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16 Ilocos Surians receive Fr. Jose Burgos Award

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Vigan City (February 5) -- An outstanding lawmaker, a multi-awarded lawyer, a former cabinet secretary, a well-known fashion designer, a prelate emeritus and an international sports champion were among the 16 recipients of the prestigious Father Jose Burgos Award for this year's celebration of the 2nd Kannawidan Ylocos Festival.

The awarding rites for the honorees were held last Tuesday night at Capitol Hall which coincided with the recognition of the 28 living treasure awardees in the province. The ceremony was the main highlight of the 7th day of the 2009 Kannawidan Ylocos Festival.

Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano named the 16 Fr. Burgos awardees as follows: Baguio City Congressman Mauricio G. Domogan, a native from Quirino town (Public Service); Lawyer Nelly Favis – Villafuerte, a native from Vigan City (Public Service); Dr. William D. Dar from Sta. Maria town (Agriculture); Dita Sandico – Ong (Fashion Designing); Archbishop Emeritus Edmundo Abaya (Religious); International Bowling Champion Christian Jan "CJ" R. Suarez (Sports); Olympian Gerardo Rosario (Sports); International Chess Tournament Medalist Daniel Alibin Lemi (Sports); Composer Minervina Dario Singson (Music); Mr. Lorenzo Mata (Education); Dr. Antonio Lahoz (Medicine); Painter David Taisa Pichay (Arts); National Artists Fidel Antiporda Go (Arts); Mr. Bienvenido Rodriguez and Mrs. Milagros Rodriguez (Business); Mrs. Visitacion Javier (Business); and Alejandro V. Rosario (Business).

According to Governor Savellano, the conferment of the Father Jose Burgos Awards was created by virtue of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 06 series of 2008 approved on January 16, 2008. The award was named after Father Jose Burgos, one of the illustrious sons of Ilocos Sur, in honor to his heroics during the Spanish colonial period.

"The Father Jose Burgos Award is the highest recognition given by the provincial government to all Ilocos Sur residents who were national or international achievers or rendered outstanding service to the Filipinos. The award will confer every year during the celebration of the festival" he said.

The conferment of Father Burgos Award was started in 2008 during the launching the "Kannawidan Ylocos Festival" - the main highlight in the commemoration of the 190th year anniversary foundation of Ilocos Sur as a province. Each awardee will receive a trophy.

Meanwhile, some of the 28 living treasures to be recognized during the same occasion are the abel –weaving industry, basketry and soft – broom making, stone craft industry, jar making, blacksmith industry, basi and suka industry, bamboo craft industry, loom weaving, belgian lace making, pottery, tamborine and saddle making, bamboo hat making, Ilocano pastries, bibingka making, abaniko making and opia making. (PIA-Ilocos Sur) [top]

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