The Tatak UP sa Sugbo Awards

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The Tatak UP 2018 Awards high­lighted the 4th sea­son with theTatakUPsaSug­boAward­sonDe­cem­ber6,2018atthe Casino Es­pañol. Ten awardees re­ceived the Obla­tion stat­uettes from the UP Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion Cebu Chap­ter. With 25 years ex­pe­ri­ence in (GAD) work and cur­rently the chief of the Pol­icy Devel­op­ment Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion and Di­vi­sion of the Philip­pine Com­mis­sion on Women, Anita Estr­era-Baleda (So­cial Change, Ad­vo­cacy, Women Em­pow­er­ment) leads the for­mu­la­tion, ad­vo­cacy, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of GAD-re­lated poli­cies, plans, gen­der-re­lated laws such as the Magna Carta of Women and in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments such as CEDAW.

When ev­ery­one thought il­le­gal gam­bling can­not be wiped out, Atty. Carlo Pon­tico For­tuna (Law, Pub­lic Ser­vice, Gov­er­nance) showed it can be done by lead­ing the po­lice. When the city was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing la­bor con­flicts in some com­pa­nies, he worked hard to strengthen the Tri­par­tite In­dus­trial Peace Con­flict. When the gov­ern­ment was clue­less on what to do with drug ad­dicts who sur­ren­dered, he de­vel­oped a pro­gram that will give them and their fam­i­lies a sec­ond chance.

For over 12 years now, Cris Evert Lato-Ruf­folo (So­cial Change, Ad­vo­cacy, Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment) has spent most of her time or­ga­niz­ing ini­tia­tives ded­i­cated to spread the love of read­ing through sto­ry­telling in Cebu and its neigh­bor­ing towns and prov­inces lead­ing to her co-found­ing the Basadours, a group of vol­un­teer sto­ry­tellers ded­i­cated to reignite chil­dren from dif­fer­ent barangays in Cebu City as well as neigh­bor­ing cities and prov­inces their love of read­ing be­cause of the sto­ries read and shared by the Basadours.

As Vice Chair­per­son for the Visayas of the Na­tional Union of Peo­ple’s Lawyers (NUPL), Atty. Ian An­thony Sa­payan (So­cial Change, Ad­vo­cacy, Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment) has worked as pro bono le­gal coun­sel to stu­dent de­tainees and ac­tivists. He has cho­sen as a peo­ple’s lawyer to ab­di­cate the rel­a­tive com­fort of the side­lines and the ac­co­lades of main­stream le­gal prac­tice in or­der to stand up for his prin­ci­ples and his Tatak UP call­ing -- “to save what re­mains of the law for the ben­e­fit of our peo­ple’s hu­man rights.”

Dr. Jose Eleazar Ber­sales (Cul­ture and Her­itage – Con­ser­va­tion) pop­u­larly known as Jobers prac­ticed his pro­fes­sion in Cebu through the ex­ca­va­tion­sinBoljoon,Gi­nati­lan,SanRemi­gioan­dother­towns.Hedesigned­five­mu­se­um­sinCe­buan­doneinZam­boanga.In2012,hewas awarded the Garbo sa Sugbo Award for Cul­ture and Her­itage by then Gov. Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia for help­ing set up a prov­ince-wide par­tic­i­pa­tory cul­tural map­ping pro­gram as well as town and barangay/com­mu­nity mu­se­ums. He also hosted “Ka­bilin” the her­itage TV doc­u­men­tary which aired on Sugbo TV in 2010-2012 and won the Cebu Arch­dioce­san Mass Me­dia Award for Best TV Doc­u­men­tary in 2011.

Aside from be­ing an ed­u­ca­tor, Atty. Rose-Liza Eisma-Oso­rio (En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion) is one of the founders and manag­ing trustee of the Philip­pine Earth Jus­tice Cen­ter (PEJC) Inc., an or­ga­ni­za­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal. lawyers push­ing for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Philip­pines’ en­vi­ron­men­tal laws, ac­count­abil­ity of pub­lic of­fi­cials and ca­pac­ity build­ing for cit­i­zens for the ben­e­fit of en­joy­ment of the fun­da­men­tal right to a bal­anced and health­ful ecol­ogy by the cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The ex­per­tise of Haidee Em­mie Pala­par (Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cul­ture) lies in devel­op­ment and cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ac­tively en­gag­ing in ad­vo­cacy pro­mo­tion, and lit­er­a­ture. Specif­i­cally, she has uti­lized re­search, in­for­ma­tion ma­te­rial gen­er­a­tion and me­dia re­la­tion in var­i­ous devel­op­ment are­nas such as cul­ture and her­itage, ed­u­ca­tion, and en­vi­ron­ment.

Prof. Ray­mund Fer­nan­dez (Art, De­sign, and Cul­ture) has pro­vided cul­tural lead­er­ship and con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly in the arts and cul­ture of Cebu through his re­search project doc­u­ment­ing and cat­a­logu­ing the church-ceil­ing paint­ings on some churches in the is­lands of Cebu and Bo­hol. His zeal for writ­ing the art his­tory of Cebu is seen in his cof­fee ta­ble book, Kamin­gaw: An Im­pres­sion­ist Por­trait of the Bisaya Pain­ter Martino A. Abel­lana.

Ar­chi­tect Michael Tor­res (Art, De­sign, Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity) is the founder, pres­i­dent and CEO of Archiglobal Inc., an es­tab­lished Philip­pine-based ar­chi­tec­tural and de­sign prac­tice in Cebu that pro­vides ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­rior de­signs, land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture and master-plan­ning ser­vices, con­cep­tu­al­ized and de­signed over 1,000 hectares of land devel­op­ment of res­i­den­tial con­do­mini­ums, master-planned res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties and com­mer­cial busi­ness de­vel­op­ments. Archiglobal’s phe­nom­e­nal growth is led by Ar­chi­tect Tor­res whose lead­er­ship came at the right tim­ing with the con­struc­tion boom in Cebu, gain­ing a dom­i­nant po­si­tion in the field as Mike re­mains fo­cused, hum­ble and able to in­spire and bring out the tal­ents of his staff.

Ma. Teresa Can­ton (Ed­u­ca­tion) has ren­dered lead­er­ship in the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of se­condary school ad­min­is­tra­tion in Cebu af­ter she earned her M.Ed.in Ed­u­ca­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tion at UPCe­buin1979.Abreast­ofthere­cent­prac­tice­sand­poli­ciesinthe field of ed­u­ca­tion, she has ac­tively con­trib­uted to the work of ed­u­ca­tion-re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions in the re­gion and con­tin­ued to ad­vo­cate for ex­cel­lence in class­room teach­ing, par­tic­u­larly in the fields of Math­e­mat­ics and English, and has pro­vided train­ings that have up­lifted the sta­tus of school ad­min­is­tra­tors for 12 years.

To the Tatak UP 2018 awardees, may your tribe in­crease!

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