Datu Bago Awardees 2017 named

THE Datu Bago Awardees Organization, Inc. through its Chairman, Dr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr., with the concurrence of Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, announced the following Datu Bago awardees for 2017:

Rey Mudjahid “Kublai” Ponce Millan. Kublai is a prolific artist who infuses his works of art with humanity and indigenous culture. His creations are deeply rooted in the social context of Mindanao’s grassroots communities.

He is Davao’s favorite culture and arts ambassador as his many art works can be seen all over Davao City and Mindanao. His unique sculptures and art installations have become cultural landmarks and enjoyed by Davao residents and visitors alike.

A staunch advocates of art and social justice, Kublai works with disadvantaged children – children in conflict with the law, orphans, abused children, and indigenous children – through free art workshops and fundraising exhibits for children’s artworks.

Kublai has showcased Davao City’s art and culture in the national and global stage through his creations. He is the first Davaoeño and Filipino artist to create and display a life-size Nativiity sculpture at the St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Italy for the entire Christmas season of 2010.

He is being recognized for his contribution to the development of Davao’s culture and arts.

Amalia “Amy” Bandiola Cabusao. Amy is a veteran journalist and staunch promoter of campus and community journalism. She is the editor-in-chief of Mindanao Times, the oldest newspaper in Mindanao. She is also a radio program host and documentary filmmaker.

Not content with just writing and publishing community stories, she dedicates her life to building the capacities of young people, especially women and girls and indigenous youth, in communicating and story-telling.

She organizes regular summer workshops in journalism for local and international writers and promotes peace and conflict sensitivity in reporting Mindanao.

Recently, she launched the GE Torres Institute of Journalism based in Davao City, aimed at developing media research, providing venues for continuing education among journalists and mass communication students and offering internships for them in the region.

Amy is the first from Mindanao who was awarded the prestigious Ninoy and Cory Aquino Fellowship for Professional Development for her dedication to upholding press freedom and journalistic ethics, and for providing valuable training opportunities to promising Filipino journalists. She is a fellow of the International Center of Journalists in Washington, DC and is part of the World Editors Forum.

The Datu Bago awardees are recognized for their outstanding, exemplary and selfless contribution to the growth and development of Davao City through its greatest resources, its people, and for their invaluable contribution to the preservation of the Dabawenyo culture heritage.

The Datu Bago Award is the highest award that the Davao City government bestows on its constituents.

The 47th Conferment of Datu Bago Awards 2017 will be one of the major events during the celebration of the 80th Araw ng Davao. It is set on the 15th of March 2017 (Wednesday) at The Royal Ballroom of Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City.

The Awards Night will be highlighted by the presence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Rodrigo Roa-Duterte as the keynote speaker. (Patmei Bello-Ruivivar/Tisay R. Torres)

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