MAGALANG, Pampanga – This first-class municipality celebrated its 417th founding anniversary by honoring its outstanding citizens.
The eight recipients of the Most Outstanding Magaleño Awards 2022 (MOMA) were feted during a program in front of the town hall over the weekend.
The MOMA winners and the respective category are: Mary Grace B. Gatan, agriculture and environment; Joselito V. Samson, government service; Jose Eduardo DL. Duya, health service; Armando M. Ramos, culture and the arts; Filomena K. Reyes, science and technology; Joel M. Cunanan, religion; Anita G. David, education; and Tomas B. Lopez Jr., posthumous.
Raissa L. Bayani, chairperson of the MOMA, said the deliberations were long because the committee made sure the winners were deserving.
“More than anything else, he or she (winners) should be a Magaleño with a heart ready to help and share the talents they have,” said Bayani, who is also the municipal treasurer of Magalang.
EnP Ryan M. Miranda, head secretariat of the MOMA, said “its high-time the MOMA winners were honored.” He added that the MOMA was last held in 2009.
Miranda said the MOMA was the lone event for the founding anniversary.
“The MOMA is a search specifically done to showcase impactful professional excellence that caused the improvement of the lives of others. Inspired by Magalang’s core values: Courage, Patriotism and Courtesy, the MOMA carefully selected much deserving winners who shall set the standards of what makes a Magaleño,” said Miranda in a statement.
There were 19 nominees for the eight categories, he added.