THOMASIAN and former UST Graduate School professor Rustica Carpio received the Dangal ng Haraya award from the National Commision for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) during the Third Gawad Alab ng Haraya and Dangal ng Haraya awards ceremony at the NCCA building in Intramuros, Manila last Feb. 23.

Carpio was given the Dangal ng Haraya award for her achievements as a writer and critic as seen in her published works Hermogenes Ilagan: Father of Tagalog Zarzuela (2000), Life is a Stage (2001), Literature is Life (2003), Tilamsik ng Panitik (2003), and The Shanghai of My Past (2005).

“I am happy with the award given to me and UST has greatly contributed and influenced what I am now,” Carpio, who obtained her doctorate degree in Literature in UST in 1980 with a grade of meritissimus, told the Varsitarian.

Before Carpio became dean of the Graduate School at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in 1993, she was dean of student affairs at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (1978) and dean of the College of Languages and Mass Communications in PUP (1989).

NCCA executive director Cecile Guidote Alvarez said that the Dangal ng Haraya and Alab ng Haraya awards are recognitions given by the NCCA for contributions to the development of culture and arts in the country by individuals and groups.

Other recipients of the Dangal ng Haraya were playwright Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, journalist Pura Santillan-Castrence, artist Corazon Iñigo, visual artist and fictionist Gilda Cordero-Fernando, essayist Samuel Tan, and the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit.

On the other hand, the Arti Sta. Rita Foundation, Inc.–Duman Festival, musicians Gilopez and Corazon Kabayao, the Casa San Miguel Foundation, Bulacan Gov. Josefina De La Cruz, poet Frank Rivera, and the Municipality of Sigma, Capiz Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and Arts, Inc. and the Dagway Sigmahanon, Inc. received the Alab ng Haraya award. A. T. E.

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