LAOAG CITY – Ilocano youth who bagged national or international awards in their respective field of skills and talents were recognized by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte through the first ever Sirib Youth Awards held February 2 in front of the provincial capitol here.
Jesson Ramil Cid, gold medalist in decathlon in last year’s South East Asian Games in Myanmar, led the 53 awardees who received the Teofilo Yldefonso Outstanding Ilocano Youth Award from Gov. Imee Marcos.
Ignatius Vicente Pinera of Laoag Elementary School, Mariano Marcos State University who won first place in the 7th World Taekwondo Culture Expo, Poomsae category in South Korea and Roger Tapia, a one-armed athlete who placed third in a running event in the 7th ASEAN Paralympics also received the same award.
Top ranking passers of the Nursing Licensure Exam led by Dharline Abbygale G. Agullana of the Mariano Marcos State University (Top 4 in 2014) and Rhojoesa A. Bingayen of the Northern Christian College (Top 6 in 2013) received the Anastacia Giron Tupas Outstanding Ilocano Youth Award.
The acclaimed Samiweng Singers were also recognized for bagging the awards for best sound and most creative group in the John August Pamintuan International Choir Festival last 2013.
Medals and certificates were given to Zeus Gean Paul Miguel, Christian Jade Guillen and Ritzmann Salvador who comprised the Mariano Marcos State University’s team that placed first in the International Congress on e-Learning.
“…Today, the birthday of Ilocos Norte, we also look forward to the next generation, the youth—the only energy and pride that we will have for the next generations. Looking forward with vision, with courage and with all the enthusiasm for the youth for the next 200 years,” Marcos said.
The Sirib Youth Awards was held in line with the province’s celebration of its founding anniversary and bicentennial movement towards 2018.—(With report from Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)