On Willie Revillame and the National Artist Award

No, this is not about Willie Revillame bestowed with the National Artist Award. These are two separate issues the telly had provided for the week. It would be aired repeatedly until the issue had died down or there is another more crowd drawing and opinion deriving issues that will surface.

Hmph… can a bath in one of those walk in tubs stifle my heated cranium?


I’d go straight to the point saying that Willie Revillame is not guilty of anything. At least from that clip they showed on the television where he appeared to be dismayed (and voicing it out) seeing on the monitor then President Cory Aquino’s cortege aired simultaneously with the Wowowee show.

I am not a fan of Revillame but I believe he does not mean anything harmful saying those words and telling management to remove the footage aired at the same time the show is on. I would like to translate what he meant. He probably meant that it is not proper that the footage of Cory Aquino’s cortege be aired while Revillame is trying to go on with a show intended to make people entertained. The show’s concept includes merry making with laughter and shouting. It would appear that everybody in the show, not only Revillame, does not care about the whole national event.

ABS-CBN’s management could have considered not airing the noontime show anymore especially that their outfit covered the whole event. The show should have been cancelled for a day in respect to the icon of democracy’s burial procession. Also, MTRCB barked at the wrong tree reprimanding Willie Revillame. He is an employee, only a part of the organization, and he is to follow what was told to him – go on with the show. Suffice it to say that it should not be Revillame only whose attention was called upon for violating some rules but also the outfit that should have done something to honor Ms. Cory Aquino’s burial day.

Willie Revillame is as human as everybody to be affected. There are lapses though in judgment talking in front of the camera where he could have made the request not in front of it.


For a president to use her power to insert four people including Carlo Caparas to be chosen as recipient of the National Artist Award is truly a mockery to the truest essence of the award and to the system or process of selection.

From a show hosted by Cheche Lazaro, UP Professor Butch Dalisay had rationalized the clamor for a just selection process for National Artists. It was learned that though Carlo Caparas was in the first deliberation he was not able to make it on the second deliberation. It was truly questionable why all of a sudden he was in the list.

The ever arrogant Caparas with his bully-like stance justifies the anointing and embraced the award with gusto. Out of delicadeza, one could have thought first before accepting the award knowing that in the second deliberation he was not included, or if he does not know of it, be curious enough to ask why.

It is no doubt that he has contributions, and maybe a talent, but there is a process and because he did not make it on the second deliberation, it meant that his accomplishments did not pass the criteria, he fell short of perhaps the creativity and brilliance that is being sought. Who else has the right to verify these qualities? Is it the president? From what was discussed in the show, these criteria are set forth by CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) and the NCCA (National Commision on Culture and Arts).

Please, oh, please, listen for you to understand!

17 thoughts on “On Willie Revillame and the National Artist Award

  1. i do not watch wowowee so i googled it out of curiosity. you are right, nothing new there, willie is not known to be tact and honorable so the petition is an overkill.


  2. i do not watch wowowee, too. but learned the issue via the news.

    it is definitely an overkill, vanessa. what do we expect from willie? he is known to be with that kind of personality. i don't know how and why the issue had become overblown.


  3. It is a bit strange to be taping a game show so soon after Aquino's death. Then again, I seem to remember that that's probably not the first time Wowowee has been embroiled in controversy.


  4. di ko gusto si willie pero almost everyday akong nanonood ng wowowee dahil sa iba't ibang klase ng contestant sa willie of fortune…

    pareho tayo ng nakita sa point ni willie..ang alam ko kasi malapit si willie kay dating president Cory at lagi nyang binabati sa show kasi everyday daw nanonood ng show ang dating presidente.


  5. Tama ang sinabi ni Abaniko na dapat ay kinancel na ang show ni Willie that day for Cory pero alam nyo naman pera pera lang ang labanan dyan. A day for not airing might mean a million or more in money from sponsors.

    Tama kayo overkill nga itong petition for critical thinkers pero hindi na naiwasan kasi talagang nagalit na ang mga tao…. ibat ibang klaseng tao so no control na.

    Sa isang YouTube video na inapload ko from the news ay grabe ang comment. – Philippines Blog


  6. Why in the world would a funeral be aired in the background of a game show ???? Willy Revillame is absolutely right when he told the station to stop showing the funeral.

    ABS-CBN is really stupid for not having the balls to say that they screwed up.

    Those who make a big deal about this and nailing Willie down are plain idiots who don't know how to pay respects to a dead person.


  7. in fairness, pokwang, the show naman has been helping a lot of people. except for some irregularities and the host, okay ang concept.

    jack, that is the sad news because we Pinoys have the tendency to ride with the tide.

    bw, that is the sad part of the whole outcome, the outfit did not stand for willie. di bale na siya ang magsacrifice instead of speaking in his behalf.


  8. I don't like willie either but I review what he said and didn't find anything wrong with it. He was just a victim of the phrase “taken out of context”. That's the result when a lot of people have some ax to grind against him.

    As for caparas. May I ask what are the criteria and category in choosing a national artist? If “komiks” is a category, then Larry Alcala and Nonoy Marcelo are strong contenders compared to him.


  9. oo nga, blogusvox. and because people find it easy not to believe him, he was taken out of context, judged without hearing first his side of the story.

    there are others far worth receiving the award. you can find the criteria here.


  10. I've seen some episodes of Wowowee and I could see how tactless Willie can be – perhaps, it would have helped if he just requested it off-air and that would have averted this issue.

    As for Caparas, I fully support those who protest his inclusion in the list. Shame on Malacanang, they don't know what it takes to be a real national artist!


  11. i wished, too, that he could have done it that way, nomadic pinoy. lapse of judgment really.

    as to this caparas issue, his loyalists are insisting that he is more than worthy of the award because his comics are read by the masses while his elitists antagonists are not even known to the masses but to only a few. that is so shallow a reason for me. how can the masses, without meaning to insult, identify true art? if one is void of education about culture and arts, again without undermining the masses, how could he define what makes a masterpiece? nililihis ang tunay na issue na me proseso at hindi ito dapat pinanghihimasukan. bakit me proseso pa kung ganoon?


  12. Teka-teka muna….Tita Bing, ibig niyong sabihin pinalusot ni Tita Gloria si Tito Carlo na maging National Artist? At ano ba itong issue ni Tito Willie na pinagkakaguluhan ngayon ng bayan? Bakit sa atin kapag nagbibigay galang sa tawag o kaya eh term of endearment sa mga karaniwang nakakatandang Pilipino eh Tatang, nanang, aling, mang ang sambit pero kapag medyo alsa sa buhay ang tinuturing ay Tita o Tito?

    Dapat ang higit na pag-ukulan ng pansin ay ang tanong na…Karapat-dapat din ba ang posisyon na bigay ng bayan sa kanila ng bayan sa karamihan ng mga mamba-batas sa Pilipinas? Ngayon'g nalalapit na ang susunod na halalan, dapat isa-isip ng taongbayan ang karapatan ng isang mamba-batas kung talagang akda nga itong magsilbi sa bayan at karapat-dapat nga ba itong tangkilikin na tagapag-taguyod ng kabutihan sa bayan.

    Ito lamang po,

    Ang inyong lingkod,

    Tiyo Delyo


  13. ei, noypetes, mustamos?

    para yatang nahuli ka sa balita, ha. totoo ang iyong mga nabasa. marami nang mga pangyayari dito sa atin na malangsa.

    alam mo gising na ang bayan pero laganap pa rin ang corruption. ang dapat sa araw ng eleksyon ay magbantay.


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