Published: Tuesday 23 October, 2018

FULL LIST National Artist Awardees 2018 Leaked: Nora Aunor Bypassed Again!

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Malacanang to announce the National Artist awardees this week. (Rappler)

The list of 2018 National Artists of the Philippines will be announced on Wednesday but one name will not be on that list – Nora Aunor. Known as the country’s ‘Superstar’, Nora Aunor has been bypassed for the National Artist award again.

The full list of new National Artists has been leaked ahead of the official announcement by Malacanang on October 23. It includes Ryan Cayabyab, Francisco Mañosa and Kidlat Tahimik, among others, but not Nora Aunor.

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Will Nora Aunor ever be a National Artist? (ECP photo)

No reason has been given why Aunor’s name was not included even though she was nominated for President Duterte’s approval. Her fans can only speculate that it’s the same reason why former president Noynoy Aquino likewise bypassed her in 2014 – her previous involvement with drugs.

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Some are hoping, though, that the president will approve Nora’s nomination when it is submitted for reconsideration.

National Artists Awardees 2018

Kidlat Tahimik (Film)
Ryan Cayabyab (Music)
Francisco Manosa (Architecture)
Ramon Muzones (Literature)
Resil Mojares (Literature)
Larry Alcala (Visual Arts)
Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio (Theater)

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