The Quezon City government recognized six individuals and six organizations as winners of the 19th Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal. The awardees were acknowledged for their outstanding community service initiatives on Wednesday, October 12, at the Elements Centris in Diliman.
The Gawad Parangal ceremony is part of the city’s 82nd founding anniversary. Mayor Joy Belmonte, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, and other government officials were among those in attendance. “We all have a selfless spirit inside us. Our awardees are proof of the truth that altruism is innate in our society. They will be the first to tell you that they are ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” Belmonte stated.
List of Awardees
Individuals and organizations that were honored during the ceremony include a Catholic priest, a police officer, an Olympics gold medalist, and the organizer of the Maginhawa Community Pantry.
– Ana Patricia Non
Artist / Maginhawa Community Pantry Organizer
– PLT. Jean C. Aguada
Chief, Anonas Station Community Affairs and Development Section (SCADS)
Chief, Women and Children Concern Section
– Rev. Fr. Ronald Mariano
Priest, Holy Family Parish, Barangay Roxas, District IV
– Dr. Leandro Resurreccion III + (Posthumous)
Head of the Pediatric Surgery Division, Philippine Children’s Medical Center
– Staff Sergeant Hidilyn Francisco Diaz
Gold Medalist — Women’s 55 kg weightlifting, Tokyo 2020 Olympics
– Lou Sabrina Ongkiko
Master Teacher I, Culiat Elementary School
– Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAW-ntry)
Anna Cabrera, Executive Director
– Safe Haven Community Center & Children’s Home, Inc.
Eliza Abrada, Managing Director
– ECPAT Philippines
Amihan Abueva. Chair of the Board
– BeSeekLeta for Every Juan
Roy Maceda, Founder
– Salamat PH Healthcare Heroes
April Joy Cruz, Co-Founder
– OCTA Research
Ranjit Rye, Founder
Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III was given a special posthumous award for his exceptional leadership and administration as the Philippines’ 15th President. He was also recognized as a notable Quezon City citizen.
Art Daniella Sison