Balanga City honored 25 family men who have served as pillars of their communities in an awards night held at Plaza Mayor on April 18.
Dubbed ‘Gawad Parangal sa Natatanging Ama ng Bawat Barangay’, the awards night is held annually to recognize fathers who have left legacies in their families and immediate communities. The respective chairmen of each of the barangay councils led the selection process of honorees.
Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia personally conferred the awards. In his speech, the mayor stressed that the presence of exemplary family men proves that Balanga has dignified communities.
Vice-Mayor Vianca Lita V. Gozon represented the Sangguniang Panlungsod in the awards night. She, too, expressed her appreciation of the awardees’ contribution to Balanga’s progress.
As expected, the awardees came from various walks of life. While some are professionals, some came from humble beginnings. Nevertheless, their respective success stories paved the way for their reception of the award.
Men of Virtues
The awardees were Ernesto Matias (Central), Mario Dela Cruz (Cupang North), Juanito Salazar (Cupang West), Danilo Mocosa (Dangcol), Danilo Regalado (Doña Francisca), Villamor Sanchez (Ibayo), Eduardo Mendoza (Malabia), Arnel Landicho (Munting Batangas), Romeo Gara (Poblacion), Roberto Bustamante (Puerto Rivas Ibaba), Donato Miranda (Puerto Rivas Itaas), Melvin Salazar (Lote Puerto Rivas), Rogelio Maglaqui (San Jose), Mario Leaño (Sibacan), Rodolfo Taroy (Talisay), Dominador Ruiz, Jr. (Tanato), Henry Custodio (Tenejero), Rolando Sevilla (Tortugas), Renio Cahug (Bagong Silang), Federico Tuazon (Bagumbayan), Tranquilino Zarraga (Cabog-Cabog), Christopher Bangco (Camacho), and Eduardo Balangitan (Cataning).
The oldest awardee was Alberto de Leon of Cupang Proper who is almost a hundred years old. The youngest, however, was Victor Villanueva of Tuyo.
Entrusted with Great Responsibilities
Interior and Local Government-Balanga Officer Evelyn Matias revealed the criteria used to choose this year’s honorees. Since the aim was to glean the best fathers from each barangay, the selection process had been very difficult.
Edgardo C. Cruz, Civil Service Commission’s Bataan field officer, was the night’s guest of honor. He challenged the fathers to strive more as living examples for their communities.
“From this day on, your communities will expect you to become their models in living upright lives,” said Cruz.
Banga Festival 2017
Among those present in the awards night were city department heads, city employees, and private partners.
Annually, the City Tourism Office, now headed by Ms. Lolita Del Rosario, leads the conduct of ‘Gawad Natatanging Ama’ as part of the month-long Banga Festival. |Arli Atienza