NOY CONFIRMS GMA 2006 PROCLAMATION MAKING FPJ AS NATIONAL ARTIST


[PHOTO shows Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, more popularly know as Fernando Poe Jr., the 2006 National Artist
]

MANILA, JULY 30, 2012 (INQUIRER) President Aquino has confirmed an earlier proclamation declaring the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. a national artist six years ago.

“Pursuant to the authority vested in me by law, I Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, do hereby confirm the declaration of Ronald Allan K. Poe, a.k.a. Fernando Poe Jr. (posthumous) as National Artist as conferred in Proclamation No. 1069, dated May 23, 2006,’’ Mr. Aquino said in Proclamation No. 435 dated July 20.

“It’s a confirmation because the National Artist award has been previously conferred on the late FPJ,’’ Abigail Valte, one of Mr. Aquino’s spokespersons, said at a news briefing.”As we all know, for reasons of their own the family was not able to accept the award previously.’’

Poe, who died of a massive stroke in December 2004, was honored posthumously in 2006 during the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. His family did not attend the formal conferment of the award in May 2006.

Poe ran as the opposition presidential candidate but lost to Arroyo by about a million votes. His family had accused Arroyo of stealing the vote from him.

After President Aquino took office in June 2010, Poe’s widow Susan Roces, and daughter Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, now head of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, expressed hope they would receive the award.

FROM ABS-CBN

PNoy wants to hand Nat'l Artist Medal to FPJ's family By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 07/27/2012 3:09 PM | Updated as of 07/27/2012 6:47 PM

MANILA (1st UPDATE)- Malacañang wants to hand to the family of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) the National Artist medallion and citation they previously refused to accept.

President Aquino issued Proclamation Number 435, confirming the posthumous declaration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that the late Ronald Allan Allan K. Poe be named as National Artist for 2006.

“Pursuant to the authority vested in me by law, I, Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, do hereby confirm the declaration of Ronald Allan K. Poe a.k.a. Fernando Poe Jr. (Posthumous) as National Artist as conferred in Proclamation No. 1069, dated May 23, 2006,” the proclamation reads.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the idea of the proclamation is to hand the National Artist award to the family of Poe in a ceremony at the Palace.

“That is the idea,” Valte told reporters.

“It’s essentially confirming the previous proclamation that was issued. As we all know, for reasons of their own, the family was not able to accept the award previously,” Valte said.

In 2006, then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo named Poe National Artist but the family refused to attend the awarding ceremony.

Poe ran against Arroyo in the 2004 presidential elections, the results of which were questioned by Poe before he passed away.

Under the guidelines for the awards, a posthumous conferral consists of the medallion, citation, and cash award being given to the family or legal heir/s of the honoree.

“The cash award of P75,000.00 in cheque shall be given to the honoree’s legal heir/s or a representative designated by the family immediately after the ceremony or at another time and place as requested by the family,” the guidelines read.

In response, FPJ's wife, Susan Roces and the rest of the Poe family said they are elated with Aquino's affirmation of Poe's National Artist Award, and that they are now ready to receive the award at the Palace.

"With this, my family can finally receive the award at Malacañang. The symbolic significance here, is a long awaited tribute to FPJ, and for his contemporaries, admirers and supporters.

"This does not overshadow the honor that was given by the awards body, which was composed of esteemed artists, that first bestowed the award on FPJ in 2006; but in fact, further dignifies the national artist award process, for it to be given by an unquestionable administration, through a President that the Poe family and the Filipino people hold in such high regard. We thank once again the Council of Artists and we are grateful to President Aquino," Roces and the rest of the family said.

FPJ kin ready to accept Nat'l Artist award from PNoy ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 07/27/2012 5:37 PM | Updated as of 07/27/2012 5:37 PM

[PHOTO - Grace Poe-Llamanzares. File photo]

MANILA, Philippines -- The family of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. is finally ready to accept the National Artist Award for its patriarch after initially rejecting the citation six years ago.

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Grace Poe Llamanzares said her family is "extremely elated" after President Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 435, which confirmed an earlier declaration of Poe as National Artist in 2006.

Llamanzares is Poe's daughter with veteran actress Susan Roces.

"With this, my family can finally receive the award at Malacañang. The symbolic significance here is a long awaited tribute to FPJ and for his contemporaries, admirers and supporters," she said.

On Friday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the plan is to hand the National Artist award to Poe's family in a ceremony at the Palace.

'Unquestionable' administration

In her statement, Llamanzares said Aquino's confirmation of the National Artist Award for Poe serves to "dignify" the 2006 conferment of the same cultural honor under the rule of an "unquestionable" administration.

"This does not overshadow the honor that was given by the awards body, which was composed of esteemed artists, that first bestowed the award on FPJ in 2006; but in fact, further dignifies the National Artist award process, for it to be given by an unquestionable administration, through a President that the Poe family and the Filipino people hold in such high regard," she said.

"We thank once again the Council of Artists and we are grateful to President Aquino," she added.

In 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo named Poe a National Artist but his family refused to attend the awarding ceremony.

Poe ran against Arroyo in the 2004 presidential elections, the results of which were questioned by the King of Philippine Movies before he passed away. -- with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News


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