MANILA, Philippines – Seven Filipino organizations around the world and three national awardees are this year’s winners of the prestigious Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards.
The first international awarding ceremony was held at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater in Quezon City.
The Global Award winners were:
- Pusong Pinoy, represented by its chairman, Donna Rosario (United States)
- Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, represented by its operations & marketing coordinator, Katherine Anne Estacio (Canada)
- Filipino Badminton Club, represented by Dr. Chie Umandap (Middle East)
- Lahing Kayumanggi, represented by its creative director, Ronaldo del Barrio (Europe)
- Kapit-bahayan Co-operative Ltd, led by its President Ruben Amores (Australia)
- Network of Filipino Social Development Workers in Japan (NETFIL), led by Malou Okuyama and April Morito (Japan); and
- Sagip Migrante as represented by Cesar Santoyo and Nestor Puno (Japan)
The national awardees were:
- The Gamez Family (Bayaning Pilipino-Pamilya)
- Rebecca Ouano (Bayaning Pilipino-Guro)
- Dr. Roel Cagape (Bayaning Pilipino- Individual)
Dr. Umandap, who accepted the award on behalf of his organization said, “Alam mo lahat qualified, sa nakita ko na naipakita sa video, sa laki ng mga organisasyon, parang ang liit namin kumpara sa kanila. Pero ang pagkakaiba siguro naming sa mga nakasabayan namin, mas malaki ang puso namin.”
For Rosario of Pusong Pinoy, good things also start from small beginnings. She said help extended by Filipinos go a long way, however big or small their donation is.
Puno, a director of Sagip Migrante accepted the award with humility.
“I am very proud and honored for receiving this prestigious award, and very thankful to the organizers of Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards for recognizing our small contributions for our kababayans in Tohoku Region,” said Puno.
Amores of Kapitbahayan Cooperative Limited said their organization helps low to medium-income Filipinos realize their dreams of owning their own homes.
Lahing Kayumanggi for its part helps Filipinos keep in touch with their family and roots, while Estacio of the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture’s said her group benefits a wide range of age groups but focus on second generation Filipinos who they hope to set `free’ from cultural detachment.
The Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards started as a National Awarding for outstanding Filipinos in the Philippines.
In 1995, Chairman Emeritus Eugenio Lopez Jr. tapped Ugat Foundation Inc., headed by Project Director Father Nilo Tanalega, to make the recognition for outstanding Filipinos performing extraordinary works to come intro fruition.
This year’s winners were screened by the Board of Judges headed by Chairman Educator and Theater Artist Sonia Roco; Eugenio Lopez III; Gina Lopez; Evelyn Caja, Bayaning Guro Finalist 2003 and Outstanding SPED Teacher Lingkod Bayan Awardee and Timothy Gabuna, Director, Ateneo Residence Hall.