PROUDLY FROM BUKIDNON: Bukidnons win Bayaning Pilipino awards

BUKIDNON’S OWN. Waway Saway (1st from right), international performer and artist from Sungco, Lantapan, Bukidnon and Ellen Delante, Department of Education Malaybalay special education coordinator (4th from right) pose with fellow Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino awardees during the Visayas and Mindanao awarding ceremonies on February 23 at the ABS-CBN Cebu station. The 10 winners have qualified for the national selection due to be presented in June 2012. Bukidnon News photo courtesy of Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino

MANILA  (Bukidnon News/25 February) International performer and  visual artist Waway Saway from Sungco, Lantapan, Bukidnon and special education teacher Ellen Delante are among the 10 winners from the Visayas and Mindanao area for this year’s Gawad Geny Lopez  – Bayaning Pilipino Award.
The Vismin regional winners received plaques and cash prizes on awarding ceremonies held at the ABS-CBN station in Cebu City Thursday night, Delante told Bukidnon News via telephone.
Saway won for the “Bayaning Pilipino individual category” while Delante made it to the “Bayaning Guro” category. There were five regional winners from each of the two categories. The winners will qualify for the national selection, which will be awarded in Manila in June 2012.

As a visual artist Saway popularized the use of soil as medium of his works along with other materials. As one of the mentors at the Talaandig School for Living Traditions, he led young people of his tribe reclaim their cultural traditions through music and art.

They produced not only paintings but also bracelets, pendants and other ornaments and later musical instruments.
As a musician he has produced several albums, among them Punla, his 6th CD, which is labeled as “”Sowing Hopes, Fantasies & Dreams.” Saway has also produced several documentary films about his community.
Saway is musical director of Enigmata in Camiguin, and the first Filipino artist to sign with the Putamayo record label, well-known for its focus on world music.  He has also performed before audiences in different countries, including Hongkong and South Korea, recently.

Delante is the Malaybalay City Department of Education division coordinator for special education. Since 1997, she has volunteered as a teacher for the deaf at the Welcome Home Foundation. She later joined the Malaybalay City Central School (MCCS) Faculty in charge for its SpEd program.

There are about 200 students of DepEd’s special education program, about 120 of them enrolled in MCCS. SpEd caters to children with disabilities, including the deaf, blind, those with intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities, and children with autism and cerebral palsy.
MCCS principal Ma. Antonieta Reburiano accompanied Delante to the awarding ceremonies.

Delante has helped some of the pupils who live in the boarding house with their needs to adjust to the rigors of schooling.

She learned sign language from a program started by now Bishop emeritus Honesto Pacana in the late 1990s.

She said being named in the award is a challenged and an inspiration at the same time.
The Bayaning Pilipino Awards is an annual search for modern-day heroes and shall continue to make a difference in spite of their limitations. Launched in 1995, it was envisioned by the late Don Eugenio Lopez, Jr. for which this award is now named, to give recognition to ordinary folks who had done heroic acts and extraordinary deeds.

ABS-CBN presents the award with Ugat Foundation, Inc.

As envisioned, the annual search for the Bayaning Pilipino Awardees will promote Filipino values by highlighting their accomplishments in the field of public service, according to its website. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)


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