The possible nomination of the Philippines' late “King of Rap” Francis "Kiko" Magalona as a National Artist will have to wait.
Cecile Guidote Alvarez, executive director of the National Commission on Culture and Arts, said the nomination for the next set of National Artist awardees is already closed.
"Nominations for National Artist is done every three years. So for this year, the nominations are already in. In fact the voting will already start this early from April," Alvarez told ABS-CBN's morning show "Umagang Kay Ganda."
According to guidelines of NCCA, nominations received beyond the announced deadline for the submission of nominations shall not be considered.
Alvarez said President Arroyo will present Magalona's family with the Presidential Merit Award in recognition of Magalona's contribution to music and entertainment.
"The President recognizes the contributions of Francis M not just as the King of Rap but because he promoted nationalism in his compositions and used rap to engage the youth to positive action," she said.
Based on NCCA criteria, a National Artist is a Filipino who has contributed in building a Filipino sense of nationhood, an artist who has pioneered in a mode of creative expression or style, thus, earning distinction and making an impact on succeeding generations of artists, an artist who has created a substantial and significant body of works and/or consistently displayed excellence in the practice of their art form.
Alvarez said that family, friends, supporters and loyal fans of the “Master Rapper” will have to wait for the next round of nominations to include Magalona on the list.
The 44-year-old Filipino “Master Rapper” was diagnosed with leukemia last year. He died last Friday (March 6) at 12:20 p.m. at the Medical City hospital in Pasig City.