Angeles fetes 50 outstanding citizens

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here gave recognition to 50 outstanding Angelenos during its first Pamana Awards held Friday at the Grand Palazzo Royale.

The "Pamana: Pagmaragul At Matenakang Anak Ning Angeles" highlights and caps the month-long 50th Cityhood Foundation of Angeles City.

It was conceptualized to pay tribute to the sons and daughters of Angeles City who brought pride and honor to their fellow Angelenos and significantly contributed to the city's development and transformation into what is today.


The awardees were categorized based on their achievements and accomplishments in various fields of endeavour ranging from government service, business, arts and culture, journalism, education, sports, medicine, human rights, philanthropy, architecture, aviation, information technology, international economics and community service.

They were stringently chosen by a selection committee headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as chairman and Marc Nepomuceno as vice-chair.

Members were: Councilor Jericho Aguas, Renato "Abong" Tayag, Josie Henson, Dr. Marietta Gaddi, Dr. Archimedes David and Peter Alagos.

Leading the posthumous awardees were Congresswoman Juanita Nepomuceno and Mayor Rafael S. del Rosario, who were instrumental in the conversion Angeles into a city.

Also cited was international hip-hop musician and record producer Allan Pineda Lindo aka apl.d.ap of the famous Grammy Award winning group the Black Eyed Peas while international billiard champion Efren "Bata" Reyes led the awardees in the field of sports.

Pamintuan was assisted by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting in handing out the certificates, medallions and trophies to the awardees.

In his speech, Pamintuan said, Angeles City grew from the small clearing made by Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda and Dona Rosalia de Jesus out of a portion of San Fernando that was forested by a vine called kuliat.

"A vine can grow horizontally and vertically. Just as Angeles City did, even surfing over catastrophes such as the massive eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, the sudden closure of the US air base at Clark, and many other natural and man-made challenges," Pamintuan explained.

"I can only imagine the founding couple of Angeles -- Don Angel and Dona Rosalia -- brimming with pride as they watch us from the heavens," the mayor said.

Pamintuan said that throughout the city's history, there are certainly more than 50 outstanding Angelenos.

"We can never count the Angelenos, even if they are nameless and even if they are less privileged, who contributed in their own way in the development of our city," he said.

Pamintuan assured that in due time, the committee shall sit down again and look at the city's other distinguished citizens, and shall salute and fete them as well at the proper occasion.

The awardees include, for Arts and Culture: Mariano A. Henson, Vicente Alvarez Dizon, Claude Tayag, Nicanor "Nikki" Reyes, Lucia "Aling Lucing" Cunanan, Benedict D. Pamintuan, Fr. Venancio Q. Samson, Allan Lindo Pineda [], Daniel H. Dizon, Raquel Villavicencio and Peter de Vera.

For Business: Ramon W. Tang, J. Emiliano Valdes, Domingo Evangelista, Jr., Evansuida G. Ocampo, Virginia "Iniang" Flores, Reghis M. Romero II, Dennis Anthony Uy, Johnny Uy, Ruperto Cruz, Peter G. Nepomuceno and Ronald V. Pineda.

For Government Service: Rafael S. del Rosario, Juanita L. Nepomuceno, Rafael L. Lazatin, Francisco G. Nepomuceno, Rizalino S. Navarro, Emmanuel Q. Yap, Amb. Laura Q. del Rosario and Elmer G. Cato.

For Education: Barbara Yap Angeles, Josefa Guzman, Sr. Josefina G. Nepomuceno, OSB and Emmanuel Y. Angeles; for Sports: Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes, Nicanor Nicdao, Marissa Sanchez and Bruce McTavish; for Medicine: Dr. Francisco D. Lim and Dr. Placido de Guzman; for Architecture: Teodoro H. Narciso; for Aviation: Benhur A. Gomez; for Journalism: Renato D. Tayag and Armando P. Baluyot; for Human Rights: Jose E. Suarez and Dr. Jose P. Pelayo; for Philanthropy: Don Juan D. Nepomuceno; for Information Technology: Peter M. Valdes; for International Economics: Delano P. Villanueva; and for Community Service: Marina G. Pingul. (AC-CIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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