Four (4) notable Pagbilaoins who have brought honor and pride to the Municipality by excelling in their respective field and exemplifying the characters and values of true-blooded Pagbilao citizens were granted the prestigious title as “Natatanging Anak ng Pagbilao 2017” in the Awarding Ceremony, August 29, 2017 at the Sentrong Pangkabuhayan Auditorium.
The Natatanging Anak ng Pagbilao 2017 Awarding Ceremony is one of the activities in line with the joint celebration of 287th Araw ng Pagbilao and 332nd Araw ng Parokya.
Dr. Teodoro M. Gatchalian, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and an ‘adopted son’ of Pagbilao, was the guest speaker.
This year, four awardees emerged in the person of Tyronne Exequiel Ponciano Flores, Chris John Jaloren Cañarez, Limuel Hayag Vilela and Virgilio “Direk Gil” Merluza Portes.
TYRONNE EXEQUIEL PONCIANO FLORES
Nominated by Mr. Meriel M. Merjudio, Sports Coach
The 18-year-old athlete from Barangay Ikirin set records in a number of Shot Put events, such as the Calabarzon Regional Sports Competition 2017 where he was hailed as Best Thrower. A National University student, Flores is also a three-time Palarong Pambansa Gold Medalist, having notched, for three consecutive years (2015, 2016 and 2017), the highly-coveted medal in the country’s most-competitive sports competition.
CHRIS JOHN JALOREN CAÑAREZ
Category: Academics and Leadership
Nominated by Mrs. Sheryl M. Manalo, Talipan National High School Teacher
A Talipan National High School alumna, Cañarez has brought academic and non-academic recognitions to Pagbilao, some of which are his four Mathematics quiz show championships and two Arts & Culture competition feats. Hailing from Barangay Mapagong, the 17-year-old LGU Pagbilao Scholar is a recipient of the 2017 Claro M. Recto Galing Mag-aaral Award under the Quezon Excellence Award, and the 2017 Outstanding Youth Leadership Excellence Award from the DepEd-Junior Chamber International. (See related article here: http://pagbilao.gov.ph/tnhs-student-awarded-claro-m-recto-huwarang-mag-aaral-award/#sthash.EpgQh8EM.dpbs)
LIMUEL HAYAG VILELA
Nominated by Rosalinda R. Mataya, Barangay Official
Vilela’s zero-to-hero story is not a close book to many. Growing from a simple family in Barangay Del Carmen, Vilela worked hard to be where he is now. A magna cum laude graduate from Southern Luzon State University, this world-class Canada-based Filipino made marks in international male pageantry. But aside from being Mr. Pacific World Copper 2016, he was also recognized as Top 1 Restaurant General Manager across Canada and One of the Top 100 Ultimate Guys of Men’s Health Magazine in New York City, USA.
VIRGILIO “DIREK GIL” MERLUZA PORTES
VISUAL ARTS (FILM & TELEVISION)
Nominated by Federico V. Decuzar, Jr., Teatro Tanghalang Pagbilao (Teatro TangLao)
A native of Barangay Tambak, the Philippines’ “Original Indie Director” had an incomparable film and television career that spanned four decades until his untimely demise in May 24, 2017. Direk Gil’s enormous contribution to the country’s film and TV industry includes several highly-acclaimed films, one of which is the multi-awarded Mga Munting Tinig. Unarguably one of the best filmmakers the Philippines ever had, Direk Gil notched twelve Best Director awards and several other recognitions from the most prestigious local and international award-giving bodies like FAMAS Award, Gawad Urian, Metro Manila Film Festival Awards and Palm Beach International Film Festival Award. (See related article here: http://pagbilao.gov.ph/direk-gil-portes-phs-original-indie-director-and-natatanging-anak-ng-pagbilao-awardee-dies/#sthash.PxbRNWmU.dpbs)
Last year’s sole Natatanging Anak ng Pagbilao is Reniel Villareal of Barangay Alupaye, who holds the title Mr. International-Philippines 2015 and currently making a name in international modeling scene.
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