17 September 2007

2007 mayoral awardees bared

ON WEDNESDAY (Sept 19), the city government will honor its outstanding citizens and organizations with the conferment of this year's Mayoral Awards at Starmark Royale along Juan Miranda Avenue.

As this news item revealed last week, "one distinguished mayoral award, three special mayoral awards, and seven mayoral recognitions will be given to outstanding Nagueños...in time for the celebration of Naga’s liberation from the Spanish rule which took place some 109 years ago."

The awardees:

Distinguished Mayor Award

1. MR. LIBERATO S. AUREUS – Literature

For uniquely preserving the Bicol language through his writings now in book form “An Sabi ni Levy”

Special Mayoral Award

1. MR. RICARDO A. REGMALOS – Public Service

For four decades of dedicated public service as a barangay official, making him a model for younger generations

2. REV. MSGR. LUIS R. AYO, H.P. – Education

For steadfastly fighting up to the Supreme Court for the establishment of the Capalonga Parochial School – a landmark decision that mapped out the future of Catholic education in the country and affirmed the right of parents to choose the school for their children

3. MS. JEAN N. LLORIN – NGO/Peace Advocacy

For her unselfish dedication to the crusade for women empowerment, social concern and volunteerism

4. VCA CECILIO PRINTING PRESS – Print Media/Culture

For preserving Bikol literature, culture and language through the publication of Bicol compositions, religious articles and novenas, as well as original translation of novels and stories.

5. SAN ISIDRO DEVELOPMENT COOPERATIVE – Cooperativism

For being one of the few successful cooperatives in the city. Twenty-six years since its founding, it has expanded its services and benefits to members in Naga as well as neighboring towns.

Mayoral Recognition Award

1. MR. NELSON HENRY R. MEJIA – Sports

For being the only Bicolano gold medalist during the 2007 Palarong Pambansa, duplicating his feat in the 2006 edition of the country’s premier national games

2. MS. JULIE LUCILLE H. DEL VALLE – Academics

For being one of the Top Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines for 2007

3. MR. BEN B. SECRETARIO – Academics

For being one of the Top Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines for 2007

4. REV. FR. JEFFREY NELSON B. TRIA – Community Service

For dedicating part of his priestly life to the service of the city and its people as chair of the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC)

5. DR. CARLOMAGNO B. MANUEL – Medicine/Community Service

For being the only one in his class at UP Medicine to remain in the Philippines, pioneering the establishment of first private medical hospitals in Virac, Catanduanes and Sipocot, Camarines Sur

6. ATTY. RICARDO A. DIAZ – Public Service

For launching an honest-to-goodness war against criminality and illegal drugs during his short stint as NBI regional director, thereby pushing its ranking from 8th to 3rd among regional NBI units in the country

7. ATTY. SOLIMAN SANTOS – Peace Advocacy

For strongly advocating peace and human rights through his works, writings, scholarships actions and affiliations

8. NAGA WHITE VOLUNTEER FIRE RESCUE – Civic work

For effectively responding to call for emergencies since its establishment in 2002

9. AREJOLA FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – Literature

For promoting Bikol literary arts and culture through the annual Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon and the Juliana Fajardo Workshops

10. UNIVERSIDAD DE STA. ISABEL – Community Service

For spearheading two nationally renowned initiatives -- community extension service and student affairs and services program -- that brought honor both to the university and the city.