Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana (centre, sitting) with the awardees.


Four Filipino expats given heroes’ award in UAE, nurses get tribute


DUBAI – Four Filipinos in the UAE were honoured by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi with a hero’s award for being “role models in civic responsibility”.

The Sentro Rizal Abu Dhabi Awards were given by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana on Saturday (June 19), the 160th birthday anniversary of Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal.

Quintana said the awardees “exemplified the national hero’s ideals by selflessly contributing their knowledge, talent and skills for national interest, as the hero did”.

The awardees were Lucille Ong, Jamael Panda, John Paul Faderogao and Aileen Alba.

Ong was hailed for her contributions in ensuring that the Philippine Pavilion in Expo Dubai 2020 would showcase the best of the Philippines, while Panda was awarded for “taking the initiative to contribute towards the further strengthening of Philippine relations with the UAE”.

Visual artist, John Paul Faderogao, who lent his talent to create the mural at Filipino Club Ras Al Khaimah, was hailed for this contribution towards “building a strong Filipino community spirit”.

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Filipino expatriate, Aileen Alba, was also awarded for showing civic responsibility when she took “appropriate citizen action” in combating online misinformation during the pandemic.

The Philippine Nurses Association in the UAE was also given tribute by the Philippine Embassy and the Order of the Knights of Rizal – Emarat Abu Dhabi Chapter for their valiant efforts in the frontlines in the fight against Covid-19. ICA/Expat Media

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