Almario and becoming a National Artist
As with all things that are Pin@y, becoming a national artist takes a tremendous amount of work. I found the following site which discusses the process for becoming a national artist like Rio Alma.
Leave it to my countrypeople to make sure that all the I's are dotted and all the T's are crossed. Legitimacy is gained through the process of questioning the presenters. The whole thing sounds like a thesis defense from the old days of academia. Questions will come for three hours. Then, the whole career will hang on the opinions of three or four wizened professors.
Now, I just have to find myself copies of the poetry books.