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Ginebra Ako Awards salutes COVID-19 heroes

GINEBRA San Miguel Inc. (GSMI) recently held the “Ginebra Ako Awards Year 3: Pagkakaisa sa Gitna ng Pandemya” in a virtual awarding ceremony streamed via Ginebra San Miguel’s official Facebook page.

GSMI continued with its annual “Ginebra Ako Awards,” despite the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing the need for individuals and organizations to be recognized especially at this time when Filipinos look up to real-life heroes for encouragement and inspiration.

Since 2018, the Ginebra Ako Awards have been honoring the hero in every Filipino, and for this year, the award-giving body salutes the COVID-19 heroes in three categories: “Pilipino Ako Award,” individual or organization that emphasized the value of unity in advancing their causes; “Matapang Ako Award,” person or group who went beyond their call of duty in uniting their fellowmen for a common purpose; and “Lalaban Ako Award,” person or institution that used their talent and exemplified excellence in their craft to help those in need.

The awardees recognized for their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic are Martin Xavier Peñaflor, Chief executive officer of Tangere for Pilipino Ako Award; Minnie Pascual Klepacz, a nurse based in the United Kingdom and one of the proponents of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network and the Filipino Nurses Association United Kingdom (FNA-UK) for Matapang Ako Award; and the Emergency Quarantine Facility project led by Dr. Glenn Angeles and Architect William Ti for Lalaban Ako Award.

For this year, commendations were also given to the runners-up from each award category: Sr. Corrie Evidente, administrator of Hospicio de San Jose (1st runner-up), and Ma. Cristina C. Evangelista, founder and project head of Rapid Deployment Hospitals (2nd runner-up) for Pilipino Ako Award; Zion Enrico Roque Licup, Co-founder of iUplift Philippines (1st runner-up) and Coleen Danielle Natividad, Founder of Food For Frontliners PH (2nd runner-up); for Matapang Ako Award; and Anthony James Bautista, Ph. D of LISA Logistic Indoor Service Assistant Robot (1st runner-up) and Dr. Francis Aldrin Uy of USHER Technologies (2nd runner-up) for Lalaban Ako Award.

Awardees per category each received ₱100,000, a certificate, and a trophy, while the runners-up per category received ₱25,000 and a certificate.