MALOLOS CITY—Bulacan feted Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Monday as the sixth Natatanging Dangal ng Lipi awardee during the opening day of the week-long Singkaban Fiesta.
The award was handed to Roxas after he served as guest speaker in the opening day ceremonies of the weeklong festival at the capitol compound here.
Gov. Wilhelmino Alvarado said the award is supposed to be given on Sunday but advanced it as Roxas might not make it during the annual awards night. As a matter of fact, Roxas immediately left after his brief speech to attend to his other duties.
In an ambush interview, he said that there is another shootout in Mindanao. “I have to go there today,” Roxas said as he rushed to his vehicle. Roxas was given the Natatanging Dangal ng Lipi Award for his contribution in government service.
Only five other Bulakenyos were given the same award, the highest recognition bestowed by the provincial government to outstanding Bulakenyos.
The other Natatanging Dangal ng Lipi Awardees are the late President Corazon Aquino, late statesman Blas F. Ople, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.
A former congressman who represented Capiz province, Roxas was elected as senator in 2004.
He is the grandchild of former President Manuel Roxas and Donya Trinidad De Leon of of the old LVN Pictures who hailed from San Miguel, Bulacan. Other awardees in this year’s Dangal ng Lipi awards will be feted on Sunday night at the Pavillion of the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here.
They are Dr. Flaviana Hilario, Susan “Toots” Ople, Engineer Roderick Dela Cruz, Gregoria Simbulan, Vincent “Chot” Reyes, Dr. Allan De Guzman, Engineer Francisco Duran, Dr. Albert De Leon, Denisa Reyes and retired Police Chief Supt. Enrico Salapong. Valerio said the above mentioned winners excelled in the field of community service, education, science and technology, agriculture, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, health, business and industry, sports, government service and expatriate. Dino Balabo