The 2018 Excellence in Communication Award will be conferred by the Philippines Communication Society (PCS) to the beloved Media Educator, Film Studies Scholar, Communication Innovation Advocate, UP Professor Emeritus for Film, and Former Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University, Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso.
The awarding ceremony with Dr. Alfonso’s keynote speech is the highlight of the Media and Gender Conference with the theme “Constructing Gender in Multimedia Contexts” on April 30, 2018 (Monday) at the PUP Bulwagang Balagtas at the A. Mabini Main Campus in Manila. The award is the highest distinction of honor bestowed by the Philippines Communication Society, which in the past, have been conferred to: Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid and Ms. Gina Lopez.
“Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso embodies the rigour and commitment of a true communication scholar,” explains PCS President Dr. Lourdes M. Portus. “She is a vanguard in innovation in communication education, specifically open systems and distance learning.” The award recipient is also a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, director, multimedia artist, and film critic. She teaches film, media, and art in the ASEAN Region online, and as Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs. She is the Founding Chair of UP College of Mass Communication Film and Audiovisual Department, now the UP Film Institute.
The 35-inch tall Excellence in Communication Trophy was conceptualized, designed and executed by UP Fine Arts Professor and visual artist, Toym Imao, the son of National Artist and TOYM Awardee for Sculpture, Abdulmari A. Imao, Sr.
The PCS Gender and Media conference will also launch the 2017 PCS Review, the annual official publication of the organization, and the third issue of the PCS Post.
Established in 1987, the Philippines Communication Society is an organization of communication scholars, researchers, media executives, public information officers, corporate communication officers and communication professionals engaged in the promotion of communication as a social science discipline.