|NO HOLDS BARRED|
Writing here for 10 years now since January of 2002, I’d only touched on the National Artist Awards five times: To justify someone receiving it (Levi Celerio, in 1997); to pray the non-worthy don’t get it; to laud a president who got it (Fernando Poe Jr., in 2006), and twice to criticize the underhanded manner with which it was awarded in the previous administration, in 2009.
The recognition of Filipino artistic accomplishment at its highest comes with a medallion and a citation. Other privileges are: (a) P100 thousand net of taxes for living awardees, or P75 thousand net of taxes for posthumous awardees to be given to the awardees’ nearest of kin; (b) a monthly life pension, medical and hospitalization benefits; (c) life insurance coverage for the still insurable; (d) a place of honor at state functions, national commemoration ceremonies and other cultural events; and (e) arrangements and expenses for a state funeral..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune