I went to watch Dulaang UP's Lulu yesterday. At the end of the show, I was delighted to hear the cast announce that they were grieving the Death of the National Artists Awards. The National Artist Award is given by the Philippine Government to those who have made the highest contribution to Philippine Art. This year, 4 names were submitted to become National Artists, but once they were submitted, 1 name was omitted to be replaced by 4 more others. This has become so controversial and National Artists are calling it, "dagdag bawas." In a way, they find that they are butchering the National Artists Awards. A protest was staged yesterday. I really wanted to come but I had work. I'm glad to see in the news that a lot of people attended it. Let us protect the integrity of the National Artists Awards.