3rd MCLLAE awards highlight Dia di Ma’am Caling PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 April 2013 11:14

The City Tourism Division and the City Health Office (CHO) will be helming two activities in celebration of the 7th Dia de Ma’am Caling, marking today as a red-letter day for public service and young achievers, in honor of the legacy left behind by the late Maria Clara L. Lobregat.

City Tourism Division will wrap up the search for the region’s brightest young minds in the awarding ceremony of the 2013 Maria Clara L. Lobregat Award for Excellence (MCLLAE), highlighting the celebration at the Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat this afternoon.

Emerging on top for this year’s search are Gualberto Abunas Lantaya Jr. of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), Jeane Anne M. Dagoy of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and Ryan Victor Patangan Miranda of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU).

All three are achievers within their respective schools. Aside from numerous awards, Lantaya was one of the Philippine-Tohaku Goodwill Ambassador of the 2012 Japan East Asia Network of Exchange Student and Youths (JENESYS) programme. Dagoy, an active member of the Southeast Asia Young Astronomers Collaboration (SEAYAC) and the Samahan ng Pisika sa Visayas at Mindanao (SPVM), graduated magna cum laude and is the valedictorian for the WMSU Class of 2013.

Miranda, on the other hand, was recognized as an Outstanding Youth Dipolognon in 2011 for representing the Philippines in three international study grants given by the United States, Japan and Hongkong. He is also the valedictorian of the ADZU Class of 2013.

Meanwhile, one hundred fifty young boys, aged 13 years old and above, will complete their rite of passage to adulthood, courtesy of the CHO’s ‘Operation Tuli’ today. The operation will be held at the CHO conference room, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm today.

The activity is intended for young boys from indigenous families who cannot afford the costs entailed by a circumcision operation in the hospital. Beneficiaries were required to pre-register with CHO a couple of days before the actual conduct of the activity.

These are just two of the activities slated for the Dia de Ma’am Caling. A commemorative mass will be held at the Holy Trinity Parish in Pasonanca today at 4 PM.  This will be followed by the wreath-laying ceremony and the opening of the exhibit at the El Museo de Zamboanga at the Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat. — Jasmine Mohammadsali