Ilocano journalist Glenda Gloria named UK Education Ambassador

Glenda 1Her working table at home before going to office, after office and during weekends. A typical Ilocano, she works everyday. Photo and caption by Melvyn Calderon

Admired for her integrity as a journalist, Glenda Gloria was named by the British Embassy one of the 8 United Kingdom Education Ambassadors to be formally awarded and presented on October 25 at the Great Ball, Manila Peninsula, in celebration of Philippine-British Friendship.

Glenda, was a British Chevening Scholar with a master’s degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Glenda 2GlendaWith daughter Leona (above) and mom Linda Gloria (in next photo). Photos courtesy of Melvyn Calderon

One of the two daughters of Ilocano educator Erlinda Gloria, Glenda spent her elementary years in Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag and her high school years in MMSU Laboratory High School, Laoag, before earning her degree in journalism from the University of Santo Tomas, all through the Marcos years.

According to her Rappler profile as managing editor, revolutions and transitions shaped her career and temperament as a journalist. She worked for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Times, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and for international news agencies. In the dying days of the Estrada administration, she co-founded Newsbreak, which started as a weekly news magazine and became one of the Philippines’ leading investigative reporting organizations.

From 2008 to January 2011, she managed ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, as its chief operating officer. Under her management, ANC grew its revenues 400% and acted as the harbinger of new initiatives for the ABS-CBN news group. She played a key role in harnessing social media for the network’s 2010 election coverage.

The books she’s written include Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao with Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, a groundbreaking book on the conflict in Mindanao that won the National Book Award. In 2011, she wrote The Enemy Within: An Inside Story on Military Corruption with Aries Rufo and Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza.

Read Rappler’s story here.

GlendaGlenda and London classmates meet ex-UK prime minister Tony Blair. Photo courtesy of Melvyn Calderon.

With very special thanks to Melvyn Calderon

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A secondary school for budding artists in Ilocos

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

APIT by Jenica Melchor

The Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS), the premier high school of the north,  offers specialized curricula with high academic standards; one of them is the Special Program In The Arts (SPA), now on its 10th year. Little is known about the excellent program — the building blocks of artistically-inclined youngsters in the fields of music, drama and theater, visual arts, media arts, creative writing and dance. An overall academic performance of an average not lower than 85% is a requirement — tough, I guess, it should be. There has to be that flaming passion for arts… and culture… to be able to keep up. I can imagine how torturous it could be for a child to be thrown into a school for the arts, and in the arts, if the arts were not his thing. It feels the same, I’m sure, when a creative child is not allowed to let his talents blossom 😦

As School Year 2010 ends in a week’s time, the IV–SPA Luna-Obusan Batch 2010 staged it’s final presentation and exhibit, which I got to attend,  at the INNHS Centennial Park last Thursday, March 18. Infused with much Ilocano-ness, the recital — dubbed Apit (harvest in English), and described as  ‘a celebration of man’s gratefulness in reaping the fruits of rich imagination and creatively projected spheres of artistry in the performing arts and non-performing arts’  — was still and all contemporary, fresh and entertaining… the young artists, very promising. I am totally impressed that preservation of the Ilocano  heritage and culture is one of the goals of the INNHS-SPA. Kudos to the faculty and students!! BTW, INNHS won top honors and the hundred thousand grand prize  in the Pamulinawen Festival 2010 Street Pageantry.


From the young artists…


Nurtured craft bestowed from Abraham’s bosom limbered up with sweat and elbow grease plugged grips for cogent blob of passion inspired with the stellar love for d’ arts ergo the spirits of immortal virtuosos upsurge! and we loom from sheer fountainhead as confessed incipient artists on leading edge in the mighty name of figurative, abstract and conceptual art ours is a magnum opus kindled by scads of people in the springtime of our fledging lives from the pith of our souls, we give thanks to thee — NCAA, mentors, parents, extraordinaire batch 2010 and a manifold of nameless mob thank to you; this credit be heard in the heavens…

skillfully trained and honed through the years

Tagnawa (Bayanihan) Dance Troupe


Aweng Iloco - Piano

The next Mozart?

Aweng Iloco - Violin

And Vanessa Mae?

Aweng Iloco - Solo Voice

shadow play by the Pitak ken Palete (Mud and Palette): Visual Arts

Guest of Honor and Speaker:
Mrs. Araceli Drake
Director, Museo Iloco
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