Ricky Lee to be Awarded the U.P. Gawad Plaridel 2015 for Film on August 26


RICARDO “RICKY” LEE will be awarded the U.P. Gawad Plaridel 2015 for Film during the formal ceremonies on 26 August 2015 (Wednesday), 2:00 p.m., at the U.P. Film Center (Cine Adarna) of the U.P. Film Institute. The UP Gawad Plaridel comes with a trophy specially designed by National Artist, Napoleon V. Abueva. As part of the program, the recipient will deliver the Plaridel Lecture on current issues on Philippine media. This awarding of the 11th UP Gawad Plaridel is in line with the College’s celebration of its 50th year.

Ricky Lee produced a body of work that is marked by excellence through considerable writing of memorable films such as Himala, Jaguar, Salome, Moral, Karnal – films that introduced new subjectivities that tackled taboos and modern moralities in Philippine cinema. He has also put forward a distinct voice of the scriptwriter in the collaborative process of filmmaking. He has also uplifted the role and the integrity of the scriptwriting profession that is rarely placed in the spotlight.

He has been instrumental in mentoring, sharing his craft, and honing the skills of the next generation of playwrights through his scriptwriting workshops and books. He has significantly contributed to Philippine literature and popular culture through his filmography and fiction.

The U.P. Gawad Plaridel is the University of the Philippines' highest award for an outstanding media practitioner. It recognizes Filipinos who have excelled in any of the media (print, radio, film, and television) and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service.

The U.P. Gawad Plaridel’s roster of honorees include Ms. Eugenia Duran-Apostol (2004, print), Ms. Vilma Santos (2005, film), Ms. Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo (2006, radio), Ms. Cecilia “Cheche” L. Lazaro (2007, television), Mr. Pachico A. Seares (2008, community print), Mr. Kidlat Tahimik (2009, independent film), Ms. Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas (2011, radio), Ms. Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda (2012, television), Mr. Jose “Pete” Lacaba (2013, print), and Ms. Nora “Nora Aunor” Villamayor (2014, Transmedia).

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.