Que­zon City’s home­town he­roes named

The Philippine Star - - OBITUARIES -

The Dragon Star Awards - Home­town He­roes paid trib­ute last Mon­day night to honor de­serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als and NGOs of Que­zon City which in the pre­vi­ous year achieved dis­tinc­tion and ex­cel­lence in their re­spec­tive fields and helped im­proved the lives of others gen­er­ously with­out ex­pec­ta­tion of pub­lic recog­ni­tion.

The first an­nual Dragon Star Awards, or­ga­nized by the Que­zon City As­so­ci­a­tion of Filipino-Chi­nese Busi­ness­men headed by their pres­i­dent Joseph Lim Bon Huan pre­sented to 14 out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als and groups the plaque of recog­ni­tion and cash money of P20,000 each for their ef­forts

to help the com­mu­nity with­out ex­pect­ing in re­turn.

Mayor Her­bert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Bel­monte are the guest of honor but they were rep­re­sented by the mayor’s brother Hero Bautista who thanked the or­ga­nizer for bring­ing to the Que­zon City com­mu­nity their sup­port and tal­ents to help the com­mu­nity es­pe­cially poor fam­i­lies.

The Home­town He­roes is the high­est honor given to per­sons and NGOs liv­ing or based in Que­zon City, which, in their unique and revo­lu­tion­ary ways, have shown in­tegrity, ide­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion in up­lift­ing the lives of peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties in Que­zon City.

The awards has seven cat­e­gories — com­mu­nity lead­er­ship; pub­lic ser­vice; gov­ern­ment ser­vice; arts and cul­ture; fash­ion and life­style; jour­nal­ism and lit­er­a­ture; so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity; youth lead­er­ship.

For this year, there are 14 in­di­vid­u­als and NGO re­cip­i­ents namely:

• Nolly Bo­gate,Ger­lado Ju­mawan and Tzu Chi Foun­da­tion, for ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural growth;

• Nor­fil Foun­da­tion, Bo­to­can blood donor and Dr. Juan Sanchez, for so­cial devel­op­ment;

• Tere­sita Es­camil­lan, Robert Joe Lag­na­son Jr., vol­un­teer par­ents and Paul Emil Gruba for so­cial and peace build­ing.

• Ju­lia Denise Ong­choco for in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy and Fa­tima Gar­cia Loren­zon for health and well­ness ser­vices.

Vol­un­teer Par­ents rep­re­sen­ta­tive said their group as­sisted ev­ery con­cerned par­ent in the com­mu­nity on the proper way to im­proved learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of their kids.

Dr. Juan Sanchez and his “hos­pi­tal on wheels, one of the re­cip­i­ents said they were able to hold surg­eries in­side the hos­pi­tal on wheels as we are ex­pect­ing that in 10 years time we will have hos­pi­tal on wheels in ev­ery re­gion.

“This is not just about tro­phies, plaques or cash prizes. I be­lieve that when a per­son be­lieves in him­self, the rest of his des­tiny will fall into place. He only needs to trust his own abil­i­ties and for him to ac­com­plish great things, he must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also be­lieve,” Joseph Lim Bon Huan said in clos­ing.

“As an or­ga­ni­za­tion of busi­ness­men, we would like to en­cour­age Que­zon City res­i­dents and groups to be in­volved in im­prov­ing the lives of the peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties. We want to bring the prom­ise of to­mor­row, that there is hope for those be­lieve in their dreams, that they have the power to change the lives of other peo­ple,“he said.

Photo shows the awardees to­gether with the city’s FilipinoCh­i­nese busi­ness­men and lo­cal of­fi­cials.

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