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Mayor Lascon: Most Outstanding Magaleno awards should inspire the youth

The awardees: Dr. Larry Castro, Samuel Chan, Elmer Cato,Rev. Fr. Dino Albert Pineda and Dr. Neil Tanquilut.

ANGELES CITY – “I  hope our youth will be inspired by the Most Outstanding  Magaleno Awards (MOMA). Someday, it will be their turn to be honored.”

Thus, said Magalang Mayor Maria Lourdes “Malu” Lacson as she led the MOMA ceremony at the Best Western Metro Clark here on May 13.

“I am also surprised that our quiet town has produced such respectable and productive MOMA awardees,” she added during an interview.

Each recipient embodies the spirit of community, embracing the values of diligence, compassion and innovation that define Magalenos. Your commitment to excellence serves as an inspiration,” said Lacson in a statement.

The five awardees are: Oscar M. Balajadia, arts and culture; Samuel O. Chan, business and entrepreneurship; Dr. Neil Tanquilut, education; Dr. Larry Lacson, agriculture and environment; and Elmer Cato, government service.

Consul General Elmer Cato receives the MOMA for governmentservice from Mayor Malu Lacson.

Pampanga First District Rep. Carmelo “Jon” Lazatin was honorary Magaleno, while Rev. Fr. Dino Albert Pineda was named adopted son of Magalang.

Angeles City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin accepted the awardon behalf of his brother, Rep. Carmelo “Jon” Lazatin. With him areMayor Malu Lacson and Councilor Norman Lacson. (Joey Pavia)

Angeles City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin received the award on behalf of his brother, Rep. Lazatin.

Search Committee Head Raissa Bayani delivers her speech.

Municipal treasurer Raissa Bayani, chairperson of the MOMA search committee, echoed the sentiments of Lacon, saying “the youth should aim for excellence and dedication to work like the MOMA awardees.”

Head Secretariat Ryan Miranda

Other who ensured the success of the event were Ryan Miranda, head secretariat, and Councilor Norman Lacson.

Councilor Lacson said “the good thing about the MOMA is that it is now supported by an ordinance.” He added that they are now mandated to search for MOMA awardees every two years. The next search will be in 2026.