THE University of the Philippines (UP) College of Mass Communication announced that Tina Monzon-Palma is the recipient of the UP Gawad Plaridel 2017.
Monzon-Palma is a veteran broadcaster who is cited for her pioneering efforts that opened doors or opportunities for women at a time when men dominated the media landscape.
She has kept her professional integrity in her more than 40 years in the media. She was a news anchor during the martial law years, and remained steadfast in her craft.
The UP Gawad Plaridel comes with a trophy, specially designed by national artist Napoleon Abueva.
The trophy will be presented to Monzon-Palma by the UP President Danilo Concepcion and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan in ceremonies at 2 p.m. of August 23 at the UP Film Center.
Monzon-Palma will also deliver a lecture during the ceremonies.
Established by the UP College of Mass Communication, the annual UP Gawad Plaridel recognizes Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in any of the media (print, radio, film, and television) and who have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service.
The UP Gawad Plaridel’s roster of honorees include: Eugenia Duran-Apostol (2004, print), Vilma Santos (2005, film), Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo (2006, radio), Cecilia “Cheche” L. Lazaro (2007, television), Pachico A. Seares (2008, community print), Kidlat Tahimik (2009, independent film), Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas (2011, radio), Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda (2012, television), Jose “Pete” Lacaba (2013, print), Nora “Nora Aunor” Villamayor (2014, transmedia), Ricardo “Ricky” Lee (2015, film), and Francisca “Babes” Custodio (2016, radio).
The award is named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (nom de plume, Plaridel), the selfless propagandist whose stewardship of the reformist newspaper La Solidaridad gave voice to nationalist sentiments and libertarian ideas in the 1890s.
Like Plaridel, the recipient of the award must believe in a 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. (PR)