direk carlo j. capras and kay mam cecile guidote alvarez kayo galit? wala silang ginagawang masama sa inyo.. and one question.. sa palagay mo yung mga nagproprotesta na yan bagay sa kanilang tawagin NATIONAL ARTISTS!!!?????? basta ako kahit anong sabihin nyo direk carlo caparas is deserving i believe in his works and “adhikain” and to mam cecile alvarez ingit lang po sila sayo… CONGRATS TO THE BOTH OF YOU!!!!

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  2. Well, I honestly don’t give a hoot on this controversy because experience wise, “Art” to me is talagang pang-elitista lang.

    Ang masasabi ko lang pala, kung komiks ang national reading material ng mga masa, and the masa comprises 70% of the population (C, D and E brackets) di, bigyan mo ng pansin ang representative ng masa na si Carlo Caparas.

    At para lalong sumaya at magkalabo-labo na silang lahat, i-declare din na national artist si yumaong Rene Requiestas.

    At wag kalimutan si Lito Lapid. Go go, LL. I’ll support your bid for a National Artist Award.

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      1. Aba bestpren, why nut coconut, chocnut, feynut at lahat na ng makukunat?

        Si LL? He is the best epitome of Film – a branch of ART!

        Wikipedia, a research source known for tampered facts, says that he has close to a hundred films to date. From Tatlong Baraha to Lapu Lapu to Aguinaldo to Lacson to Ben Tumbling to Leon Guerrero to Asong Gubat to Barbaro Santo to The Best of the West 2 until Tatlong Baraha, one can see that he is the most flexible in all aspects of ART.

        What more can one ask for? Aber? Ganoon ba ka-wide ang range ng mga obra maestras kuno ni Carlo J? E wala naman artistical trademark yan kundi bitinin ang mga readers nya sa komiks dati ng expected na…. ITUTULOY.

        I think now is the right time to create a petition for LITO LAPID as National Artist Award.

        Simulan na ang campaign dito key PH. Salbahin ang Pilipinas. Huwag iboto si LL sa pagka SENADOR. Pang National Artist sya.

        Mga kababayan. Now na!

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    1. atleast si direk carlo capras eh may puso sa mahihirap.. walang masamang tinapay sa kanya bata, matanda, lalaki, babae, bakla, tomboy and haller mas madami pong masa kaysa sa mga elitistang sinasabi mo.. kaya hindi sila nagtagumpay hangang dyan lang dahil HINDI SILA MATUNONG LUMINGON NG PINAG-GALING NILA. and sana wag na sinasama yung mga patay na naka-himkay na nga eh…!!!!

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    2. ganon!!!! hehe… kakatawa ka naman kabayan alam mo ba yung mga sinasabi mo?? eh yung mga nag-proprotesta na national artists eh sila ba deserving sa award nila?? tignan mo nga yung mga behavior.. magrally daw ba.. and akala ko ba elitista sila eh dapat sila desente eh bakit mas desente pa yung galing sa mahirap na masa daw na not deserving daw… !!!!!

      GOD BLESS NA LANG SA INYONG MGA NANG-HUHUSGA NA TAO..!!!

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  3. di ko maintindihan after making this decision to have caparas and alvarez as national artists, now the palace leaves all this bruhaha for the supreme court to decide. tama ba ang news? why cant the palace just retract its decision , say ” i am sorry” one more time and let the artists decide among themselves who they want to be national artist.
    papa, nakakaloka!

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090809-219427/Palace-looks-to-SC-to-settle-National-Artist

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  4. how come i’m not surprised anymore with gma doing this? what’s bewildering is the part where they thought they can just get away with this and assume gma’s obama visit and cory’s death would cloud the issue on the natl artist award. sobrang manhid na nila sa kabuktutan (tama ba tagalog ko?)

    gma’s down to her last few months of tenure, what more awful things will gma do while she’s in power? it’s kinda scary.

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  5. hahaha, siyetehan! that’s also a good one…or two CD movies of Caparas. Kung ako lang e itali sina Gloria, Alvarez etal sa silya ( na nakapako sa sahig) at panuorin lahat ng pelikula ni Caparas. Kasama na si Caparas sa mga itali—para masiyahan siya sa kaka-explika sa mga donya yung mga technical gimmicks na ginawa niya.
    Nakapanuod ako ng isang pelikula ni Caparas, ha? dahil nga nag-enrol ako sa isang kurso ng cinematic arts…yung Vizconde yata yun. gitna pa lang ay walk-out ako.

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    1. gusto mo ikaw ang itali ko.. BIG DEAL BA YUNG MASSACRE MOVIE NA JUSTICE FILM FOR THE ALL THE VICTIMS. “HALLER” buti pa nga yung mga massacre movie ni direk carlo nakakatulong sa mga biktima di ba para mahuliagad yung mga naging suspect ng bawat istorya.. eh kung yung mga pulis nga hirap di ba!!!! UTAK PAGANAHIN!!!!

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  6. IMHO, this “National Artist Award” thingy is “simple” yet GMA did use “abuse of power”. How much more for more important issues?

    One of these is the one that concerned the Judicial and Bar Council where Malacañang requested to expand its list of nominees to the two vacancies in the Supreme Court. Kudos to the JBC – it did not allow GMA to pressure them. After all the JBC is the body that is constitutionally mandated to screen prospective nominees, come up with at least three names for every vacancy in the Supreme Court, then submits the list to Malacañang for the President to choose from among the nominees.

    FIREWOMYN, you’re right. Kinda scary how GMA is “playing” her last few months.

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  7. i love this post.

    caparas really do not deserve to be lined up with the likes of lino brocka. malamang kung buhay pa yun saka yung iba pang national artists, sya nalang ang magsasauli ng award nya basta wag lang sabihing comparable kay caparas.

    wala na. wala nang value ngayon ang national artist award. palakasan na pala ang labanan. tsk tsk. lahat nalang.

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  8. I forgot to mention. I read somewhere that the issue is not Carlo J. Caparas and Cecile Alvarez being named as National Artist Awardees.

    The bigger issue is that both Caparas and Alvarez were not included in the shortlist and deliberations of the selection committee, and Malacañang “striked out” four names that were not in the list to accommodate GMA’s “pets”

    Talk about respect for rules. If the President is the first one to break the rules, what do would you expect from its constituents?

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  9. Eto po ang gustong mangyari ng ating mahal na presidente. Ang pag usapan ang walang kakwenta-kwentang issue para pagtakpan ang mga katarantaduhang paglulustay ng pera ng bayan. She have done this a thousand times before and I can say, she’s very good at it. This director is just one of Gloria’s “clowns” para ma-divert ang isipan ng pinoy habang ang mahal ninyong pangulo ay busy upang pagtakpan ang pagwaldas ng pera sa Amerika. Ganito na lang ba talaga? “Kayo na nakaupo, subukan nyo naman tumayo at baka matanaw ninyo ang tunay na kalagayan ko..” “Habang may tatsulok, at sila ang nasa tuktok, hindi matatapos itong gulo!”…

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    1. Puwede din ang alam ko madaming alam na language si PGMA… ingit lang kayo!!! pati yung mga nag-rarally sa kalye gusto nila sila ang maging artist!!! atleast si direk carlo itutulong sa mga street children yung makukuha niyang binipisyo eh yung mga nahirang na national artist na nag-rarally naisip ba yun!!!!

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    1. OO nga kabayan di sila nagbabasa ng filipino komiks … kasi nga elitista sila eh ang binabasa nila mga spiderman!!! hehehe:) and nga pala sana wag na icompare si dire caparas kay mars ravelo kasi patay na yon!! and pareho ko silang gusto… and may nagagawa si direk carlo caparas na di kaya ni mars ravelo andsi mam alvarez madami siyang natutulongan. bulag,pilay at pipi… and mabait na tao…

      THUMBS AKO SA KANILANG DALAWA!!!

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  10. this is a time of fakes: fake products, fake money, fake jobs, fake recruiters, fake politicians who disguised themselves as kabayan (wala namang bayag) or champions of the poor, etc. etc…..now comes a fake national artist?.. but i say nothing beats a fake president!!!
    … no wonder we are a nation of fakes!!!!

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    1. you are the fake one!!! hirap kasi sa pinoy lahat big deal and kung ano lang ang naririnig yun lang ang iisipin sa isang tao… di mo nila alamin kung ano at bakit di ba.. dati di ko gusto si PGMA but now i like her kasi kahit papano madami din siyang talong at nagawa sa ating bansa .. righ!!!??? and kahit na puno ng batikos at pang pupuna at sabihin na din nating pang-aapi mahal pa din nya ang mga pikipino.. KAYO ANG MGA PEKE!!! GET LOST KABAYAN!!!

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    1. hakika dito babarilin na kita.. mr. caparas and mam alvarez deserving to be added sa newly national artist coz long overdue na sila ok.. kaya wag pumalag pa!!! yung mga national artist na nagrarally sila ang hindi long overdue gusto kasi nila yung mga kapareha din nila yung maging national artist ngayon.. MABUHAY KA CARLO J. CAPARAS AND MAM CECILE ALVAREZ!!

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    1. Ikaw ba si Carlo J Caparas? Mapagpanggap ka talaga direk…You answered all these posts in a single day and in succeeding minutes..Inupuan talaga..kaloka ka..Kung di ka si direk, maybe youre Donna Villa in-disguise. Anu beh? Balik nyo na ung award…Di ko kayo kineri…Eto nga pala si Apog (sa mukha ni direk)

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  11. LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    The Arrogance of Protesting National Artists

    A surprise histrionic attack was launched on the selection of the 2009 National Artists proclaimed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. When the Cultural Center of the Philippines finds it convenient, its leadership appeals not to inject politics into the arts as it has become the object of protests by victims of the martial law regime of Marcos. The CCP is now in a controversy for its recognition or restoration of a discredited conjugal dictatorship. Yet obviously, the CCP after fueling the national artist brouhaha, surprisingly, has directed a political assault on the President with her duty and authority of giving a State Award. At the Congressional hearing, the Minutes of the meeting of the NCCA Board signed by some of protesting CCP officials and National Artists like Rio Almario and Eddie Romero and son of National Artist, Felipe De Leon were unfolded. The November 6 and December 4, 1997 discussion respectively states as follows:

    “c. The two Boards concluded that it is within the President’s prerogative to create new categories as well as declare awardees without the benefit of passing through formal selection process.” (November 6, 2007; NCCA Minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting, page 3)

    And

    “It was emphasized that the NCCA Commissioners and the CCP Trustees acknowledge the authority and prerogative of the President of the Philippines to create National Artist Categories, to disapprove recommendations made to him by the NCCA and CCP, or to designate National Artists on his own initiative.” (last paragraph, page 2; December 4, 1997; NCCA Minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting)

    Clearly, from these meetings since 1997, there was a consensus and unanimity after resolving the rancor against President Fidel Ramos choice of Carlos Quirino for a new category of historical literature. To quote Shakespeare “it was all sound and fury signifying nothing” since in the end, CCP-NCCA Joint Board acknowledged Presidential authority and prerogative to proclaim National Artists. Their function is limited to advise. The entire melodrama of protests for 2009 was maliciously conjured up as a media magnet of hitting the President and unleashing a smear and vilification campaign against the persona of the 2009 National Artists. Unfortunately, whoever IS the Machiavellian gang who started the vicious trial by publicity unfairly misled a whole community and paved a highway of conflict where there should be none.

    The prevailing rule is Executive Order No. 236 which rationalized all government awards into an Honors Code creating an Honors Committee to assist the President which has the capacity to liaise with appropriate government agencies such as the CCP and NCCA for preliminary recommendation and selection as well as receive other nominations and consult with expert resource persons in the field to provide additional advise for the President’s judgment. To make sure that there is no variance or difference of interpretation of the CCP-NCCA role, Executive Order 435 amending Section 5 of the Honors Code underscored its function as advisory and not mandatory.

    We congratulate the President for her discernment in choosing Bobby Mañosa, who pioneered a distinctive fILIPINO architecture through use of indigenous materials, Pitoy Moreno dubbed Asia’s fashion czar, Carlo Caparas, the Comics King for his voluminous work of comics stories that have been transformed into TV and film as part of his efforts to revive the comics industry: as well as giving a long overdue recognition to Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, the youngest Filipina to have received a Ramon Magsaysay Outstanding Asian Award as PETA Founder linking Philippine theatre to the international arena since 1972and hailed as the 1st UNESCO Artist for Peace Awardee from our country IN 2003. Even in exile she merited the UN Human Rights Day Award for Theatrical innovation and provided cultural services to Filipinos abroad.

    Where is the abuse? Their credentials are solid. If they were daughters or brothers or political allies without qualifications, only then can you raise the issue of the President’s abuse of discretion. When the protestors including the children of Marcos berated her as an over rated artist raised the issue against certain prohibitions on Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, the Office of the Solicitor General analyzed that it is not prescribed by the internal rule of CCP-NCCA they cited as they are deemed unrelated or impertinent to her status. She was not nominated in the CCP-NCCA process where she was involved as the head of the coordinating secretariat. She also did not participate in the Honors Committee deliberation where she was nominated by Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and Congressional Medal of Merit Awardee. Fr. James B. Rueter, S.J., National Artist, Dr. Alejandro R. Roces and Sen. Edgardo Angara among others.

    Corollarily, the President’s proclamation of Alvarez is not unprecedented. The late Carlos P. Romulo was declared National Artist during his incumbency as Secretary of Foreign Affairs by President Marcos. Until Congress comes up with an amendment or create a new law to govern the selection of National Artists, we must respect the rule of law. I attended the Congressional Hearing presided by Rep. Del De Guzman providing a chance for Dialogue instead of one sided accusations. We advise people to look at the facts rather than adhere to a culture of gossip and vendetta. There are some protesters who may have some axe to grind against some of the proclaimed National Artists. There are also those who relish the protest venue for their party list membership in aid of election.

    It would be good for Congress to look into the parameters of a parallel National Medal of Arts in the US where the President is given the freehand as head of state to select from among the names submitted by the National Council of Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts as well as include those of his own initiative as long as it does not exceed a list of 12 artists annually.

    What is amazing is the arrogance and lack of delicadeza of some national artists claiming monopoly of artistic expertise, excellence and exceptional body of works. We lay our trust on the SC for their decision on the legalities of the proclamation. When the CCP board wanted to arrogate upon itself the selection of trustees and whipped out a storm amongst themselves, the Supreme Court rendered its judgment on the pre-eminence of presidential prerogative. Here we go again, there is a saying: Those who do not learn from their past are condemned to relive it.

    Commissioner Abdulrahman
    Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF)

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