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PIA Press Release
2010/02/18

Search on for 10 Outstanding Aklanons of 2010

Kalibo, Aklan (18 February) -- The search is on for Aklan's Outstanding Aklanons of 2010, as this "golden" province celebrates its 54th founding anniversary.

The awarding of Outstanding Aklanons is one of the permanent highlights of Aklan's celebration of its provincehood, to give recognition and honor to Aklan's sons and daughters who had done the Aklanons proud; who have served well, benefiting a great number of people through the years.

According to Dr. Reinalda Magdaluyo, Chairperson of the Committee on Outstanding Aklanons, anybody can nominate for Outstanding Aklanons.

To qualify, nominees must have been born with either Aklanon parents or have lived and served Aklan for not less than 25 years, and the impact of his or her achievements must have benefited a great number of people for a long period of time.

The nominee must also have a consistent demonstration of exemplary conduct, morality and ethical behavior, and must recognize and acknowledge himself or herself as an Aklanon.

The nominee must submit his/her biodata, picture and other supporting documents. The deadline for submission of nomination forms is on or before March 15, 2010.

Once selected, the awardee must continuously uphold the criteria for consistent demonstration of exemplary conduct, to avoid recall of the award.

The province of Aklan became a separate province from Capiz on April 25, 1956, when then President Ramon Magsaysay signed RA1414. The separation from Capiz of Aklan as a province was realized through a bill filed by then Congressman Godofredo P. Ramos, which earned for him the title "Father of Aklan."

When the province turned 50 in 2006, President Arroyo, who was the guest speaker in the commemorative program, called Aklan "the golden province" for helping propel the country's economic growth through its thriving tourism industry brought by the world-famous Boracay Island as well as by other attractions and local industries. (PIA) [top]

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