QC to confer 2014 Tandang Sora award to veteran broadcast journalist Tina Monzon-Palma

January 6, 2014 11:11 am 

MANILA, Jan. 5 — Multi-awarded broadcast journalist Maria Cristina ‘Tina’ Monzon-Palma will be conferred the Tandang Sora Award by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte in ceremonies to be held on Monday during the celebration of Melchora Aquino’s 202nd birth anniversary.

The awarding will be held at the Tandang Sora National Shrine in Banlat Road, the heroine’s birthplace.

The awarding ceremony kicks of the city’s Jubilee Year celebration.

The award was conceived to honor great women who embody the virtues and ideals of the the Grand Woman of the Revolution and city’s revolutionary heroine, Melchora Aquino.

A bust especially designed by Fred Caedo, son of nationalist artist Florante Caedo who designed the iconic image of Tandang Sora at the Himlayang Pilipino, will be awarded to Palma.

Palma will be honored for her outstanding humanitarian work with Bantay Bata 163 and Sagip Kapamilya, both of which she helped establish under the auspices of the ABS-CBN Foundation.

As Program Director of the Foundation’s public service arm, she was able to raise tremendous support from the general public for relief and rehabilitation efforts for victims of natural and man-made disasters all over the country, most recently in Zamboanga, Bohol and Eastern Visayas.

Palma is only the second recipient of this prestigious award.

The first awardee was former Senator Helena Z. Benitez.

The Tandang Sora shrine is also where the remains of the heroine was transferred from its original resting place at the Himlayang Pilipino during the Bicentennial celebration in 2012.

Born in 1812, the grand old lady of Katipunan risked her life by opening her doors to the Katipuneros during the revolution and kept their spirits high by providing them with food, water and shelter and even assisting in healing the wounded.

Although Tandang Sora did not have the chance to have formal education, she possessed several traits that a good educator can impart to a student in a school.

She was a picture of selfless, courageous and generous Filipino woman despite of her old age and did not hesitate to help a lot in the struggle for independence.

As a result of her actions, she was jailed at the Bilibid prison and exiled to Guam despite her advanced age.

She returned home seven years later at the age of 91. (PNA)

LAM/LSJ

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