ILOILO – The provincial government of Iloilo recognized anew the outstanding Ilonggos who excelled in the field of education, arts, good governance and disaster response during her 113th anniversary on Friday.
The first group of awardees were the winners of The Many Faces of the Teacher 2013, a search for teachers who have shown extraordinary commitment to their profession, organized by Bato Balani Foundation.
They were Dr. Jesus C. Insilada of Alcarde Gustilo Memorial National High School in Calinog and Julieta S. Serrano of San Joaquin Central School in San Joaquin.
Insilada, also a two-time Carlos Palanca Awardee, advocated for the preservation and introduction of Panay-Bukidnon culture in his class.
Serrano, on the other hand, preserves in helping children with special needs in her hometown and lobbied for the creation of SPED Department in their school.
Another teacher-awardee was Mae E. Pangantihon of Sta. Barbara Central Elementary School in Sta. Barbara town.
She was previously awarded by Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Department of Education as the Ultimate Winner in the national search for GURO ng PAGASA 2013 for her efforts to teach her pupils the value of saving.
In the field of arts, Iloilo hailed Annie Rose Batayola of Barotac Nuevo. The student of Iloilo National High School for the Arts major in Visual Arts who was adjudged first place in Free Art Category in Egyptian Institute in Madrid, Spain. She also received the Juan Luna 2013 Peace and Cooperation School Award.
The local government units of Anilao, Oton and New Lucena were also recognized. The three previously bagged the Excell Awards from the Department of Interior and Local Government.
In the implementation of social services, a Gaward Parangal Award was awarded by the Association of Social Welfare Management and Development Officers of the Philippines to Oton Mayor Vicente Flores.
A posthumous award was also given to late Rogelio P. Lardera for his selfless act of heroism when Super Typhoon Yolanda wreck havoc in Concepcion, Iloilo.
The eldest of the ten children, the 52-year-old Lardera was a member of Manaphag Quick Response Team. He gave his life at the height of the typhoon on November 8, 2013 to save a group of men, women and children.
Lastly, the provincial government also honoured 18 of its successful scholars, three of which graduated magna cum laude in West Visayas State University.
They were Edcharles Jhon Baylon of San Rafael, Nicko Carnaje of Janiuay and Danny Duero Jr. of Pavia. The three were graduates of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Biology, Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science major in Business Management, respectively. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)