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News from the academe: Literature and communication events

MULTI-AWARDED writer Edgardo B. Maranan has been selected as a recipient of this year’s University of the Philippines Alumni Award in Culture and the Arts (Literature).

Along with other honorees, he will be recognized at the UP General Alumni Homecoming on Aug. 19 at the Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman campus, for “leadership, achievements, and contributions in [their] field of endeavor,” according to UP Alumni Association President Ramon M. Maronilla, that have “benefited not only [the individual and their] profession, but also the University and the community [they] have chosen to serve.”

Maranan taught undergraduate courses in political theory and international relations science, and graduate courses in Philippine studies, in UP. From 1993 to 2006, he served as the information officer of the Philippine Embassy in London.

An essayist, fictionist, playwright, poet, translator, and writer of children’s stories, he has received 30 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in various categories, and his work has been recognized by many other award-giving bodies.


Professor Ma. Ailil B. Alvarez was recently named director of the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, succeeding Dr. John Jack G. Wigley. Alvarez served as deputy director of USTPH until her new appointment. Both she and Wigley teach literature at UST. 


The Communication Research department of the UP Diliman College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) is holding the 5th National Communication Research Conference on Nov. 22-25 in Baguio City, with the theme “FCX: The Filipino Communicative Experience.”

The event is being staged in cooperation with the UP Baguio College of Arts and Communication, the University of the Cordilleras, and the Philippines Communication Society. It is open to the public. This is the first time it is being held outside Metro Manila, opening it to wider inter-regional interaction and scholarly collaboration.

Last year’s conference attracted nearly 1,000 attendees who viewed 30 research presentations. This year’s event has three pre- and post-conference workshops that will provide students with valuable knowledge about research conceptualization, methodologies, and dissemination.

Students, faculty, and communication professionals will be presenting research papers on communication and media studies. Among the themes that will be covered are: Filipinos as creators and audiences of content in traditional and new media; communication in various Filipino groups such as family; indigenous peoples, and organizations; and communication in Philippine politics and governance, development, and identity (religion, gender, class, etc.).

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to Aug. 31. Abstracts must be between 350 to 500 words, in Filipino, other Filipino languages, or English. Include five keywords. Find out more on Facebook: @NCRCPhilippines.


UP-CMC recently announced that this year’s UP Gawad Plaridel will be awarded to 40-year veteran broadcaster Tina Monzon-Palma on Aug. 23 at the UP Film Center.

Monzon-Palma will also deliver a lecture at the ceremony.

The annual UP Gawad Plaridel, established by UP-CMC in 2004, is named after nationalist journalist Marcelo H. del Pilar’s pen name. The award recognizes outstanding media practitioners in print, radio, film, and television who have performed at the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service.

Previous awardees were: 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).

Dr. Ortuoste is a California-based writer. Follow her on Facebook: Jenny Ortuoste, Twitter: @jennyortuoste, Instagram: @jensdecember, @artuoste

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