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MCL CCIS professor wins Gintong Butil Award

Prof. Dennis A. Martillano of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s College of Computer and Information Science (MCL CCIS) receiving his Gintong Butil Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research from the Gintong Butil Awards Committee and municipal officials of Carmona, Cavite.

Last October 14, 2020, Prof. Dennis A. Martillano from Malayan Colleges Laguna’s College of Computer and Information Science (MCL CCIS) received the Gintong Butil Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research from the Municipality of Carmona, Cavite.

With its Virtual Ceremony having been conducted on October 15, the “Gintong Butil Awards 2020: Gawad Parangal para sa mga Natatanging Husay ng Carmona” is a program that aims to honor outstanding residents who have brought pride to their town after embodying excellence in the fields of academics, research, arts, sports, and more. Every year, the Awards Committee calls for nominations for three categories: Academic Excellence, National Licensure Exam Achievement, and the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award in particular is given to citizens who received national or international recognition for their excellence in their specific field. The committee deliberates on the selection based on the merits of documents, proofs, and descriptions of the achievements of nominees.

Having exhibited excellence in his field after his recent publication of studies connected to communities, specifically his study titled “The Perceived Aesthetic Experience in the context of Tactile Art among Visually Impaired Individuals in The Philippines,” Prof. Martillano was given the Outstanding Achievement Award for Research. His work was presented and published through an International Research Conference in Rangsit University in Thailand last April 2019, after having been selected and echoed for its basic but timely framework that identifies how the aesthetic experience can be perceived by visually impaired individuals through tactile arts, touch books, and audio-guided installation arts.

“This small study is just in its humble initial phase, which I started in UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters, and I am hoping to get funded for the next phase so we can help sighted artists conceptualize and create art forms that can be accessible for visually impaired individuals,” shared Prof. Martillano.

“For me, the award is not actually an earned achievement but a reminder for us educators and even students, especially those in technical fields, to think of how we can utilize technology in providing broader accessibility and inclusivity, be it about arts or education in general,” he said. “Honestly, I have done nothing yet in terms of research, and I wish to be constantly reminded about this all the time as an educator.”

Having lived in Carmona, Cavite for many years, Prof. Martillano received a plaque and special token for his award during the simple ceremony offered by the representatives of the Gintong Butil Awards Committee and other municipal officials when they visited him at home.

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