CITY OF MALOLOS – “This award will serve as a challenge to all of us to strengthen our desire to help in the development and progress of our dear country.”
This was the statement of Department of Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra as he represents his 13 co-awardees in an acceptance speech for the “Gawad Dangal ng Lipi” award conferred to them last night at The Pavilion in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city.
He also thanked the Provincial Government of Bulacan for recognizing outstanding Bulakenyos in their chosen field of expertise.
“Ito ay isang karangalang ipagmamalaki namin sa aming kaapu-apuhan at ibabahagi sa aming mga kababayan sa mahal naming lalawigan ng Bulacan,” the justice secretary added.
Guevarra, who was awarded for the Government Service field, was joined by Department of Health Secretary Dr. Francisco T. Duque III for Health; Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. for Public Service in the field of Military Service; Justice Maria Theresa V. Mendoza-Arcega for Judiciary; Bishop Ruperto C. Santos and Most Reverend Bartolome G. Santos, Jr. for Community Service; Marcelina T. Itchon for Trade and Industry; Aurora F. Sumulong for Entrepreneur; Luceria D. Diego for Professional; Nathaniel A. Cruz for Arts and Culture (Journalism); Felicito S. Sacdalan for Arts and Culture (Music); Jaime F. Santiago for Advertising; Dr. Sergio S. Cao for Education; and Edwin B. Mag-isa for Agriculture.
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado proudly claimed that Bulakenyos in every generation carved the province’s name in the golden history of the country.
“Ang mga pinarangalan ngayong gabing ito ang magsisilbing parola sa kabilang baybayin na magtuturo ng ruta upang masumpungan ng mga bagong Bulakenyo na maglalakas-loob na pumalaot sa dagat ng pakikipagsapalaran,” the governor said.
The Gawad Dangal ng Lipi is the highest distinction the PGB is giving to notable Bulakenyos.
It was previously known as Natatanging Bulakenyo Award and started honoring exceptional Bulakenyos in 1974.