TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – MECO Chairman and Resident Representative Angelito T. Banayo conferred plaques of recognition to four Filipinos working in Taiwan during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paskong Pinoy held in the Taipei Flower Expo Park last December 9, 2018.
The four awardees are Filipinos who were recognized by the government and non-governmental organizations because of their achievements while working in Taiwan. Three of them were awarded by the 2018 Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants (TLAM) last October 2018 for their submission of fictional short stories which mirror the present social realities and lived experiences of Filipino workers around the world. They are Louie Jean Decena (Ang Mahiwagang Kahon Ni Itay), Melinda Babaran (Latay sa Laman) and Cecilia Armia Alcaraz (Nabigong mga Pangarap at Pader sa Paligid).
On the other hand, Dr. Juliet Montano, a Filipino doctor working in Ban Ying Hospital in Banqiao, New Taipei City, was also given a token of recognition since she was recently awarded by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the Banaag Awardees of the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO) last December 5, 2018. She qualified for the Banaag Award because of her medical services and platforms to promote health literacy among Filipinos working in Taiwan.
Referring to the four awardees as models to emulate, Chairman Banayo requested to Filipinos attending the event to reinforce perseverance to their respective occupations and become good examples of being “adopted” residents in Taiwan.