3rd Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan – award for environmental causes

Bureau of Soil and Water Management , Visayas Avenue corner Elliptical Circle, Quezon City-Philippines

Most Reverend¬† Deogracias S. I√ĎIGUEZ, JR., D.D¬† ( Bishop of Caloocan ) and Commissioner Romeo Hidalgo¬†

¬†Bishop Deogracias S. I√ĎIGUEZ is an active partner of the Eco-waste Coalition and member of the defunct Kilusang Makabansang Ekonomiya.

The Center for Environmental Concerns‚ÄďPhilippines (CEC-Phils) is a non-government organization founded through the initiatives of organizations representing fisher folk, farmers, indigenous peoples, women, urban poor, and professional sectors.

Sinag Bayan performer

This year’s awarding ceremony was in cooperation and partnership with AGHAM party-list, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ECO Waste Coalition , Panalipdan Mindanao , Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center ( FIDEC) .

Mr. John Arcilla

Mr. John Arcilla is a stage actor, celebrity and environmentalist hosted the biennial awarding ceremonies .

small photo exhibit pays tribute to awardees

Currently, the Center is a service institution based in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Its area of operation and networking covers the entire Philippines and different ecological contexts.

distinguished vips, guests and organizers

The 2013 Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan awards committee was led by Most Reverend Bishop Deogracias I√ĎIGUEZ, Bienvenido Lumbera , Atty. Howard M. Calleja , Carol P. Araullo , MD, Dr. Teresita R. Perez and Sr. Ma. Carmen Dianne Cabasagan , RGS

Mr. Jovan Marquez – UNTV channel 37 director received the award in behalf of Mr. Daniel Razon ( individual category)

The Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan (GBK) is an awards event and lecture series honoring Filipino heroes and heroines who have defended the environment and people’s rights. The 1st Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan ( GBK ) award was given in 2009, then 2011.

The Philippines is endowed with rich natural resources that can support the country’s national development and ensure that the Filipino people can live in peace and prosperity. For the past century, however, our environment has gone through severe destruction and depletion. The degradation of our ecosystems has proceeded alongside poverty and the dislocation of communities from their lands and livelihoods.

There are 3 main categories Natatanging Gawad ( Most Distinguished Award)¬† – This is awarded to either individual or organization that has his/her /their being an inspiration and example to the Filipino people for offering time and talents for the defense of the environment and advancement of the people’s welfare.

Mr. Rodne R. Galicha from Sibuyan island , Romblon province

Mr. Rodne R. Galicha is a dedicated and vigilant guardian of the environment . He hails from the island of Sibuyan . Mr. Rodne studied Philosophy and Classical Arts before teaching philosophy  , environmental ethics, sociology, history , and literature at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Seminary and Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros.

Governor Eduardo ” Lolong ”¬† Firmalo of Romblon and Mr. Rodne R. Galicha

group picture

Gawad sa Indibidwal ( Awards for Individuals)- This is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability and effort to uphold the environment and people’s welfare in form of advocacy, campaigns, education, research , technology, development, community services , mass media or cultural works.

Ms. Bianca Dava and Mr. Jovan Marquez  of UNTV channel 37 received the award in behalf of Mr. Daniel Razon

Gawad sa Organisasyon ( Award for the Organizations) This is awarded to people’s and community organizations and institutions that have demonstrated organizational strength or unity in upholding the welfare of the people and of the environment by exemplary actions¬† and advocacy , campaigns, education, research, technology,¬† development , community services , mass media¬† or cultural works.

After the presentation and a short ceremony , a sumptuous snacks and evening meal  were served to all the guests and invited awardees  .

List of 2013 Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan Nominees

Mr. Noli Abinales

Mr. Conrado Esemple

Mr. Nilo ” Sonny” Estrella

Bro. Martin Francisco

Mr. Rodne Galicha

Mr. Romeo Hidalgo

Atty. Antonio Manangan

Mr. Armin Marin

Mr. Angel Padron

Fr. Joel Taora, SJ

Mr. Edgar Taladhay

Mr. Perfecto ” Ka Pecs” Ruiz Vicente

Organizational Category

Cebu Institute of Technology- University Industrial Engineering Council

Kababaihang Nagtataglay ng Bihirang Lakas

Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization

Magsasaka at Siyemtipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura

Solid Waste Management Office- San Carlos City

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Frances Quimpo – Executive Director ( Center for Environmental Concerns -Philippines for the invitation . Maraming salamat !

Websites :

Center for Environmental Concerns : http://cecphils.org/

Department of Natural and Natural Resources: http://www.denr.gov.ph/

Department of Agriculture: http://www.da.gov.ph/

UNTV channel 37: http://www.untvweb.com/

Gat Andres Bonifacio 150th birth anniversary stamp and coin launching

Monumento Caloocan City- Philippines

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III together with Hon. Ceasar Sarino of the Philippine Postal Corporation during the presentation of the 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp issued by the post office.

(Photo courtesy of¬† Robert Vi√Īas / Malaca√Īang Photo Bureau)

I arrived shortly after 6:30 am near the Monumento Circle,¬† EDSA avenue and some streets were closed by MMDA and the traffic bureau . There were a lot of police men, army , presidential security guards , local city government officials from Caloocan, local schools , descendants of¬† Gat Andres Bonifacio , foreign dignitaries , National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and passers-by.¬† This year’s theme : ‚ÄúBonifacio: Dangal at Kabayanihan.‚ÄĚ

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a Bonifacio Commemorative Coin from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr., during the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio at the Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City on Saturday (November 30, 2013). In photo is Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan. (Photo by Robert Vi√Īas / Malaca√Īang Photo Bureau).

President Benigno S. Aquino III  short speech

(Photo¬† courtesy of Ryan Lim / Malaca√Īang Photo Bureau).

Mr. Wildredo Bas ( center) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and technical staffs

I saw some NHCP employees and technical staffs and they gladly obliged to take a group photo despite of their hectic work load.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel and Professor Xiao Chua of PTV channel 4

I was able to meet Professor Xiao Chua and Ms. Kathy San Gabriel of PTV channel 4 . After a short chat with them – I showed some of the 150th commemorative Andres Bonifacio stamps which they aired LIVE.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel holding the commemorative 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp during the LIVE telecast

Hon. Amado Tetangco ( Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor) Hon. Cesar Sarino ( Philippine Postal Corporation president)

Atty. Gregorio Bonifacio together with NHCP chairperson  Dr. Maria Serena Diokno  presentation of the 150th birth anniversary Andres Bonifacio commemorative stamps

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office РManuel  Quezon III  ( undersecretary )  , NHCP chairperson Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, Atty Gregorio Bonifacio ( descendant )  and Mr. Dante Distrito ( descendant )

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio together with Undersecretary Mr. Manuel L. Quezon III , Dr. Maria Serena Diokno , NHCP Executive Director Mr.  Ludovico Badoy

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio

I had the opportunity to meet some of  Gat Andres Bonifacio descendants from Procopio Bonifacio ( brother ) they are very active with the 150th anniversary preparations in Novaliches . Novaliches is one of the most important stronghold for the Katipunan movement and a lot of prominent old- families like Kabesang Serrano are members of the Katipunan.

Mr. Edardo Bonifacio together with Heroes del 96 Community members

Note: Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio coin are available for SALE at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas while the Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio stamp are available for SALE at the Philatelic Division – Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita , Manila

 STAMP Technical Description

Kind of Issue                              : Commemorative

Perforation                             : 14

Denomination and Quantity ¬†¬†¬† : P10.00 ……..150,000 (4 designs)

Printing Process¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Litho ‚Äď Offset (4 colors)

Souvenir Sheet                          : P150.00 ……8,000 pieces ( quantity)

Paper                                      : Imported Unwatermarked

Date of Issue                              : November  30, 2013

Printer                                     : Amstar Company, Inc.

Last day of sale                         : November  30, 2014 (as stock allows)

Layout Artist                           : Mr. Victorino  Z. Serevo

Sheet Composition                                   : 12 (3 x 4)

Size of stamp                             : 30 mm. x 40 mm.

Size of Souvenir Sheet              : 102.5 mm. x 68 mm.

Designs                                     :

Stamp 1 ‚Äď ¬†¬†Roderick C. Macutay, Pasig City, winner, Open Category

Stamp 2¬† ‚Äst¬† Julius R. Satparam, Legazpi City, Albay, winner, Open Category

Stamp 3 ¬†‚Äď ¬†John Mark Nathaniel Troncales, TUP, winner, Student Category

Stamp 4  Р  Marrion Dabalos, FEU, winner, Student Category

Note” I would sincerely ” THANK ” NHCP¬† people for their accommodation during the event.

Website links:

Philippine Postal Corporation: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas :http://www.bsp.gov.ph/

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