One hundred ninety-three individuals and groups received the Gawad Bagonhon award, in line with the 50 th Charter anniversary of Bago City, held at Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center Feb. 18.
The award is for service in government and those who excelled in public and private sectors. The awardees also received special commemorative gifts and plaques of recognition.
Asia's Best Female Chef for 2016 and ceremony guest speaker, Margarita Fores, was recognized for excelling in the field of culinary arts. Also awarded were former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), the late former Chief Justice Jose Yulo and others, for national government service.
Awarded for being the first city officials were former City Mayor Manuel Torres, former Vice Mayor Juan Araneta, and former councilors Arsenio Yulo, Romualdo Araneta, Gorgonio Ramos, Florencio Rosquillo, Alejandro Marquino, Ramon Gonzaga, Donato Pison, and Querubin Villanueva Sr.
The late Rafael Salas, the United Nations undersecretary general and head of the UN Population Fund, was also recognized for his international and nation service.
Manuel Y. Torres, Enrique Araneta, Roberto Matti, Rosemary Caunca, Janet and Ramon Torres were also awarded as city mayors, from 1966 up to the present. Vice mayors, councilors, Kabataang Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials, since 1966, were also recognized.
DAILY STAR photographer, Ronnie Baldonado, was awarded along with multi-awarded film director Erik Matti, renowned designer Jojo Vito and other individuals for their contributions in the fields of culture, arts, music and literature.
Twenty-two non-government organizations were also recognized for their contributions to the development of Bago City, along with 11 philanthropists.
Henni Jay Espinosa and Jun Estruche were recognized as outstanding overseas Filipino workers.
Also awarded were individuals and groups that excelled in the fields of servant leadership, medicine, agriculture, law, education, psychology, family, research, peace and advocacy, disaster management, environment, business, military, and sports.*KBC
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