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Byline: Pablo A. Tariman, Contributor
RAMON SANTOS, WHO UNderwent surgery last week after a heart attack, was a composer of the first order.
Santos had been elected by the joint board of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) after a rigorous selection process to be named National Artist for Music.
But President Macapagal-Arroyo, in what arts and culture sectors said was a grave abuse of power, removed him from the list of new National Artists and instead named her own adviser for culture and the arts, Cecile Alvarez-Guidote, as National Artist for Theater. Alvarez herself remains an NCCA official …