By Rosewell Kyla Palo
His writing style, experience in the media industry and courage as a journalist made Jose Flores Lacaba, popularly known as Pete Lacaba, win this year’s Gawad Plaridel.
In a statement, the UP College of Mass Communication lauded the seasoned poet, columnist, screenwriter and translator for using his skills “in the service of the Filipino struggle for social transformation, independence and progress during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.”
Some of his best works were inspired by this period, such as “Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage,” a collection of on-the-spot reports of the protest movement during Martial law. The screenplays of “Sister Stella L.,” “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim,” and “Orapronobis” are others.
Lacaba will be honored with the Gawad Plaridel trophy designed by National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva in an awarding ceremony at the UP Film Institute Cine Adarna on July 24 at 2 p.m. He will deliver a lecture on “Harnessing Journalism for Nation-building.”
The annual Gawad Plaridel Award, inspired after the journalist, reformist and propagandist Marcelo H. del Pilar, is presented to remarkable Filipino practitioners in print, film, radio, television and new media.
Past awardees include Eugenia Apostol in 2004 for print journalism, Vilma Santos in 2005 for film, Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo in 2006 for radio, Cecilia “Cheche” Lazaro in 2007 for television, Pachico Seares in 2008 for community press, Kidlat Tahimik in 2009 for independent filmmaking, Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas in 2011 for radio and Florence “Rosa Rosal” Gayda for television in 2012.
Next year’s Gawad awardee will either come from the field of film or multimedia, as proposed by UP President Alfredo Pascual.