PGC launches 2021 Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano Awards

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 1 (PIA) - - The Provincial Government of Cagayan is launching the 4th Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano Awards this year as a platform for inspiration among Cagayanos to rise above challenges amidst the pandemic.

The Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano is a prestigious award for Cagayano achievers, which aims to recognize outstanding, exemplary and distinguished Cagayanos who have made a name not only in the province, but also in the national and international arena; contributing in the progress and development of communities and in nation-building.

The awards started in 2017 as part of the founding anniversary of civil government of the province or the Aggao Nac Cagayan celebrations.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba believes that we need to have modern day heroes who we can look up to because of their achievements and great values. (CPIO file photo)

Governor Manuel N. Mamba said that “Dangal” awards embody the greatness of a Cagayano, whose perseverance, dedication, service and noble values are his pride to the whole nation and to the whole world.

“We launched the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano Award in 2017 because I felt that we need to inspire our people, especially the younger generation, that there is so much to be proud of about our people and our province. I believe we need to have modern day heroes who we can look up to because of their achievements and great values,” he also said.

Atty. Mabel Villarica-Mamba, the first lady of the province is the proponent of the awards. She said, “a Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano awardee is someone who has performed his responsibilities or has served his fellowmen over and beyond the call of duty. He or she is someone whom we, most especially the youth, can look up to.”

Last year, due to the pandemic, PGC launched a simple Aggao Nac Cagayan celebration. With the strict protocols in place, the founding anniversary was celebrated virtually. The search for Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano was suspended for the meantime.

This year, the PGC launches the 4th Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano search amidst the pandemic. According to Atty. Villarica-Mamba, it is time to relaunch the search to inspire Cagayanos to rise above the challenges of the pandemic.

“The pandemic taught us and is still teaching us a lot of lessons. While we have missed the search for Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano last year, we deem that we should have it this year so we can inspire our fellow Cagayanos to rise above the challenges we are facing and to be involved in what is important and necessary during these uncertain times,” Atty. Villarica-Mamba emphasized.

She also said that the Cagayanos are everywhere. We can be found in all corners of the globe. “We know how it is the have less and we know how it is to be in the middle of a storm, and still survive and rise above it all.”

Meanwhile the Governor said, “what we want people to remember are the excellence, resilience and diligence of our race and the beauty and vibrancy of our province.

Engr. Diosdado P. Banatao (International Businessman and Philanthropist) was among the “Natatanging Cagayano” awardees in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Banatao Scholars' FB Page)

This year, we will again choose the best of the best, the exemplars in their respective areas of expertise and advocacy, the role models for us to emulate.”

The Dangal Lahing Cagayano Search has two awards- Gintong Medalya Award and Natatanging Cagayano Award.

Gintong Medalya Award is given to individuals for their laudable contribution in their respective fields. Meanwhile, the awardees of the Natatanging Cagayano are notably known individuals with exemplary achievements.

During its first year in 2017, various individuals were given the Gintong Medalya Award, exemplifying honor and excellence in various fields including: Jun Epifanio Pagalilauan (Arts), Robert Samoy Sac (Science, Technology and Engineering), Dr. Ronald P. Guzman (Education and Public Service), MGen Paul Talay Atal (Military Service) Leomar Aday (Agriculture and Fisheries), and Miguel B. Decena (Business and Entrepreneurship).

Three (3) prominent individuals were chosen as “Natatanging Cagayano” awardees in 2017. They were Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan; Engr. Danilo D. Tamayo, President and CEO of DDT Konstract, Inc.; and Secretary Arthur Planta Tugade, Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

The awardees for the Gintong Medalya in 2018 were Atty. Ma. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa (Law), Prof. Pedro R. Abraham (Music, Culture and Arts), Dr. Gerly Tong Zulueta (Science and Agriculture), Gina Luna Bermudo (Education), Angel Balisi Encarnacion, DMSC (Fisheries and Agriculture), Arsenio Lumin Dela Pena, (Fisheries and Agriculture), Jimmy Jurado (Music, Culture and Arts), Dean Julius T. Capili, RMT, PhD (Medicine, Science and Technology), and VADM Robert Arugay Empedrad (Government Service).

The “Natatanging Cagayano” awardees for 2018 were Justice Jose C. Mendoza (Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Philippines), Chairman Maria Gracia M. Pulido-Tan (Former COA Chair), Engr. Diosdado P. Banatao (International Businessman and Philanthropist), and President Cecilia Cayosa-Borromeo (DBP President and CEO).

MGen. Ramiro Manuel A. Rey was among the recipients of the Gintong Medalya in 2019 Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano Awards under Peace and Order category. (CPIO file photo)

Meanwhile, the Gintong Medalya awardees for the 2019 Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano were Richard B. Biraquit (Agriculture), Engr. Florencio A. Balagso (Agriculture), MGen. Ramiro Manuel A. Rey (Peace and Order), John Mauro Q. Manuel (Community and Development), Joeffrey M. Calimag, Ph.D. (Higher Education), Justice Perpetua T. Atal-Pano (Law and Women Empowerment), Raymond E. Narag, Ph.D. (Justice System and Penology), and Lerma Elmira M. Bulauitan (Sports).

The Natatanging Cagayano Awardee for 2019 was Justice Raul Paul L. Hernando (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Philippines).

The awardees of the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano in both “Natatanging Cagayano” and “Gintong Medalya Award” were all adjudged and chosen through a rigid screening by an esteemed board of judges.

As PGC launches Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano search, is the call of Atty. Villarica-Mamba for the support and participation of Cagayanos.

“We hope that everyone can help us disseminate the information about the search so that we can reach more people. If they know of people deserving of the award, please nominate. We really hope that we will have more entries so we can show the world how great the Cagayano is.”

Coupled with her call for nominations for the prestigious awards is her message to Cagayanos in this time of uncertainty. “Kaya natin ito, but we have to work together to overcome and survive the pandemic.”
The nominations for Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano 2021 Search is now open. For more information and for your queries, you may call Ms. Ampy Molina-Almazan of the Office of the Governor at mobile number 0905-3472866. (ALM/PIA-2/Mia Baquiran, CPIO)

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