PRESS RELEASE (29 May 2015): RICKY LEE IS THE U.P. GAWAD PLARIDEL RECIPIENT FOR 2015

29 May 2015

PRESS RELEASE

 

RICKY LEE IS THE U.P. GAWAD PLARIDEL RECIPIENT FOR 2015

                The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 U.P. Gawad Plaridel in the person of MR. RICARDO “RICKY” LEE.   

                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 UP Gawad Plaridel comes with a trophy specially designed by National Artist, Napoleon V. Abueva, which will be awarded to Mr. Ricky Lee by University of the Philippines President Alfredo E. Pascual and U.P. Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan in ceremonies on August 26, 2015, 2:00 pm at the U.P. Film Institute Film Center’s Cine Adarna. Mr. Lee will also deliver a lecture during the ceremonies. This awarding of the 11th UP Gawad Plaridel is in line with the College’s celebration of its 50th year.

                Established by the U.P. College of Mass Communication, the annual U.P. Gawad Plaridel recognizes Filipino media practitioners 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.  #

(photo courtesy of Ricky Lee/Jerry Siapoc)