Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) and National Press Club (NPC) urge the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) to start the process now for the official proclamation of veteran actors Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon, Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Eddie “Manoy” Garcia and superstars Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos as national artists in the field of cinema.

            These five undoubtedly achieved perfection in their arts that have made them idols of the Filipino masses.

         Giving due recognition to extraordinary feats in arts as what these five have registered is indispensable not only to honor the heroes and heroines in arts but mainly to give inspiration to aspiring young artists and the unborn generations to achieve better than they think they can.

Honoring extraordinary feats also puts in record those standards by which all later generations would take as a reckoning point to aim higher and to raise the bar of excellence.

            Furthermore, one aspect where hundreds of Filipino tribes and cultures could meet to promote understanding and unity is by giving premium to performances in arts by every individual from any tribes.

         Genius in arts springs anywhere. No one tribe or culture or religion has the monopoly of extraordinary feats. 

            Additionally, honoring thy heroes and heroines in arts as national artists is an act of honoring God because ALAM and NPC believes that extraordinary talents in arts are God-given.

            There have been thousands of actors and actresses who have graced the Philippine movie scene.  But only a few have achieved the marks to give the best entertainment the Filipino has ever watched.

            And for being among the few, Dolphy, Erap, Manoy, Vilma and Nora no doubt more than deserve the honors to be crowned as the national treasures or national jewels that the Filipino should cherish forever.

            Let us honor thy heroes and heroines in arts!
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