Dolphy’s National Artist nomination being evaluated
But it will take time. The selection process can take up to two years, says NCCA.

'GOLDEN HEART.' In 2010, President Aquino awarded Dolphy the grand collar of the Order of the Golden Heart. The Comedy King, however, has been wanting to receive the National Artist award as well. File photo by Alfredo Francisco/PCOO

MANILA, Philippines – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) are now evaluating the nomination of Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon Sr for the National Artist award. But it will take time, the NCCA said in a statement released on Friday, June 22.

“For the moment, we understand that Mang Dolphy has been nominated and is now undergoing the process of evaluation—along with other noteworthy artists. In the meantime, we continue to pray for his recovery and return to full health,” the statement reads.

NCCA said the selection of National Artists is a long process. The “intensive screening and selection process” can take up to 2 years, it added.

“That Mang Dolphy has not been awarded the recognition yet does not reflect on the government or the arts sector wanting or not wanting to do so,” NCCA said.

NCCA and the CCP evaluate National Artist nominees. It is their responsibility to come up with a shortlist to be submitted to the President.

The award is given to “Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions for the development of Philippine arts and its cultural heritage.”

The NCCA statement explains the selection process:

“An initial screening and verification of their accomplishments and merits by the National Artist Award Secretariat and its Special Research Group, happens before a two-part deliberation procedure.

“The deliberation is composed of two different panels (The National Artist Council of Experts), which is composed of esteemed scholars, academicians, researchers, art critics and other knowledgeable individuals from the seven disciplines of art, as well as living National Artists.

“After the second deliberation, the experts recommend the shortlisted nominees, and present to the joint NCCA and CCP Boards for final selections, through a votation. The final list of awardees is then submitted to the President of the Philippines for confirmation, proclamation, and conferment.” –

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