Davao del Sur Honors homegrown achievers

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DIGOS CITY, Philippines —Fifteen distinguished individuals here were honored and given special recognition during the Gabi ng Parangal in time for the 50th founding anniversary of Davao del Sur, Saturday  June 27 at the Davao del Sur Coliseum.

Leading the pack of special awardees include:

-Atty. Jesus “Jess” G. Dureza, Secretary for Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process  consultant, journalist and politician from Hagonoy and the founding Chairman of Advocacy MindaNow Foundation, a group advocating for peace in Mindanao.

-Chief Supt. Ronald M. dela Rosa, director general of the Philippine National Police who hails from Sta. Cruz.

-William “Butch” Ramirez, Chairman of the government’s  Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

-Scottie Thompson, a sports personality playing for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel of the Philippine Basketball Association.  He is the owner of the Thompson’s Sports Hair Shop which opened in Digos in October 2016.

– Mea Gey A. Ninura, for her two record-breaking  event during the 2016  Palarong Pambansa.  She holds the  a record  in 3,000-meter run.

Mea Gey A. Ninura for her record-breaking performance in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa..-Photo: Henrylito Tacio

– KZ Tandingan, Singer.  who rose to fame after winning on the first season of “The X-factor Philippines” in 2012.

– Benjamin Lao, the two-time national awardee as Outstanding Farmer from the Department of Agriculture.  Lao, the inventor of Donnabelle coconut sugar and syrup products is from Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

– Henrylito D. Tacio, Journalist.  He was cited “excellence in journalism” for winning more than two dozen of journalism awards, including Hall of Fame in science reporting and Journalist of the Year from the Rotary Club of Manila.

Other special awardees were Leonardo Carvajal, Second Lieutenant Armand Lanaja, Engr. Hilario T. Alviar, Jr., Antonia O. Marfil, Edsel P. Barba, Romualdo C. Crispino, and Edgar Delibo.

The seven former governors cited were: Ramon delos Cientos, Nonito D. Llanos, Sr., Primo L. Ocampo, Att. Leonardo D. Suario, Rodolfo T. Canos, Reynerio E. Llanos, and Rogelio E. Llanos.

In her rationale of the award, Atty. Lani M. Gabutero, the chairperson of the selection committee, explained that the provincial government wanted “to recognize constituents who have excelled in their endeavor and those who have given her honor and pride.” -Newsline.ph

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