Dr. Mario P. Obrero, Vice President for Student and External Affairs and Dr. Ocarna B. Figuerres, Director, PASUC Zonal Evaluation, received the Father Jose Burgos Awards for Illustrious Sons and Daughters of Ilocos Sur during the ceremony dubbed as “Pammadayaw ken Panangbigbig kadagiti Annak ti Ilocos Sur” on February 1, 2015 at Quirino Stadium, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

      Dr. Obrero and Dr. Figuerres were awarded to recognize their outstanding achieve-ments in the fields of education and research. They were conferred the awards by Governor Ryan Luis Singson, Vice Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano and Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur Officials, and Ilocos Sur 1st District Congressman Ronald Singson. The award is given annually to recognize Ilocos Surians who excel in various fields of endeavor and share their honor to the province.

      Other achievement awardees were Ms. Rowena Renon-Adalla, Education; Mr. Leonardo Aguinaldo, Artist; Mr. Danilo Bautista, Iloco Literature; Dr. Samson, Sol Flores, Dentistry and Philiosophy; Dr. Florencio F. Padernal, Public Service; Dr. Abercio Rotor, Scientist, Jour-nalist and Agriculturist; and Justice Mansueto Villon, Foreign Service.

      The Special Awardees were: Engr. Alberto Balbalan and family, Model OFW Family; Amelita Daproza, Agricul-ture; Lovely Ann Joy Lazo and Samantha Gloria Singson, Academics.
      The awarding ceremony was part of the celebration of the 197th anniversary of Ilocos Sur as a province during the Kannawidan Ylocos Festival.