Time to return to the other side

July 5, 2006. I spent the entire morning with Con, posting publicity materials for UP MCO’s application period. Then I had lunch with her, plus Kim and Patty.

Bikoy and Kim Chesa and Con
I didn’t have class yesterday. Communication Research 101 was cancelled because of UP Gawad Plaridel. Gawad Plaridel is an award given annually by the College of Mass Communication to Filipino media practitioners who have “excelled and performed with the highest level of professional integrity.” That, along with other subjective factors, I suppose.

Last year, the award was given to Ms. Vilma Santos for her influential work in the film industry. This year, it was given to someone in the field of radio broadcasting, Fidela Magpayo, popularly known as Tiya Dely.

Tiya Dely, Fidela Magpayo, UP Gawad Plaridel 2006 Awardee

The ceremony was (relatively) short and simple–an opening and a closing speech, an audio-visual presentation, and of course a speech, which was more of a radio spiel, from Tiya Dely herself. I don’t remember actively listening to Tiya Dely’s program but her voice and her lines are very familiar to me, and much more to those who are older than me, I assume.

She’s been on air for more than sixty years! She’s a very funny old woman. She even joked during her interview (shown in the audio-visual presentation), “Ang pinakamadalas na reaksyon ng ibang tao pag nababanggit nga ako, hindi pa ba siya patay??” Then she just laughed it off and said, ewan ko ba. (Okay, I’m not sure if I remember them verbatim or if I’m making these up). Well, I hope she does live much longer.

Vilma Santos being interviewed by The BuzzAlso present during the ceremony was last year’s Gawad Plaridel awardee, Ms. Vilma Santos. It was actually kind of bizarre, but understood, that when the ceremony ended there were so much more people surrounding her for autographs and interviews, than this year’s Gawad Plaridel awardee herself. Anyway, while I paparazzied around, I overheard her interview with a reporter from The Buzz. Ms. Vilma Santos promised that she has no plans of running for any popularly-elected government position in the national or local elections next year and all she wants to do right now is to finish her term as mayor of Lipa City. There, let’s take her word for that.

Today in photos are here.

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