President Benigno S. Aquino III confers the Order of National Artists for Cinema (Posthumous) on the late “King of Philippine movies” Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, popularly known as Fernando Poe, Jr., represented by FPJ’s wife actress Susan Roces, in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (August 16). Roces refused to accept the posthumous award during a conferment ceremony at Malacañang in June 2006, during the incumbency of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Poe ran against Arroyo in the 2004 presidential elections, the results of which were questioned by FPJ before he passed away on December 14, 2004. The Order of National Artists (Orden ng Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining) is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who made significant contributions to the development of Philippines arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film and Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts. The order is jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Witnessing the ceremony are Poe’s grandson Bryan Poe Llamanzares, CCP president and NCAA commissioner Raul Sunico, NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., CCP chairperson Emily Abrera and NCCA executive director Emelita Almosara. (Photo by: Jay Morales, Gil Nartea, Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

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