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Nueva Ecija Convention Center, Palayan City
September 2, 2005

During the the commemorative program for the 109th anniversary of "Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija" at the Nueva Ecija Convention Center in Palayan City on September 2, 2005, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presented the Tanging Alay sa Tanging Anak ng Nueva Ecija (TATANG) Awards to eleven Novo Ecijanos who have made significant contributions to their chosen professions and helped uplift and bring prestige to the province.

Among the awardees was the Nueva Ecija Journal publisher/editor, Ramon R. Valmonte, who was cited for his three decades of work as radio broadcaster and  Internet journalist.

The other awardees were Fernando L. Gabuyo, Jr. of San Jose City for agriculture; Dr. Felomino V. Mamuad, Sr. of Licab, science and technology; Dr. Pedro O. San Vicente of Talavera, education; Maria F. Bagasao, social work; Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr. of Cabiao, trade and industry; Chief Supt. Servando M. Hizon of Quezon, police affairs; Sofia S. Linsangan of Guimba, culture and arts; Dr. Felipe A. Estrella, Jr. of Lupao, medicine; Oscar I. Briones of  Cabanatuan City, sports; and Mayor Gloria C. Congco of Cabiao, public service.

Plaques of appreciation were also given to Prof. Jaime M. Quilantang and Dr. Quirino D. dela Cruz of the Nueva Ecija Fruits and underprivileged in the province; and posthumous awards to National Artist Felipe P. de Leon and Judge Lauro Sandoval.
















Photos by Michael Dennis V. Valentos, Tina Miranda and Jun Torres