receives Gawad Guro
Professor of Philosophy and University Fellow Dr. Florentino
Timbreza received the Gawad Guro 2002 in a ceremony held at
the Pulungang Recto, Bulwagang Rizal, University of the Philippines
on February 1.
Guro 2002 seeks to recognize and honor teachers for their
great efforts in the propagation and intellectualization of
the national language.
Twelve outstanding teachers from all over the country received
the Kabayan Gawad Guro 2002 in two categories: teaching the
Filipino subject in the elementary and secondary levels, and
teaching the Filipino subject in the college and graduate
level. Timbreza is the sole winner in the category, teaching
a course in Filipino in the university level.
Holder of the Br. Lucian Athanasius Distinguished Chair of
Philosophy and Letters and acting chair of the Philosophy
Department, Timbreza is known in the University as the only
one who has been teaching the subject Pilosopiyang Filipino
since 1984. He is also the first to present and defend a dissertation
paper in Filipino for a doctorate degree in philosophy.
Timbreza’s pioneering works include writing the first book
on Pilosopiyang Filipino based on the indigenous experience
and practical skills of the Filipino people. He is the author
of the first and only translation of Tao Te Ching in Filipino,
and the first full-length text book on Bioethics written in
the Philippines. He also co-authored the first and only Encyclopedia
of Philosophy in the country.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lakangiting Garcia of the Departmento ng Literatura
at Wikang Filipino and Dr. Lakandupil Garcia of DLSU- Dasmariñas
were also recognized for their valuable contribution in teaching
the Filipino subject in the university level.
Launched this year, Gawad Guro 2002 is set to be an annual
event sponsored by the Filipino broadsheet Kabayan Publishing
Co., Inc., in coordination with the Department of Education,
Commission on Higher Education, Catholic Educational Association
of the Philippines, Philippine Association of State Colleges
and Universities, and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
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