Rolando "Rollie" de Leon (fourth from left), a production designer for GMA Network, continues to reap accolades worldwide after being one of the awardees of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design.
De Leon received the Rainbow Cormorant Award for his winning pavilion that represented the iconic bahay kubo made of bamboos where the three major Philippine regions--Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao--are represented in three major cultural iconographies of the Christian, Muslim, and Lumad cultures.
According to GMA-7's corporate communications department, De Leon's Asian-inspired entry also highlighted costumes, photographs, and the retrospective publication on Manila Broadcasting Company's Aliwan Fiesta, materials from GMA-7's Kapuso Fiesta, maquettes of various local productions for which he did the set design, Angono's Higantes, Abel Iloko fabric, Darangen dolls from Mindanao, and Bohol's Teatro Abatan.
De Leon is considered to be one of the country's renowned scenographers who has been a staunch advocate of design disciplines for theater. He is a loyal Kapuso who handled the set designs of majority of the network's TV specials and regional events including Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2001, 2002 & 2003; Miss Asia Pacific Quest Inc. 2001, 2002 & 2003; Binibining Pilipinas; GMA Anniversary Specials; Kapusolympics; Let's Celebrate: The Dindong & Marian Birthday Special, just to name a few.
He accepted the award at the Czech National Gallery in Veletrzni Palace last June 24.
Founded in 1967, the Prague Quadrennial has presented work from more than 70 countries on 5 continents. The exhibition draws thousands of performance and theatre professionals, students, and spectators from all over the world to enjoy installations, photos, videos, and live performances of work ranging between theatre and visual arts, as well as more than 500 events, workshops, performances, presentations, lectures, and discussions.
Over 65 national pavilions and 76 student booths took part in this year's Prague Quadrennial (PQ), considered as the Olympiad of Theater Design. The Philippine Pavilion joined Turkey and the Czech Republic as the "Children's Choice Awardees" under the PQ's Children's Program.