Tatak UP sa Sugbo rec­og­nizes 3 CDN colum­nists

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /CORRES PONDENT ROS­ALIE O. ABATAYO

THREE colum­nists of CE

BU DAILY NEWS were con­ferred the Tatak UP sa Sugbu Awards last De­cem­ber 6 for their con­tri­bu­tion to the Ce­buano com­mu­nity.

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo, a Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Cebu (UP Cebu), was rec­og­nized un­der the cat­e­gory So­cial Change, Ad­vo­cacy and Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment.

Lato-Ruffolo, a mother of three, writes the col­umn “NanaySays” in CDN. She was rec­og­nized for her ef­forts in com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and lit­er­acy. She co-founded the sto­ry­tellers’ group, Basadours, which ad­vo­cates lit­er­acy through sto­ry­telling.

In April 2018, she started the tod­dler sto­ry­telling sec­tion at the Cebu City Pub­lic Li­brary.

Pro­fes­sor Ray­mund Fer­nan­dez of the UP Cebu Col­lege of Arts and De­sign, whose col­umn ap­pears on

CDN every Thurs­day, was also con­ferred the award in the cat­e­gory Arts, De­sign and Cul­ture.

An­other CDN colum­nist who was given the recog­ni­tion was Jose Eleazar “Jobers” Ber­sales, un­der the cat­e­gory of Cul­ture and Her­itage with fo­cus on con­ser­va­tion. Ber­sales is an An­thro­pol­ogy grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of San Car­los and has a Mas­ters de­gree in Philip­pine Stud­ies from UP Dil­i­man.

Ber­sales is cur­rently the man­ager of the USC Press and has pub­lished re­search stud­ies on arche­ol­ogy, her­itage con­ser­va­tion, muse­ol­ogy, en­vi­ron­ment, in­dige­nous peo­ple and lo­cal his­tory, among oth­ers.

“It’s a good feel­ing that you feel that what you

are do­ing is right and you are on the right path. The award helps you and en­cour­ages you to do what you are do­ing es­pe­cially that I am get­ting old and health prob­lems come in. It’s a good boost and I am proud to have spent a part in my life in UP,” Ber­sales said.

Ber­sales was nom­i­nated by the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Cebu Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion since the first year of the award giv­ing in 2011, in 2014 and 2015. How­ever, Ber­sales did not at­tend the recog­ni­tion un­til his fourth nom­i­na­tion and award­ing last De­cem­ber 6.

Dr. Madrileña dela Cerna, co-chair of the screen­ing and se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, said that be­ing present in the award­ing cer­e­mony was also re­quired in the cri­te­ria.

“The award is not just given to those who grad­u­ated from the [UP] Cebu Cam­pus. You can fin­ish from any cam­pus as long asy­ouare­based­inCe­buor you have done some­thing that im­pacted and ben­e­fited the lives of the Ce­buanos,” Dela Cerna said.

“Since 2011, Jobers has been nom­i­nated but has not been given the award be­cause every time there will be an award­ing, he will be out there in an­other coun­try ex­ca­vat­ing some­thing,” Dela Cerna said.

The UP Cebu Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion is giv­ing the Tatak UP awards in all UP cam­puses in the coun­try.

The other awardees in­clude Man­daue Vice Mayor Atty. Carlo Pon­tico For­tuna un­der the cat­e­gory Law, Pub­lic Ser­vice and Gover­nance; Philip­pine Women’s Com­mis- sion (PWC) Pol­icy De­vel­op­ment, Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing, and Eval­u­a­tion Di­vi­sion Chief Anita Estr­eraBaleda, un­der So­cial Change, Ad­vo­cacy and Women Em­pow­er­ment; Ma. Teresa Can­ton, a pri­vate school ad­min­is­tra­tor who ad­vo­cates the up­skilling of the qual­ity of class­room teach­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing of school ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Also rec­og­nized was En­vi­ron­men­tal lawyer Rosa-Liza Eisma-Osorio who heads the Philip­pine Earth Jus­tice Cen­ter; Atty. Ian An­thony Sa­payan who is one of the lawyers of the Mabi­nay 6, Haidee Pala­par of the Ra­mon Aboitiz Foun­da­tion Inc., and Arch. Michael Tor­res for Art, De­sign, and Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Tatak UP awardees (left to right, back row) UP Chan­cel­lor Atty. Liza Corro; Arch. Michael Tor­res, Art, De­sign, Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity; Jose Eleazar Ber­sales, Cul­ture and Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion; Atty. Carlo Pon­tico For­tuna, Law, Pub­lic Ser­vice and

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