VIM AS CARUSO

Victor Emmanuel Daelo Carmelo Nadera Jr. is a Professor 3 from the University of the Philippines Diliman on secondment.  As the Director IV of the Philippine High School for the Arts, his programs and projects include Perya ni Andres (2013); Makiling Inter-Cultural Arts Festival (2014); Araw ng PHSA (2014), Bayani ng Sining (2014) with The Outhstanding Students of the Philippines Inc.; the Rice Awareness Project (2014) with the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the electrification and rehabilitation of the National Arts Center in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, and the establishment of a PHSA Campus in Bay, Laguna.

PAMILYA NADERA         VIM AS MAGICIAN (ARAW NG PHSA)

A member of the Commission on Higher Education’s Technical Committee on Literature — Vim is a commissioner of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines’s Culture Committee and a board member of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education. Together with his wife Ellay, he founded the Foundation AWIT (Advancing Wellness, Instruction, and Talents) Inc. in 2008 after their four-year old son Awit, who had Global Developmental Delay, succumbed to pneumonia. After taking his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, he became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS (PWD), drug patients, “comfort women,” street kids, as well as victims of abuse, calamities, and grief.  During the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Society of Oncology, Inc. on 11 September 2014, he was honored with the Community Service Award for conducting poetry workshops in different cancer wards.

A South East Asian Write Awardee (2006), Vim was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003) and recipient of the Gawad Balagtas (1998) from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. In Manila, he twice received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan —  for Theater (2014) and for Literature  (2010). In his birthplace, he was selected as Natatanging Anak ng Quezon (2003) and  Natatanging Anak ng Tayabas (2006). At UST, he got the TOTAL or The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award (2007), 80th Anniversary Jubilee Achievement Award, UST College of Science (2007), Fr. Angelo de Blas Outstanding Achievement Award (2004), Cum laude, UST Graduate School (1996), Ten Outstanding Thomasian Writers (1995), Rector’s Faculty Development Grant (1994), and The Varsitarian Scholarship (1983-1986). UP granted him the UP Arts Productivity System (2009-2012 and 2013-2016) as Artist 1. Quezon National High School gave him the Dangal ng Quezon High during 110th Quezon National High School Founding Anniversary and Grand Alumni Homecoming (2012).

As a poet, he became the youngest Poet of the Year (1985) who also won awards for his novel, essay, play,and video. His books include 15 Lamang  (De La Salle University Press, 1994); ALIT: Dalit Galit Halit Malit Ngalit Palit Salit (Anvil Publishing House, 1994);   epic Mujer Indigena (UP Press, 2000); Asinta: Mga Tula at Tudla (UST Publishing House, 2002); Poetreat: The Use of Poetry as a Therapy in Mutual Support Groups of Cancer Survivors in Metro Manila (UST Publishing House, 2006); [H]ISTORYADOR[A] (UP Press, 2006); Kayumanggi (UST Publishing House, 2011); and Rizalpabeto (The Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development, 2012).

In 2008, composer Paul Val Peña turned some of those poems into songs in the compact disc Katoto. His dissertation was concluded with his poems about rice put together as songs by alternative music icon Joey Ayala and other alternative music artists who joined forces in the CD called Palay, Bigas, Kanin.

He, too, is a performer. As a performance artist, he represented the Philippines in art festivals in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was chosen as the Festival Director of the first Performatura: Performing Literatures on 6,7, and 8  November 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

On 30 December 2015, during the 119th Rizal Day celebration, he was recognized by his hometown in Tayabas City for being one of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas’ Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Francisco Balagtas (2015). Since 2015, he has been a part of the faculty pool of the Philippine Cultural Education Program. He has taught both in the Graduate Diploma in Teaching the Arts (GDTA) as well as Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education (GDCE) — both post-baccalaureate, non-degree programs authored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts — in Western Visayas State University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, and Bicol University.

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