One hundred sixty-two youth achievers from Ilocos Norte were recognized through the Sirib Youth Awards by the provincial government.
The young people were honored Feb. 13 at the Emelda Cultural Center in Batac City “for bringing honor to the province and inspiring their fellow to harness their world-class talents and skills.”
Ilocos Norte Youth Office OIC June Arvin Gudoy said “the Sirib Youth Awards aims to recognize young Ilocanos who brought prestige to the province through their participation in various national and international competitions.”
The awardees came from different fields including academics, leadership, sports, journalism, culture and arts.
They were led by international awardee Mhage Gerriahlouh Sebastian of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte who won in the 16th Asean Age Group Chess Championship.
Special awards were also given to board exam topnotchers including Carlo Magno Vistro (Top 8 of Nursing Licensure Examination on June 2015), Dennis Pungtilan (Top 10 of Registered Master Electrician Licensure Examination in September 2015) and Danah Mae Arzadon (Top 6 of Nursing Licensure Exam in November 2015).
The awarding was part of the celebration of Ilocos Norte’s 198th Foundation Anniversary.
Gov. Imee Marcos said that as Ilocos Norte gears up for its bicentennial anniversary on 2018, it is important to highlight the involvement of the Ilocano youth in achieving sustainable development.
Along with certificates of recognition, medals and trophies, the youth achievers received cash incentives from the provincial government. Coaches and advisers of winning participants were also recognized.
On behalf of her fellow awardees, Sebastian expressed her gratitude to Marcos for her continuous support to the Ilocano youth and for further inspiring them to pursue great achievements.
“Salamat po sa pagpapahalaga niyo sa simpleng kontribusyon namin sa bayan. Sana patuloy niyo pong isulong ang kapakanan naming mga kabataan upang mas lalo pang mahasa ang mga talento namin at sa gayon patuloy po kaming makapagbigay-karangalan sa bayan.”
John Lester Alos, champion in the 17th Inkblots National Campus Journalism Fellowship Newswriting Category who is also a beneficiary of PGIN’s Iskolar ni Manang Imee Program, also thanked the governor for the endless opportunities she is giving to the Ilocano youth. He further expressed his desire to serve the province in the future.