Tuguegarao—The Provincial Government of Cagayan has launched the 4th year of the “Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano.”
The esteemed search aims to recognize Cagayano exemplars who have contributed in various fields of endeavor to the enhancement of the province’s growth, honor, and glory, nationally and internationally.
Lawyer Mabel Villarica-Mamba, the proponent and advocate of the awards and the first lady of the province, said the Dangal Awards is a great venue to showcase the world-class integrity and greatness of Cagayanos to the country and to the whole world.
“Honor, excellence and the values of genuine goodness are the essential norms that make a Cagayano worthy of the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano award,” Villarica-Mamba stressed.
In 2017, the administration of Gov. Manuel N. Mamba chose to recognize Cagayanos who made laudable contributions in the community as the highlight of the year’s Aggao Nac Cagayan celebration.
The awards were the highlight of the province’s founding anniversary in 2017, adding more meaning, significance, and color to the celebration.
Mamba underscored the importance of this award to the local government and to the whole province of Cagayan. The governor said the awards embody “the greatness of a Cagayano, whose perseverance, dedication, service and noble values are his pride to the whole nation and to the whole world.”
He also said that gone are the days when the first thing that comes to mind when Cagayan is mentioned are of plunder, ineptness and corruption.
“What we want people to remember are the excellence, resilience and diligence of our race and the beauty and vibrancy of our province. This year, we will again choose the best of the best, the exemplars in their respective areas of expertise and advocacy, the role models for our youth to emulate,” the governor emphasized.
Villarica-Mamba stressed that the search is for people who have been residing in the province for the past 10 years up to present.
The nominees must have contributed to nation-building, have served their community in an outstanding capacity, have performed their functions above and beyond the call of duty, and have served as an inspiration to their fellow men, especially to their fellow Cagayanos.
The nominees were chosen according to these criteria: professional excellence and integrity in their field of endeavor (40 points), contribution to the community or province (40 points), and service above and beyond the call of duty (20 points).
Mamba said any person or organization may nominate one or two individuals for the search. A scrapbook containing attachments, photos and write-ups shall be submitted by the nominee, who will respond to the criteria for judging.
In 2019, one Natatanging Cagayano Awardee and nine Gintong Medalya Awardees made it to the roster of the prestigious search.
The Natatanging Cagayano Awardee was Justice Raul Paul L. Hernando (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Philippines).
Meanwhile, the Gintong Medalya awardees last year were Richard B. Biraquit (Agriculture), Engr. Florencio A. Balagso (Agriculture), MGen. Ramiro Manuel A. Rey (Peace and Order), John Mauro Q. Manuel (Community and Development), Joeffrey M. Calimag, Ph.D. (Higher Education), Justice Perpetua T. Atal-Paño (Law and Women Empowerment), Raymond E. Narag, Ph.D. (Justice System and Penology), and Lerma Elmira M. Bulauitan (Sports).
“We launched the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano Award in 2017 because I felt that we need to inspire our people, especially the younger generation, that there is so much to be proud of about our people and our province. I believe we need to have modern-day heroes who we can look up to because of their achievements and moral uprightness,” Governor Mamba added.
The awarding ceremony will be held during the Aggao Nac Cagayan festival this June.
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