Award-winning cultural essayist, critic and book author Rosalinda L. Orosa begins her column Encore for The Sunday Times Magazine’s “Arts Awake” section today.
A highly respected figure in the arts and culture scene, Orosa will write weekly reviews mostly on the performing arts.
An alumna of the University of the Philippines, she also went to the Universidad de Mexico for graduate studies in Spanish grammar and literature.
In 2001, she was awarded the Order of Merit with Rank of Officer by the French government, which marked her second French award. Germany also awarded her the Commander’s Cross of Merit, the highest civilian distinction given to a non-German.
She further received the Isabela la Catolica award from Spain and a Canadian citation.
Orosa is reputed to be the only Asian awardee in Mexico’s first Francisco Zarco Journalism Contest where more than 400 delegates from five continents participated.
The International Biographical Center in Cambridge nominated her as International Woman of the Year 2000. She was also named among the 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century.
In July 2005, Orosa received the Lifetime Achievement Award from former President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo together with 30 outstanding women in culture and the arts.
She was the first Quijano de Manila (Nick Joaquin’s pen name) journalism competition awardee, and thereafter became a member of the board tasked to select the best journalistic piece in the Premios Internacionales de Periodismo Rey de Espana.
She was given the Premio Zobel for promoting Fil-Hispanic culture and the UN Decade of Culture awards.
Most of her critiques and essays have been translated into Chinese, Spanish and German, and published in scholarly journals in India, Mexico, Germany, Thailand, Japan and Korea.
Her reviews have been quoted in the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ programs together with Clive Barnes of the New York Times, John Percival of the London Times and Sylvaine Gold of the New York Post.