As Bacolod City celebrated its 85th Charter Day, Mayor Albee Benitez led the recognition of four notable Bacolodnons.
Awardees recognized for this year’s Ang Banwahanon Award are: Willy Au, Ian Manuel Lo, Benjamin Lopue, Jr., and Ruby “Token” Lizares.
The 4 awardees exemplify selfless service achievements that served as an inspiration and a model worthy of emulation.
The 4 awardees exemplify selfless service achievements that served as an inspiration and a model worthy of emulation by the residents of the City of Bacolod in particular and the country in general.
Au was given recognition for his immediate response to the various needs of the people in the barangays during the critical period of the COVID-19 pandemic, support for the mobile medical laboratories, and provided additional equipment for the fire prevention and disaster rescue operations in the city.
While Lo was merited for contributing significantly to the public health programs, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, extending livelihood opportunities for indigents, supporting sports activities, and assisting in the fire prevention and disaster relief operations of the City.
Lopue was awarded for his contributions in the training and education of the youth, improvement of public school buildings, providing scholarships to deserving students, support for the police in maintaining peace and order, and other numerous undertakings to improve the social and health conditions of the communities.
Lizares, on the other hand, for her charity concerts for the benefit of the home for the aged, orphanages, children in need of medical attention, breast cancer patients, for humanitarian causes and help extended to charitable institutions in their mission to serve the poor and the people of Bacolod, thus clearly demonstrating a citizen’s selfless service for the welfare of others and their social upliftment.
Ang Banwahanon Award is known as the highest award given to the Bacolodnons whose life or service has had a considerable impact on the people and community in the city.
Moreover, the Ang Banwahanon Award is notable for its considerable impact for services rendered to the residents of the city or the community that have immensely contributed to the economic, cultural, sports, social, moral, or educational development of the city.
The awarding ceremony was the culmination of the city’s 85th Charter Day celebration.
“We reflect on our city’s resilient journey from humble beginnings to remarkable growth.”
“We reflect on our city’s resilient journey from humble beginnings to remarkable growth. With a promising future ahead, Bacolod City will continue to thrive, offering opportunities for prosperity to all Bacolodnons who call it home,” Benitez concluded.