Independent filmmaker Eric de Guia, better known as Kidlat Tahimik, will be conferred on July 10 with the UP Gawad Plaridel, the highest honor awarded by the university to a media practitioner.

Aside from Tahimik’s non-commercial contributions to the local cinema, the multi-awarded filmmaker was selected for introducing Philippine independent films to an international audience, according to a statement by the College of Mass Communication (CMC) Office of Extension and External Relations.

Best known for his 1977 film Mabangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare) which won the Berlin Film Festival international film critics prize, Tahimik inspired local filmmakers to listen to their “inner dwarf”, the statement added.

Named after La Solidaridad editor Marcelo del Pilar’s nom de plume, the CMC-established award annually honors Philippine media practitioners “whose professional integrity and commitment to public service are reflected in his or her exemplary achievements in print, film, radio, television or the new media.”

Tahimik is 6th to join the ranks of previous UP Gawad Plaridel recipients: Eugenia Duran-Apostol for print journalism in 2004, Vilma Santos for film in 2005, the late Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo for radio in 2006, Cecilia “Che-che” Lazaro for television in 2007, and Pachico A. Seares for community journalism in 2008.

Tahimik will receive the Gawad Plaridel, sculpted by National Artist Napoleon Abueva, on July 10, 2 pm at the UP Film Institute. He will then lecture on independent filmmaking.


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