Diamond recognition for the 2012 Zamboanga Local Achiever’s Award PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

It was a double honor and a glee,at the same time, for the awardees of the 2012 Zamboanga Local Achiever’s Award last February 24. Held at the Garden Orchid Hotel, this year’s prestigious and most coveted government award coincided with the 75th (Diamond) Charter Anniversary of Dia de Zamboanga – a more memorable recognition day.This coveted and prestigious award recognizes local achievers who have attained exceptional and remarkable achievements in their respective fields of endeavors. They become the pride and inspirations of Asia’s Latin City.

The 2012 awardees are doubly delightedto be honored as 2012 is a diamond year. It’s like being recognized on a silver year (25th) or golden year (50th)that calls for a special celebration. And like a diamond, the achievers of 2012 are very valuable,respected, and treasured.

Leading the 2012 awardees is His Excellency Roman Catholic Archbishop Romulo who received the highest award - the Orgullo de ZamboangaPremiar Award. The award recognizes his exemplary leadership and servanthood to the people of Zamboanga City. This humble man of God is also a peace loving person that’s why he is well-loved and highly respected even by other religious groups. He is veryapproachable and friendly but very firm in his decision making and giving advises.

Everybody felt sad when Zamboanga City Mayor CelsoLobregat shared to the audience that Archbishop Valles will be leaving soon (sighed) because he (Valles) will be assigned in Davao City in a few weeks.Archbishop Valles, we will miss you. Another religious leader recognized by the city with the coveted Mayor’s Award was Fr. Max Rodriquez.

Highest kudos to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Region for being the 2012 Achiever in Public Service! It is a long overdue recognition for this government agency that has been doing a great government service not only in our city but also throughout the region under the leadership of DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano. It’s a back to back win for DOST-9 as it received the prestigious national award Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Recognition for Commitment to Quality Management from Philippine President Benigno Aquino last January.

The oldest Rotary Club in Mindanao, the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City, was honored as the 2012 Achiever in Community Service. This respectable civic organization has been doing moving and inspirational different public services for 67 years. Last year, under the torch of past president Sixto Kwan, it was one of the most awarded Rotary Clubs in the district it belong. Present president Rikki Lim continued the legacy of Kwan.

Coca-Cola Zamboanga City, the country’s favorite cola, was honored as the top tax corporate payer together withErnesto Allaza of Southern Mindanao Enterprises for being the highest individual tas payer. Other awardees Iris Ranola (Sports), Ateneo de Zambopanga Concert Band (Culture and Performing Arts), Edwin Marcial (City Government Service), and Landco (Investment Promotion), and ZamboangaHai Seafood Restaurant (Tourism-Oriented Establishment).

by Dante Corteza


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 March 2012 10:53