Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gov’t recognizes 17 Filipino Canadians for their contributions to society

Senator Tobias Enverga, Jr. (C, Ontario) has stressed the importance of volunteer work to help one’s fellowmen and improve the community and the country.

The Conservative Senator for Ontario spoke before the seventeen recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in the presence of their families and guests during a formal and inspiring ceremony held in Toronto, Ontario, Saturday December 15, 2012. 

 The recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal – one of the prestigious recognitions given by the Government of Canada are as follows: Flordeliz Dandal, Executive Director of the Kababayan
 Community Centre Multicultural Services, who has dedicated 23 years of her life on the settlement agency to help and support newcomer immigrants; Artemio Pangilinan, President of ANCOP International Canada Inc. -- a registered Canadian charity, who, among other things, led the 2012 ANCOP Walks in major cities across Canada, raising more than $300, 000 for marginalized people in
 the Philippines and other third world countries; Resty del Rosario, a long-time community leader who led and handled various  projects in the Filipino-Canadian Community; Victoria Santiago, a dentist by
 profession; and recognized supporter of many community and charitable organizations and events; Romy Mananquil, a recognized leader in the field of visual arts; Emiliano Silverio, one of the founders
 of the Order of  the Knights of Rizal in Canada and serves as its Knight Grand Commander and Canada Region Adviser of the KoR for 17 years. Throughout the years, he has also been an active
 community leader; Andy Garcia, a philantropist who has donated to many causes around the world, including the Sto Nino Chapel in the Philippines; Alex Parucha, a World War II Veteran. Now 94
 years old, he continues to be active in Filipino-Canadian affairs; Ben Ferrer, a dedicated community leader and the vice-president of the Silayan Community Center which provides services for newcomers and drop-in center.

 Also receiving the Queen Elizathe II Jubilee Medal were Eleanor Calbes, a world-renowned soprano singer, who played lead roles at various productions of the Canadian Opera Company.  She is the founder of Opera Mississauga, City Centre Musical Productions and the Fiesta Filipina Dance
 Company; Linda Javier, President of the Filipino Center in Toronto (FCT) and a dedicated community leader, whose tireless efforts continue to give the Fillipino Canadian Community a home in Toronto;
 Dr. Francisco Portugal, a Family Physician, whose charitable work for his fellow Filipinos in the Philippines is widely known through the “Canadian Aid Relief Project;  Gene Dorotheo, Sr., a WWII
 veteran. At age 93 now, he continues to tirelessly advocate and leads various causes in the Filipino-Canadian community: George Poblete, a dedicated community leader, whose work, among many
 others, on the implementation of the Leyte Disaster Relief Funds Campaign gave huge financial assistance to land slide victims.

 Also recognized with the prestigious award were Bonner Villabroza, an active and dedicated community leader in Hamilton, Ontario. He is also the President and CEO of the Hamilton Community
 Filipino Centre; Very Rev. Francis Galvan, OSA (Order of the St. Augustinians), a very recognized
 religious leader, whose pastoral duties started at St. Brigid’s parish in Toronto, then as the Administrator of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish on Danforth . He was later sent to Rome for his Doctorate in Canon Law. Cuurently, he is the Provincial Superior of the Agustinians in Canada; and, Eduardo Lee, the publisher of   the longest-running Filipino paper in Toronto, “Atin Ito”, and where his work contibuted to a well-informed Filipino Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area and nearby cities.

The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal is awarded by the Goverment of Canada through the Office of the Governor General, to outstanding 60,000 Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada who made a significant contribution to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the past 60 years. (Trix Andrade)

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