By Leslie Ann Aquino
Even Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes believes the late veteran actor Eddie Garcia should be recognized as a National Artist.
The prelate said the actor, who was born in Sorsogon, deserves such recognition, citing his numerous films.
“I think so, especially because he comes from Juban, Sorsogon,” said Bastes in an interview.
“He did many films and movies,” he added.
To note, the 90-year old actor appeared in more than 400 films and TV shows, and even won numerous awards in all his years in showbiz.
Garcia died last week after being in a coma for days, stemming from a cervical spine injury that he sustained while filming for a teleserye in Manila.
In the wake of his untimely death, a throng of showbiz personalities, including those who are elected government officials, have been pushing that he be honored as a National Artist.
They claim that his 70-year experience as an actor and director, as well as his professionalism and credentials, qualified him to be recognized as a National Artist.
In the past, Bastes also supported the proposal to declare Nora Aunor, another Bicolana, as National Artist.
He said he was impressed with the performance of the “Superstar” in the movie “Himala.”
The title National Artist is accorded a Filipino who has made stellar contributions to the development of Philippine arts.