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HAU to honor Rosa Rosal

Florence Lansang Danon, better known as Rosa Rosal, will be honored by the academic community of Holy Angel University for her efforts to promote blood donation among her countrymen.

Rosa Rosal, who hails from Sta. Rita, Pampanga, will receive the University’s Laus Deo Semper Award, which is given to Filipinos known for their outstanding community service. Last year’s awardee is Gawad Kalinga founder Antonio Meloto, Jr.

Ms. Rosal, who has received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service (1999) and an honorary doctorate from far Eastern University (2005), used her popularity as film actress to rally massive numbers of people into donating blood to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), where she has worked as a volunteer for 63 years.

She persuaded soldiers and prisoners, teachers and students, celebrities and ordinary citizens to donate blood, and the rich to donate funds so she could upgrade and expand the facilities of the PNRC’s Blood Program.

She also established a Women’s Crisis Center within the PNRC which provided assistance to unwed mothers and unwanted children.

Ms. Rosal pioneered in public service programs on TV such as Damayan and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko, which solicited financial and medical aid for poor patients.

Her volunteer efforts have also spread beyond Red Cross to include extending emergency aid to victims of natural and manmade disasters, and all forms of assistance to overseas contract workers, AIDS patients, victims of spouse abuse, rape, incest and domestic violence, etc.

Rosa Rosal, whose film career started in 1947, was named FAMAS best actress in 1955 and starred in film classics Anak Dalita, Badjao, Biyaya ng Lupa, and Sakada. It is said that she served as model for the FAMAS statuette.

President Joseph Estrada bestowed on her the title Rose of Humanity and President Gloria Arroyo conferred on her the Order of the Golden Heart with the rank of Grand Cross, which is the second highest presidential award, next only to Sikatuna which is given to diplomats.

The Laus Deo Semper Award will be awarded to Rosa Rosal during the Founders Day program at the University Theatre.

Date Posted: 02-03-2013