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Aklan to honor 2010 outstanding Aklanons

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (21 April) -- Seven Aklanons who excelled in their chosen careers and fields of endeavor will be honored as Aklan celebrates its 54th anniversary as a separate province from Capiz on April 25.

This year's outstanding Aklanons were selected by the Committee on Outstanding Aklanons and will be feted through an Awarding Ceremony in the evening of April 25 at ABL Sports and Cultural Center here.

The awardees for this year are Mr. Rufino C. Leyson in the field of Banking and Finance; Geronimo D. Ortega, Public Service; Dr. Oseni Maribojo-Millamena, Science and Technology (Researh); Stella Mijares Tejada Dy, Business and Industry; Cecille Laserna Motus, Community Service; Germa "Jim" Cortes Palmani, Broadcast Journalism; and Rev. Fr. Regino O. Cortes, O.P., PH.L., S.T.L., S.S.L., Posthumous Awardee in the field of Religion.

Leyson graduated Cum Laude from NVC with a BS Commerce degree, becoming one of the four pioneer employees of BPI in 1972, and through the years, became an officer and a member of various socio-civic and religious organizations like the Akln Bankers Association, the Kiwanis Club and Diocesan Finance Council of Kalibo, making waves.

Geronimo, on the other hand, worked his way to college, getting employed while studying, and rising from the ranks - from clerk-typist of the Rehabilitation Finance Corporation now Development Bank of the Philippines, he rose as Clerk Stemnographer, Collection Clerk Senior Bookkeepper, Senior Credit Investigator, Teller QuedanBranch Accountant, Asst. Branch Manager and and Branch Manager. He also caused the positive turn-around of other businesses he handled.

Dr. Millamena is a recipient of numerous awards and honors to her researches and works, while Mrs. Dy is a silent and anonymous donor of various church and community projects not only in Metro Manila but in aklan province.

Cecile Motus is currently an Assistant Director at the Scretariat of Cultural Diversity of the U.S. Conference of the Catholic Bishops. She is part owner and used to manage the Associated Resources for Management and Development (ARMDEV) a consulting company which plans and implements community development, microfinance, environmental protection, and peace projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, as well as the Philippine government departments in various parts of the country.

Palmani is a pioneer radioman of Aklan and one of the founding fathers of the broadcast industry in Aklan. Father Cortes is a Filipino Biblical Expeprt at the forefront of the Catholic Church. He is an appointee of the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Commission, and has written a book entitled "The Story of La Naval" and various articles.

The awarding of Outstanding Aklanons is one of the major and permanent highlights of the Aklan Day celebration.

Aklan became a separate province from Capiz on april 25, 1956. (PIA) [top]

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