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THEATER artist Rody Vera receiving the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi from Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. José Ramon T. Villarin Jr. during the special academic convocation last Sept. 22. With him is his mother, Gloria Vera PHOTO FROM ATENEO UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE

Ateneo honors playwright Rody Vera with Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi

THEATER artist Rody Vera receiving the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi from Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. José Ramon T. Villarin Jr. during the special academic convocation last Sept. 22. With him is his mother, Gloria Vera PHOTO FROM ATENEO UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE
THEATER artist Rody Vera receiving the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi from Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. José Ramon T. Villarin Jr. during the special academic convocation last Sept. 22. With him is his mother, Gloria Vera
PHOTO FROM ATENEO UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE

 

 

Filipino playwright Rodolfo “Rody” Vera was awarded the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi at the 2015 Traditional University Awards of the Ateneo de Manila University on Sept. 22.

 

The Traditional University Awards honors individuals who best embody the values of the Ateneo.

 

Vera was honored for his works in theater and film that are topical, political and socially relevant, becoming an avenue for challenging and changing Filipino society. He has been at the forefront of “greatly enriching Filipino drama and literature with his original works, and appropriating for Filipino theater, landmark works of literature from Filipino and international writers,” according to the official citation.

 

A prolific writer, Vera has written more than 25 original plays, 10 of which have won Palanca Awards. He has adapted and translated more than 20 plays into Filipino, including those of Bertolt Brecht (“Mother Courage and Her Children”), Shakespeare (“Macbeth”), Jean Genet (“The Maids”), and Chekhov (“Three Sisters” and “The Cherry Orchard”).

 

He is currently the executive director of The Writer’s Bloc Inc. and a member of the advisory council of the Philippine High School for the Arts. He is also founding organizer and festival director for Virgin Labfest, an annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried, untested works for the theater, held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in partnership with Tanghalang Pilipino and the CCP.

 

Vera has mentored a great number of young people in writing and theater work. To date, he has conducted almost 50 workshops for community theater, playwriting, music performance and singing throughout the Philippines. He has also been invited abroad to teach playwriting and theater arts in Thailand, Japan, Australia, North America and Europe.

 

Other recipients of this year’s Traditional University Awards include Gabriel Singson (Doctor of Public Administration, honoris causa), Maria Lourdes Carandang (Doctor of Science, honoris causa) and Edmundo Garcia (Parangal Lingkod Sambayanan).