Commentary: PGMA honors distinguished Filipinos in US
By Jessie R. Valdez
San Fernando City, La Union (28 September) -- People who works hard and come out with excellent output are not only recognized and rewarded but also remembered.
Recently, in her official trip to Northeast United States, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo honored outstanding members of the Filipino American community who excelled in different areas of undertaking during her meeting with core leaders in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Given the presidential award of the Order of Lakandula Award, with a rank of Grand Officer was General Cecilia Rebong, Philippine Consul of the Philippine Consulate in New York. Rebong was the former Chief Presidential Protocol Officer in 2002-2004 before she assumed office there.
Another presidential awardee with a Presidential Medal of Merit Award was a famous Filipino playwright Alberto Florentino. His first work garnered the Palanca Award in l954, and he was also cited for helping six major Filipino writers join the ranks of National Artists for Literature.
For their "initiative and efforts in campaigning at the US National Council for the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for the Philippines to become an international testing site for Filipino aspirants to the nursing profession in the US", the members of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) task force for the National Council Licensure Examination (NLEX), received a certificate of recognition from President Arroyo.
On same occasion, Filipino veterans of the second World War living in the United States recognized President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and presented a letter of appreciation for her magnanimous efforts in making Filipino veterans be recognized for their meaningful contributions to the campaign for democracy during the WW II. Recently, PGMA met with US President George Bush urging him for the immediate signing into law the Veterans Equity Act and the Veterans' Benefit Enhancement Act which are now in US Congress.
The occasion was held at Waldorf Astoria Towers during President Arroyo's meeting with core leaders of the Filipino communities in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. (PIA La Union) [top]