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Friday, July 31, 2009

entry arrow4:05 PM | The Carlo J. Caparas Story: Massacre at the National Artists Awards (God, Save Us All!)

When I first heard that Carlo J. Caparas -- the king of massacre movies and creator of the popular komiks series "Ang Panday" (and creator lang ha? he never even drew a single frame of it, this according to komiks walking encyclopedia Gerry Alanguilan) -- has just been proclaimed National Artist for Visual Arts and Film by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, I thought it was one of those jokes passed around cellphone to cellphone by some guy bored by the rainy days.

It wasn't.

But let's have the obra speak for itself, so they say. So let's consider naman these cinematic gems... The Cory Quirino Kidnap: NBI Files (2003), Wilson Sorronda: Leader Kuratong Baleleng's Solid Group (1995), The Lilian Velez Story: Till Death Do Us Part (1995), The Anabelle Huggins Story - Ruben Ablaza Tragedy (Mea Culpa) (1995), The Marita Gonzaga Rape-Slay: In God We Trust! (1995), Victim No. 1: Delia Maga (Jesus, Pray for Us!) (1995), The Maggie dela Riva Story (God ... Why Me?) (1994), Lipa Arandia Massacre (Lord Deliver Us from Evil/God Save the Babies!) (1994), The Untold Story: Vizconde Massacre 2 - God Have Mercy on Us (1994), The Vizconde Massacre Story (God Help Us!) (1993), The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!) (1993), Humanda Ka Mayor!: Bahala na ang Diyos (1993), The Myrna Diones Story (Lord, Have Mercy!) (1993), Ayaw Matulog ng Gabi (1990), Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Elias Paniki (1989), and Celestina Sanchez a.k.a. Bubbles (1988).

He deserves the National Artist title. He is very, very religious.

And then I got amused by the idea. This was sheer brilliance! It totally democratizes the prestigious (and elitist!) National Artist Award! It opens up a vista of possibilities! And I am giddy with all of it. Imagine, Annabelle Rama may be a shoo-in for National Artist for Film Acting! Delicious. Let's open up a new category (and they always do) and put in Film Criticism. Inday Badiday, post-humously! Or if you don't want dead people, Cristy Fermin!

Wait, wait!

What about Arnel Salgado or Xerex Xaviera as National Artists for Literature! Or Marc Logan for Broadcast Arts! Lito Camo for Music! Joel Lamangan for Film! The Sex Bomb Dancers for Dance! And I want my local sastre to be given her due and get Fashion Design!

It's all good.

(God, We Atone for Our Sins.)

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