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UP Gawad Plaridel for Lacaba

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication has named Jose Lacaba as its Gawad Plaridel recipient. Pete as he is known to many has put his writing and communication skills, despite perils to his life, to champion the struggle for social transformation, independence, and progress during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s through the Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage collection and other articles and screenplays. His Sister Stella L, Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim, and Orapronobis were based on actual events and issues. Lacaba has shown dedication to writing through a variety of forms in which he excelled - poetry, essay, fiction, feature articles, interviews, translations, adaptations, and screenplays in both English and Filipino.  He also raised the bar of excellence for literary journalism to a level unprecedented in the history of Philippine contemporary journalism. Gawad Plaridel comes with a trophy designed by National Artist, Napoleon V. Abueva, which will be awarded to Lacaba UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma on July 24, 2013 at the UP Film Institute Film Center’s Cine Adarna. He will also deliver a lecture during the ceremonies. Honorees include Eugenia Duran-Apostol (2004, print), Vilma Santos (2005, film),  Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo (2006, radio), Cecilia L. Lazaro (2007, television),  Pachico A. Seares (2008, community print), Kidlat Tahimik (2009, independent filmmaking), Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas (2011, radio), and Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda (2012, television). The award is named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (nom de plume, Plaridel), the selfless propagandist whose stewardship of the reformist newspaper La Solidaridad helped crystallize nationalist sentiments and ignite libertarian ideas in the 1890s.  Like Plaridel, the recipient of the award must believe in the vision of a Philippine society that is egalitarian, participative and progressive, and in media that is socially responsible, critical and vigilant, liberative and transformative, and free and independent.
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