Purisima, Singson lead Fr. Burgos awardees

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Monday, February 14, 2011


VIGAN CITY - Two cabinet secretaries of the Aquino administration led this year's set of Father Jose Burgos Awardees in the recently concluded Kannawidan Ylocos Festival last week at the Provincial Capitol here.

Honored in the "Pammadayaw ken Panangbigbig kadagiti Annak ti Ilocos Sur" ceremony (Honoring and Acknowledging the children of Ilocos Sur) are the nine outstanding sons and daughters of the province, including Department of Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Lazo Singson, Department of Finance (DOF) Sec. Cesar Purisima, Metrobank Foundation Ten Outstanding Teachers of 2010 awardee Grace Urbien Salvatus, retired Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt Gen and chief of staff Diomedio Villanueva, agricultural scientist Dr. Leocadio Sebastian, journalist laywer Emil Jurado, pianist Mary Ann Armovit, processed food innovator Clemencia Padre and businessman Cirilo Lao.

Sec. Purisima of San Ildefonso town is a De La Salle University and Northwestern University graduate. He topped the 1979 Certified Public Accountant Board Examination and was the secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry in 2004 and of DOF in 2005.

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He was the co-owner of Prople, an outsourcing and offshoring industry, chairman and managing partner of Sycip Gores and Velayo (SGV), a member practice of Ernst and Young Global (1999-2004), chairman of the board of the Land Bank of the Philippines, governor of the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank and alternate governor for the International Monetary Fund among other positions.

Sec. Singson of Vigan City, a University of the Philippines Diliman and De la Salle University graduate, was honored for his contributions in engineering and construction.

He was the chairman and president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and concurrent chairman of the board of John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation, BCDA Management Holdings Inc., and North Luzon Railways Corporation, among other positions.

Pianist Armovit of Vigan City, born on 17 January 1932, got her music degree from St Scholastica's College. A holder of certificate in music education at the University of Oregon she became a scholar of the French government and studied masters in music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. She played the piano before audiences in the Philippines and in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jurado of Magsingal town is a veteran journalist, and a columnist of the Manila Standard, was the first president of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (broadcasters association of the Philippines).

Lao of Vigan City, owner of Vigan Fortune Lumber & Hardware, is the President of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the city.

Technology adaptor Padre of Bantay town is the owner and manager of Ilocos Food Products (IFP), a leader in Ilocano delicacies serving customers in the Philippines, Australia, Canada, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore.

IFP received awards as "Top Seller in Processed Food Sector, MEGMA (1999,2001, 2001)", and a Plaque of Recognition as Regional High Value Commercial Crop Processor, Gawad Saka 2001-2002.

Savatus of barangay Miramar, Magsingal town, 38, is one of the ten Metrobank Foundation Oustanding Teachers awardee of 2010.

She created Project Grace (Guided Reading Activity for Comprehension Enhancement), a one-on-one guided reading activity and the Pupil Mentor-Mentee Time for slow readers. She developed starter or story books about the environment and culture for students, and mentored other teachers on her advocacy and teaching skills in the National English Proficiency Program (NEPP) of the Department of Education Division in Quezon City.

Sebastian of Vigan City, according to an article of Dr. Sosimo Maria Pablico, was the PhilRice [Philippine Rice Research Institute] executive director in 2000 and the network team leader of the Rice RDE Network of the Bureau of Agriculture and Research in the same year.

Retired army general Villanueva of Tagudin town was once the AFP chief -of- staff and served the army for three decades. (Imelda Castro-Rivero)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 15, 2011.

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