GMA News Pillar and multi-awarded broadcast journalist Mel Tiangco was conferred the “Las Damas de Rizal Excellence Award for Women in Media and Public Engagement” by the Las Damas de Rizal-Philippines last August 6.

Tiangco was recognized for her unparalleled achievement not just in the field of media and communication, but as well as for her contribution in uplifting the lives of the less privileged Filipinos all over the country.

The veteran broadcast journalist has been with GMA Network for the past twenty one years and is the founder and ambassador of GMA’s socio-civic arm GMA Kapuso Foundation. She is seen on television everyday via GMA’s flagship newscast 24 Oras where she is one of the anchors. During Saturdays, she hosts the award-winning drama anthology Magpakailanman.

“[Ako ay] Nag-uumapaw sa pagpapasalamat sa Las Damas de Rizal-Philippines sa honor na binigay nila sa akin na mapahanay sa napaka-gagaling na mga kababaihan dito sa ating bansa. Nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na ipakilala talaga sa kanila kung ano naman ang aking talagang pinaka-mamahal—walang iba kung hindi ang GMA Kapuso Foundation,” Tiangco shared in an interview with GMA News. “Ibinabahagi ko naman itong karangalan una muna sa GMA Network, at sa lahat din ng patuloy na nagtitiwala sa akin at sa lahat ng patuloy na tumutulong at sumusuporta sa GMA Kapuso Foundation,” she added.

The said recognition was awarded to Tiangco by the Las Damas de Rizal-Philippines during the association’s international conference and assembly at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila where the Kapuso News Pillar was invited as well to be the plenary speaker on Powerful Women in Media and Public Engagement. The theme of this assembly was “Women in Power: Authority and Influence”.

The Las Damas de Rizal Excellence Award is the highest award given by the Las Damas de Rizal to women who have shown exceptional achievements in their fields, becoming testaments to the significant role of women in nation-building. The Las Damas de Rizal is an organization of Filipinas from different countries who believe and follow the ideals and teachings of Dr. Jose Rizal.

This is the first time Las Damas de Rizal is giving out awards to select Filipinas who have shown notable work in their respective industries. Other award categories included: Women in Government and Public Administration, Women in Advocacies, Women in Global Arena, Women in Business and Economics, Women in Cultural Heritage Conservation, Women and Family, Women and Environment, and Women and Philippine Cinema.