PALLAS, the annual arts and literary folio of The Palladium, emerged as a finalist at the recently concluded 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) held Wednesday night, October 29, 2014, at the GSIS Theater in Pasay City. Pallas was nominated for the category Best Literary Folio, along with seven other entries. Phoenix, the literary folio of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas ended up taking home the trophy.
The awards night was led by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D., the current Honorary Chairman of CMMA, together with Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President. Members of the Catholic Church hierarchy, students, writers, and key television and radio personalities graced the event.
The CMMA was established in 1978 by the Archdiocese of Manila, through His Eminence Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, to reward and pay tribute to media products that enhance the total human development of the Filipino audience through the competent and professional use of mass media techniques. It gives recognition in various categories: Print, Television, Radio, Film, and Advertising.
This year marks the first time that The Palladium fielded an entry in the annual award-giving body. Nominated was last year’s edition of Pallas, which had the theme of “Manila.” Pallas is a collection of prose, poetry, photos, and artworks contributed by the students, faculty, and alumni of the Ateneo Law School.
Pallas 2013, which was already the fourth installment of the folio, had a total of 35 contributors, with 32 students and three contributors from the Ateneo Law faculty, including Court of Appeals Justice Magdangal de Leon, eminent civilist Ruben Balane, and high-profile lawyer Howard Calleja. Most of the works represent “Manila culture”—the pop culture, way of life, and the familiar scenarios in the cities of Metro Manila. The theme recognized the boons and banes of living in the country’s capital, which its inhabitant have learned to embrace and accept as part of its unique charm.
It was launched last December 17, 2014, in the form of an art benefit show. At that time, it was almost a month since Supertyphoon Yolanda ravaged Central Philippines. Many members of the Ateneo Law community—including students, faculty, staff, and security & maintenance personnel—were affected by the catastrophe. Struck by this reality, the publication decided to make the Pallas launch as an avenue for extending a hand to our countrymen who were victims of the disaster.
The art benefit launch event was highlighted by a 30-minute performance of some students, wherein they sang and danced to the tune of beloved OPM classics. The performances showcased the rich talents of Filipinos, further bolstering the patriotic “Manila” theme of the folio.
Meanwhile, the 2014 edition of Pallas is still accepting entries. Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 2, 2014. This year’s edition will be the folio’s fifth volume. It will be launched in December 12, 2014, Friday, to coincide with the kickoff of The Palladium’s 50th founding anniversary. P
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