AWARDS: WHY THEY ARE 'BAYANING PILIPINO'

Lilia Diaz is a retired school teacher who finds fulfillment in teaching a community of Tagbanwa in Culion, Palawan how to read, write and count, while Leonilo Beltan is a former OFW and electrician who gives skills training to out-of-school youth. Diaz sought out to address the shock she experienced upon seeing the marginalization being experienced by the Tagbanwa people. “Naranasan nila kung paano sila lokohin. Iniyakan namin dito ang mga Tagbanwa na inaapi, sinusuntok, at binubugbog dahil hindi sila marunong mag-basa at mag-sulat,” she shared. Unscrupulous traders would take advantage of the Tagbanwa fishermen, who, because of their lack of education, did not know how to price their catch. Diaz thought that by providing basic education to hopeful Tagbanwa people, the local folks would be able to improve their livelihood. She began a new teaching career that involved boat rides and treks to set up a learning program. “Wala akong mabibigay na kayamanan. Pero sa binibigay kong serbisyo, lahat ng sakripisyo at sakit ay mapapalitan ng kaligayahan,” said Diaz, who is preparing her “students” to take their qualifying exams to be considered graduates of elementary education. Beltran, on the other hand, used the experience he had teaching electrical skills to inmates as a volunteer of the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education to set up the Skills Caravan, which imparts basic knowledge on plumbing and electrical skills. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bayaning Pilipino Awards

A man without roots is a man without a face. For one’s roots to one’s motherland are a precious source of nourishment for one’s existence, identity and purpose. The Bayaning Pilipino Award was organized to give patriotism – and the spirit of bayanihan - a face. To honor Filipinos residing in the United States – or American citizens with Filipino ancestry – who continue to remember their roots through selfless public service for their less-fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters. A friendship between Don Geny Lopez and Fr. Tanalega, S.J. became the bridge where the ideas of seeking out and honoring the unsung Filipino patriots crossed. Finally, in 1995, the award-giving organization was formed; and is now sustained by the UGAT Foundation – an apostolate of volunteers working for the welfare of the poor. This year, the criterion for the award will be much broader in scope. It will focus on corporations, institutions and organizations that have contributed significantly to the well-being of the Filipino-American community in the United States or in the Philippines. Given annually, the prestigious award carries with it a message of deep gratitude from the Filipino people: “We will always remember, as you have remembered.” The Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2009 shall be conferred on a project or service that has been completed through communal effort in the bayanihan spirit. This project or service should have a measurable impact on a sector or community in the Philippines or in overseas Filipino communities. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kris Aquino admits she still has a 'broken heart'

Kris Aquino is still heart broken. This is what the Queen of All Media admitted in her Instagram post Tuesday. Kris posted a photo with a quote: “Sometimes the girl who's always been there for everyone else needs someone to be there for her.” In the caption she revealed that she “had to pack up my taping & won't be in A&A Tonight.” Adding that “I'm sorry for needing this time for myself.” She even apologized to her friend and “Kris TV” writer Darla Sauler since she “didn't have the strength to make your birthday a festive day.” But the TV host-actress promised that she'll be back to work today, Wednesday, but will take a hiatus in Instagram. She said she'll update her account again “once I'm sure that my broken heart is healed.” It could be recalled that few months back, Kris was romantically linked with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. Their relationship was cut short with Herbert saying he would want to prioritize his children first. At the end of the caption Kris said that “nahihiya lang akong mag pretend pa to be okay when I still have a long way to go... I owe you & I owe myself this HONESTY.”THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Palace mum why Nora Aunor not named National Artist

Malacañang on Saturday kept mum as to why film superstar Nora Aunor was not included in the list of new National Artists. Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in an interview with government radio dzRB declined to comment on the matter saying that she was not part of the deliberations for the conferment of the award. “That I cannot answer at this time. Unfortunately I was not part of the deliberations with the President on the conferment of the award of National Artists,” Valte said when asked why Aunor is not among those declared as new National Artists. Earlier reports said the multi-awarded actress was nominated as National Artist for Film in the list submitted by the National Commission for Culture and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday night announced that President Aquino had signed and issued on June 20, 2014, Proclamation Numbers 807, 808, 809, 810, 811 and 812 declaring Alice Reyes – Dance; Francisco Coching (Posthumous) – Visual Arts; Cirilo Bautista – Literature; Francisco Feliciano – Music; Ramon Santos – Music; and Jose Maria Zaragoza (Posthumous) – Architecture, Design and Allied Arts as National Artists. The Order of National Artists was established under Proclamation No. 1001, s. 1972 to give appropriate recognition and prestige to Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters. It is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts and letters. READ MORE...

ALSO: New National Artists named; Nora Aunor not included

President Benigno Aquino III has named new National Artists but contrary to earlier reports, film superstar Nora Aunor is not one of them. According to Communication Secretary Sonny Coloma, the next set of National Artists are: Alice Reyes - Dance; Francisco Coching (Posthumous) - Visual Arts; Cirilo Bautista - Literature; Francisco Feliciano - Music; Ramon Santos - Music; Jose Maria Zaragoza (Posthumous) - Architecture, Design, and Allied Arts. Coloma said the President signed and issued on Thursday Proclamation Numbers 807, 808, 809, 810, 811 and 812 declaring the National Artists. Coloma did not explain why Aunor, who once faced an illegal drugs charge, was not among those named. The Order of National Artists was established under Proclamation No. 1001 (s. 1972) to give appropriate recognition and prestige to Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters. It is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts and letters. The President will confer the Order of the National Artist to the awardees in a ceremony. READ MORE...

ALSO: Proclamation order for new National Artists already signed by President

President Benigno Aquino has already signed the order proclaiming a new set of National Artists as early as two months ago, reliable sources says, but the National Artist Secretariat under National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has not received from Malacañang the order. It is NCCA that organizes with Malacañang the ceremonies to proclaim new National Artists. The ceremonies are usually held around June 12 as one of the events, like the traditional vin d’honneur for the diplomatic corps, that are usually held to mark Independence or Philippine National Day. The sources say the President has signed all of the proclamation orders of those elected by the joint board of the NCCA and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)—save for one artist. The apparent veto, say sources, was based on the recommendation of the Malacañang Honors Committee, which screens nominees to state awards. No to Nora -Earlier, Coconuts Manila, an online news magazine, reported that “prospects may have dimmed for actress Nora Aunor becoming National Artist, with President Aquino reportedly set to proclaim any time soon the new set of National Artists after (a long) delay.” “Malacañang has balked from elevating the actress to the honor because of ‘moral issues’ against her, particularly her alleged drug use and her arrest in the United States several years ago over drug possession.” Aunor, too, has tax problems, Coconuts Manila added. Presidential veto of National Artists voted by the NCCA-CCP is allowed by the Supreme Court. READ MORE...


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Why they are Bayaning Pilipino


The 2014 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino awardees and finalists with ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio —Photos by Robert Ryan Ramos

MANILA, JUNE 23, 2014 (PHILSTAR) KAPAMILYA DAY By Kane Errol Choa - Lilia Diaz is a retired school teacher who finds fulfillment in teaching a community of Tagbanwa in Culion, Palawan how to read, write and count, while Leonilo Beltan is a former OFW and electrician who gives skills training to out-of-school youth.

Diaz sought out to address the shock she experienced upon seeing the marginalization being experienced by the Tagbanwa people.

“Naranasan nila kung paano sila lokohin. Iniyakan namin dito ang mga Tagbanwa na inaapi, sinusuntok, at binubugbog dahil hindi sila marunong mag-basa at mag-sulat,” she shared.

Unscrupulous traders would take advantage of the Tagbanwa fishermen, who, because of their lack of education, did not know how to price their catch.


Eugenio Lopez III and Fr. Nilo Talanega award Bayaning Pilipino Lilia Diaz
PHOTO COURTESY OF THEDAILYPEDIA.COM

Diaz thought that by providing basic education to hopeful Tagbanwa people, the local folks would be able to improve their livelihood. She began a new teaching career that involved boat rides and treks to set up a learning program.

“Wala akong mabibigay na kayamanan. Pero sa binibigay kong serbisyo, lahat ng sakripisyo at sakit ay mapapalitan ng kaligayahan,” said Diaz, who is preparing her “students” to take their qualifying exams to be considered graduates of elementary education.

Beltran, on the other hand, used the experience he had teaching electrical skills to inmates as a volunteer of the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education to set up the Skills Caravan, which imparts basic knowledge on plumbing and electrical skills.


Bayaning Pilipino awardee Leonilo Beltran,
PHOTO COURTESY OF THEDAILYPEDIA.COM

The Skills Caravan gives courses on how to become a cook, barber or computer technician — all taught for free by its volunteer educators.

“I stayed in far-flung areas where I saw young people suffering from poverty. I saw myself in them. Then I told myself that I would return someday to help and empower them so they could have a bright future,” said Beltran in Filipino.

Both Diaz and Beltran were honored with the prestigious 2014 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards given by ABS-CBN and the Ugat Foundation that honor modern-day unsung heroes in our country.

ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III said in his speech that he watches the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards in awe every year because of the abundance of Filipino heroes who are authentic in their dedication and will continue to do what they do even if nobody sees or recognizes them.

“Without a doubt, we turned the unfortunate year of 2013 into a showcase of the most heroic acts that the common Filipino can do. The past year had been extraordinary. But I am convinced that we don’t need extraordinary events to bring out the best in us,” he said.

Twenty years ago, the Bayaning Pilipino Awards program was established by the late Eugenio Lopez Jr., founder of ABS-CBN Corp., the largest multimedia conglomerate in the Philippines, to highlight the accomplishments of dedicated and determined Filipinos in the field of public service.


Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2014 Honor Country’s Unsung Heroes Mc Richard Paglicawan on June 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm PHOTO COURTESY OF THEDAILYPEDIA.COM

The Bayaning Samahang Pilipino award, on the other hand, went to IDEA Philippines, Inc., a group that educates hearing-impaired children.

In her acceptance speech, IDEA co-founder and CFO Marilou Drake happily shared that the group has been making progress year after year by making a positive impact on hundreds of hearing-impaired children and their families’ lives by educating them so they become successful citizens.

Program director Maricris Magallones said in a video interview that the well-being of the deaf is the core of their organization and that they train teachers to become teachers for the deaf because they “want to send the message that the deaf can.”

One of IDEA Philippines’ beneficiaries, Menandrino Pelino, said in sign language, “I didn’t go to school when I was young because I was deaf, so IDEA helped me. They were searching and they found me. And I am happy. Now that I’m working, I can support myself and help my family.”

Meanwhile, the Bayaning Kabataang Pilipino award went to John Michael Delariarte of Zamboanga. The Bayaning Pilipino sa Gawing Japan award went to Jeppie Ramada and the Bayaning Pilipino sa North America awards were conferred to ANAK, the Carolina Medical Mission and the Filipino-American Community Development Center.

The awards night held at the Dolphy Theater was hosted by Iza Calzado and Atom Araullo, with special guests Miss International Bea Rose Santiago, Robi Domingo, Khalil Ramos, Ella Cruz, Kitchie Nadal, Alvin and Jeron Teng, Aia de Leon, Kitchie Nadal, Nicole Asensio, Angeline Quinto, Klarisse, Tutti Karingal, Jovit Baldivino, Yeng Constantino, Cookie Chua, Bayang Barrios, Lolita Carbon, the Reo Brothers and Azkals members Nate Burky and OJ Porteria.

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Bayaning Pilipino Awards


A Project of ABS CBN Broadcasting Corporation in Consortium with UGAT Foundation, Inc.

A man without roots is a man without a face. For one’s roots to one’s motherland are a precious source of nourishment for one’s existence, identity and purpose.

The Bayaning Pilipino Award was organized to give patriotism – and the spirit of bayanihan - a face. To honor Filipinos residing in the United States – or American citizens with Filipino ancestry – who continue to remember their roots through selfless public service for their less-fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters.

A friendship between Don Geny Lopez and Fr. Tanalega, S.J. became the bridge where the ideas of seeking out and honoring the unsung Filipino patriots crossed. Finally, in 1995, the award-giving organization was formed; and is now sustained by the UGAT Foundation – an apostolate of volunteers working for the welfare of the poor.

This year, the criterion for the award will be much broader in scope. It will focus on corporations, institutions and organizations that have contributed significantly to the well-being of the Filipino-American community in the United States or in the Philippines.

Given annually, the prestigious award carries with it a message of deep gratitude from the Filipino people: “We will always remember, as you have remembered.”

The Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2009 shall be conferred on a project or service that has been completed through communal effort in the bayanihan spirit. This project or service should have a measurable impact on a sector or community in the Philippines or in overseas Filipino communities.

CRITERIA:
1. Measurable impact: scope and number of beneficiaries with known effective results.
2. Highlight the value of unity / PAGKAKAISA (effective elimination of selosan, inggitan, siraan, etc. or has effectively dealt with these either through interventions or through innovative methods).
3. Focused on service and/or an issue (poverty, health, education, etc) as felt either in the US or in the Philippines.
4. Transcend regionalism / parochialism.
5. Participatory / people-oriented leadership (as shown in the manner of how they choose their leaders and their acceptance thereof)
6. Promotes Filipino values and culture: Filipino heritage

For nomination forms and more information, visit www.globalbayaningpilipino.com

Entries may be sent to:
ABS CBN International
150 Shoreline Dr.
Redwood City, CA 94065-1400 USA
Toll Free: 1-800-FIL-CHNL
Tel: 650.508.6000
Fax: 650.551.1061
E-mail: bayaningpilipinoawards@yahoo.com

Bayaning Pilipino Awards
UGAT Foundation, Inc.
2F ISO Annex Bldg., Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108
Tel: (063-2) 426.6496; 426.6001 x4873
Fax: (063-2) 426.6497

FROM PHILSTAR

Kris Aquino admits she still has a 'broken heart' By Eunice Blanco (philstar.com) | Updated June 11, 2014 - 10:30am


Kris Aquino admits in her Instagram account that she's still mending a broken heart.- Photo from Kris Aquino's Instagram Account

MANILA, Philippines- Kris Aquino is still heart broken.

This is what the Queen of All Media admitted in her Instagram post Tuesday.

Kris posted a photo with a quote: “Sometimes the girl who's always been there for everyone else needs someone to be there for her.”

In the caption she revealed that she “had to pack up my taping & won't be in A&A Tonight.” Adding that “I'm sorry for needing this time for myself.”

She even apologized to her friend and “Kris TV” writer Darla Sauler since she “didn't have the strength to make your birthday a festive day.”

But the TV host-actress promised that she'll be back to work today, Wednesday, but will take a hiatus in Instagram. She said she'll update her account again “once I'm sure that my broken heart is healed.”

It could be recalled that few months back, Kris was romantically linked with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. Their relationship was cut short with Herbert saying he would want to prioritize his children first.

Related: Kris and Herbert: A work that didn’t progress

At the end of the caption Kris said that “nahihiya lang akong mag pretend pa to be okay when I still have a long way to go... I owe you & I owe myself this HONESTY.”

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Palace mum why Nora Aunor not named National Artist by Jc Bello Ruiz June 21, 2014 (updated)


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Malacañang on Saturday kept mum as to why film superstar Nora Aunor was not included in the list of new National Artists.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in an interview with government radio dzRB declined to comment on the matter saying that she was not part of the deliberations for the conferment of the award.

“That I cannot answer at this time. Unfortunately I was not part of the deliberations with the President on the conferment of the award of National Artists,” Valte said when asked why Aunor is not among those declared as new National Artists.

Earlier reports said the multi-awarded actress was nominated as National Artist for Film in the list submitted by the National Commission for Culture and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday night announced that President Aquino had signed and issued on June 20, 2014, Proclamation Numbers 807, 808, 809, 810, 811 and 812 declaring Alice Reyes – Dance; Francisco Coching (Posthumous) – Visual Arts; Cirilo Bautista – Literature; Francisco Feliciano – Music; Ramon Santos – Music; and Jose Maria Zaragoza (Posthumous) – Architecture, Design and Allied Arts as National Artists.

The Order of National Artists was established under Proclamation No. 1001, s. 1972 to give appropriate recognition and prestige to Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters.

It is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts and letters.

Coloma said the President will confer the Order of the National Artist in an appropriate ceremony.

FRPM ABS-CBN

New National Artists named; Nora Aunor not included by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Posted at 06/20/2014 11:16 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2014 11:08 AM


Jean Marc Cordero (left) dances the role of Andres Bonifacio in a production of Ballet Philippines, founded by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes; National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista INTERAKSYON.COM

MANILA (UPDATED) - President Benigno Aquino III has named new National Artists but contrary to earlier reports, film superstar Nora Aunor is not one of them.

According to Communication Secretary Sonny Coloma, the next set of National Artists are:

Alice Reyes - Dance
Francisco Coching (Posthumous) - Visual Arts
Cirilo Bautista - Literature
Francisco Feliciano - Music
Ramon Santos - Music
Jose Maria Zaragoza (Posthumous) - Architecture, Design, and Allied Arts.

Coloma said the President signed and issued on Thursday Proclamation Numbers 807, 808, 809, 810, 811 and 812 declaring the National Artists.

Coloma did not explain why Aunor, who once faced an illegal drugs charge, was not among those named.

The Order of National Artists was established under Proclamation No. 1001 (s. 1972) to give appropriate recognition and prestige to Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters.

It is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts and letters.

The President will confer the Order of the National Artist to the awardees in a ceremony.

The Philippine Star reported that in 2009, the proclamation of National Artists became controversial when then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dropped Ramon Santos, nominee for music, from the list submitted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Arroyo included four names: Carlo Caparas for visual arts and film, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez for theater, Jose “Pitoy” Moreno for fashion design and Francisco Mañosa for architecture.

The changes resulted in protests and a Supreme Court (SC) plea seeking the invalidation of the proclamation of the four added by Arroyo.

Santos, however, was included in the list supposedly submitted to Aquino.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Proclamation order for new National Artists already signed by President Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:47 am | Monday, June 9th, 2014


Emblem of the Order, which appears on the Collar bestowed on Members.

President Benigno Aquino has already signed the order proclaiming a new set of National Artists as early as two months ago, reliable sources says, but the National Artist Secretariat under National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has not received from Malacañang the order.

It is NCCA that organizes with Malacañang the ceremonies to proclaim new National Artists.

The ceremonies are usually held around June 12 as one of the events, like the traditional vin d’honneur for the diplomatic corps, that are usually held to mark Independence or Philippine National Day.

The sources say the President has signed all of the proclamation orders of those elected by the joint board of the NCCA and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)—save for one artist.

The apparent veto, say sources, was based on the recommendation of the Malacañang Honors Committee, which screens nominees to state awards.

No to Nora

Earlier, Coconuts Manila, an online news magazine, reported that “prospects may have dimmed for actress Nora Aunor becoming National Artist, with President Aquino reportedly set to proclaim any time soon the new set of National Artists after (a long) delay.”

“Malacañang has balked from elevating the actress to the honor because of ‘moral issues’ against her, particularly her alleged drug use and her arrest in the United States several years ago over drug possession.”

Aunor, too, has tax problems, Coconuts Manila added.

Presidential veto of National Artists voted by the NCCA-CCP is allowed by the Supreme Court.

In its July 2013 decision voiding the proclamation by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of four National Artists who were not on the original list of the CCP-NCCA, the Supreme Court upheld Arroyo’s act of dropping composer Ramon Santos despite his election.

The high court said the election was a “nomination” and was “not binding” to the President but “only discretionary.”

But Arroyo’s inclusion of four artists not on the original list— komiks artist and B-movie director Carlo J. Caparas, theater artist Cecille Guidote Alvarez, architect Francisco Mañosa, and fashion designer Jose “Pitoy” Moreno—was a “grave abuse of discretion” since the four did not pass muster in the nomination process set by the law.

The court, however, did not find anything wrong with Arroyo dropping Santos from the list.

Power of control

“By the power of control, the President had the authority to alter or modify or nullify or set aside such recommendation or power. It was well within the President’s power and discretion to proclaim all, or some or even none of the recommendees of the CCP and NCCA boards, without having to justify his or her action,” the high court ruled.

The rule has reportedly been applied to Aunor, whose election is said to have caused some unease in certain sectors of Malacañang, especially since National Artists are given special public regard in state functions.

In 2005, Aunor was arrested in California for illegal drug possession. The case was dismissed by a Los Angeles court after she performed community service and underwent an 18-month rehabilitation program. Lito B. Zulueta


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