I did decide , some innumerable whiles back, that the way the winners for the arts and entertainment awards were selected haphazardly, presumably by drawing straws. Up to today, I never believe that any of the awards for anything involving the arts were justifiable and ably judged. No offense meant to the judges, but their people are there, the expertise is there, but the scope that they are using has a lot to be desired in order to obtain a non-controversial decision.
Put it this way, art is subjective, and grading a piece of art work requires the same evaluation as is required for marking a student’s essay in English. The evaluation would not be as exact as a grade in math. Each teacher, reading the same essay, would have a different opinion and evaluation for the essay. And even if they have similar opinion about the essay, the teachers’ proficiencies in English would then be the subject of scrutiny. Would they be well-versed in American English, British English, Australian English, Carnival English, Runyonesque English, or what? What would they be using as a measuring stick, the Juilliard School’s, the Stratford-on-Avon’s, the Academy Award’s, the Cannes Festival’s, the Tchaikovsky Contest’s, the Florentine Renaissance School’s, or the Payatas Academy of Arts’ method.
Perhaps they have their own method of evaluation—and it could never be worse than this. The judges see the arts and entertainment in the Philippines with a scope as narrow as what would be experienced within the confines of the country only. These people may have never been immersed in the different aspects of arts and entertainment abroad. In other words, they see the arts and entertainment in the Philippines only in a Philippine perspective, as if all the aspects considered are in a box, and they would be innocent of that which is outside this box. It is of no surprise that the decisions of these people become controversial. Worse, the decision for the awards have never been penned to document the reasons why the choices were made. Perhaps everything is decided from just a show of hands. This is decision based on innocence.
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
The poison of the honey bee
is the artist’s jealousy.
The winner’s shout, the loser’s curse,
Dance before dead England’s hearse.
Auguries of Innocence
By William Blake