U.P. Gawad Plaridel 2016 Awarding and Lecture | 24 August 2016, 2:00-4:00 pm, UPFI Film Center (Cine Adarna)


The U.P. Gawad Plaridel is the sole award in the University of the Philippines given to outstanding Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in media (print, film, radio, television, and new media) and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service. The recognition is given to one practitioner in one medium for each year.

This year’s U.P. Gawad Plaridel recipient is Ms. Francisca “Babes” Custodio of DYVL-Tacloban City, a veteran radio practitioner whose career spans five decades, a highlight of which was bravely being on duty on the day typhoon Yolanda hit. Custodio is cited for reviving the siday, a traditional form of poetry and an important expression of regional identity, and revitalized it into a new medium (radio).

The U.P. Gawad Plaridel comes with a trophy designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva, which will be presented by the U.P. President Alfredo Pascual and U.P. Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan in the awarding ceremonies. Custodio will also deliver the Plaridel Lecture which addresses important media issues.

The event is open to the public and will be live-streamed through UP DILC. Please visit the UP College of Mass Communication website (http://masscomm.upd.edu.ph) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UPCMC) for further announcements/updates.