By Florence May Jose
A lola is now part of the prestigious list of Gawad Plaridel awardees.
After being chosen by the panel of judges, Lola Sela – Eloisa Cruz Canlas in real life – was recognized Wednesday as one of the most outstanding figures in Philippine radio.
Professor Arminda Santiago, head of the Gawad Plaridel screening committee, said that the board chose her over three other nominees due to her all-encompassing experience in local radio, be it drama or news.
Lola Sela is a self-taught talent. She said that she used to practice alone in forests, vocalizing and holding her breath to improve her vocal skills.
Today, after reaping the benefits of the hard work she has invested, Lola Sela shares her skills with the community. She is currently one of the heads of Tanghalang Parisukat, a training center that educates people on the importance of theater, radio, television and print media in building a peaceful community. She also conducts training sessions that help participants improve their voice capabilities.
Aside from talent, Lola Sela said it is also important to be skillful if one wants to leave a mark in the industry. “Dapat maabilidad ka. Madiskarte (You have to be crafty and resourceful),” she said.
Her past experiences also let her apply the life lessons of efficiency and patience to her craft today.
Like a typical grandmother, Lola Sela is a loud and animated storyteller, with many tales and lessons to share with the young. But above all, like a typical grandmother, this lola does it out of love for the craft and for the next generation.