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2007 mayoral awards conferred to outstanding Naga residents

By Lizel S. Macatangay

Legazpi City (19 September) -- Besting 32 other contenders coming from various sectors, sixteen nominees were named as recipients of this year's 2007 Naga City Mayoral Awards.

Mr. Liberato A. Aureus was conferred with the prestigious Distinguished Mayoral Award for uniquely preserving the Bicol language through his writings now compiled in a book entitled "An Sabi ni Levy".

Five Special Mayoral Awards were also conferred to three individuals and to the two institutions who have significantly contributed to the growth and development of Naga City.

The recipients of the said award were Mr. Ricardo Regmalos, former barangay captain of Concepcion Pequeña. Regmalos was given recognition for his dedicated public service as barangay official for nearly four decades.

Also conferred with the same award were Msgr. Luis R. Ayo 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 rights of parents to choose the school for their children; and Ms. Jean N. Llorin, for her unselfish dedication to the crusade for women empowerment, social concern and volunteerism."

Two institutions were also bestowed with the same awards: the VCA Cecilio Printing Press for their fervent desire to keep the Bicol culture alive thru the publication of Bicol compositions, religious articles and novenas; and to the San Isidro Development Cooperative for being able to successfully sustain its operation as a cooperative for the past 26 years.

The awardees were chosen for their commendable accomplishment in the promotion of cooperativism, print media, for enriching the literature, for unselfishly involving themselves in civic works and for rendering community service during the past years.

Ten Mayoral Recognition Awards were also given to seven individuals and three institutions for bringing honor and pride to Naga City. The recipients were Mr. Nelson Henry R. Mejia, the only Bicolano gold medalist during the 2007 Palarong Pambansa; Ms. Julie Lucile H. del Valle and Mr. Ben B. Secretario for being included in the list of the Top Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) for 2007; and Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Nelso Tria "for dedicating part of his priestly life to the service of the city and its people."

Fr. Tria is currently the chairman of the Naga City People's Council (NCPC). He is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)-Camarines Sur chapter.

Other awardees were: Dr. Carlo Magno B. Manuel for choosing to practice his profession in Bicol and for dedicating his profession for Bicolano patients while all of his batchmates at the UP Medicine class have all settled to foreign lands; Atty. Ricardo A. Diaz for bravely launching an all-out war against drugs and menace of the society during his short stint as Regional Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bicol; and to Atty. Soliman Santos, a peace advocate who have silently promoted peace thru his pen.

Three other institutions were also named: the Naga White Volunteer Fire Rescue for their immediate and effective response to every call for assistance in times of emergencies; the Arejola Foundation for Social Responsibility "for promoting Bikol literary arts and culture through the Annual Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon and the Juliana Fajardo Workshops, and the Universidad de Sta. Isabel "for spearheading two nationally renowned initiatives — community service and student affairs and services program."

The awarding ceremony is set on September 19, 2007 at Starmark Royale, along Magsaysay Avenue in Naga City. (PIA) [top]

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