GS alumnus thesis wins Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda 2022

Thursday January 20,2022


An alumnus of Bicol University Graduate School (BUGS) won the best thesis in the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino's (KWF) 2022 Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda on January 18, 2022.

Roque Augustus L. Lamadrid’s Master of Arts in Filipino Education thesis entitled “Preserbasyon ng Wikang Manide ng mga Katutubong Minorya ng Camarines Norte” was awarded the best thesis in the said award-giving body making him the first-ever BUeño to win the prestigious award.

The Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda is an annual award given to the best thesis and dissertation written in the Filipino language to encourage and promote the development and publication of unique works that contribute to its intellectualization and modernization.

Lamadrid's thesis focuses on Manide, a tribe of Negritos living in the province of Camarines Norte that has its unique spoken language and culture.

According to the statement posted by KWF in their official Facebook account, the thesis possesses critical quality as a step towards the advancement and preservation of the Manide language and culture.

The winners of Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda will receive a plaque, medals, and Php 100,000 each. The awarding day will be on January 26 at the Bulwagang Romualdez of KWF. (Jerven N. Antivola, The Bicol Universitarian)