By Florence May Jose
For her extensive experience in the field of radio and her advocacy to help the poor, Eloisa Cruz Canlas or “Lola Sela” has been named Gawad Plaridel awardee this year.
“Kapag gumagawa ka pala ng mabuti nang walang hinihintay na kapalit, mayroon at mayroong makakakita ‘non (If you do good things without hoping for anything in return, someone will definitely appreciate that),” Canlas said.
The 65-year old radio drama veteran, radio script writer, director, producer and host is popularly known as “Lola Sela Bungangera.” She said she got her moniker from DZRH owner Frederico Elizalde.
Canlas currently voices her own program “Lola Sela Bungangera with the Senior Citizen and Livelihood Program” at her home network DZRH. She said she focuses on senior citizens because she wants to help the ones abandoned by their family.
“Kaya ko din ito nagawa because I love my parents (I also did this because I love my parents),” she added.
Two other radio programs featuring Canlas as Lola Sela are aired by the Radyo Natin Network and by DWJJ Cabanatuan City. Lola Sela also appears in “Pondahan”, a segment in UNTV’s early morning show, “Good Morning Kuya.”
Canlas is also the current executive producer of dzIQ Radyo Inquirer’s “Drama sa Nuebe Nubenta.”
Prof. Arminda Santiago, head of the Gawad Plaridel panel, said Canlas was chosen over three other nominees because of her numerous contributions in the radio industry. Santiago also noted her experience in radio journalism and her advocacy of helping senior citizens.
This year’s panel of judged includes Far East Broadcasting Corporation (FEBC-Philippines) president Dan Cura, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility Deputy Director Luis Teodoro, Broadcast Communication Chair Prof. Rosa Maria Feliciano and 2007 Gawad Plaridel awardee for TV CheChe Lazaro.
The Gawad Plaridel bestows honor to outstanding media practitioners in print, radio, television, film and new media. The Gawad Plaridel awardees receive a trophy sculpted by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva and a P100,000 cash prize.
Canlas will be awarded on July 20 Wednesday at the Cine Adarna of the UP Film Institute. She will also have a short lecture alongside the ceremony.