FEATURE: DWCLCAAH awards 9 Ilocano achievers

HAWAII – Nine Ilocano achievers were recognized by their colleagues during an alumni reunion held here recently.

The Divine Word College of Laoag City Alumni Association of Hawaii (DWCLCAAH) gave the Achievers of the Year Award to Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, Byrne Munoz, Dr. Evelyn L. Pascua, Esther B. Pascual, Domingo Pascual, Jesse P. Pascual, Thom V. Pascual, Ernesto Pasion, and Amado I. Yoro during the 1st International Grand Reunion held at the Hilton Hawaii Village on May 2, 2009.

Agcaoili was recognized for his contribution in arts, culture and literature; Munoz in media broadcasting/communication; Pascua in education; Domingo Pascual in real estate/investment/mortgage; Jesse P. Pascual in community service/voluntarism/humanitarian causes; Thom V. Pascual in entreprenuership/business management; Pasion in government/politics; and Yoro in leadership development.

1. Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili

A multi-awarded writer in Ilokano, Tagalog, and English, Agcaoili currently coordinates the Ilokano Language and Literature Program of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

He was awarded the Progress Awards for Education by the United Filipino Council of Hawai’i (UFCH) in 2007. This year, he received the Pedro Bukaneg Award from the GUMIL Filipinas in recognition of his exemplary achievement in literature and creative writing.

Other awards and grants: President’s Award for Excellence in Creative Writing; Republic of the Philippines’ Centennial Literary Prize for the Novel; several Carlos Palanca literary awards;the Rizal Awards in California-USA; the Collantes Prize for the Tagalog Essay; and the Commission on the Filipino Language for Tagalog essay, Ilokano poetry and fiction; the Centennial Prize for the novel in Filipino for his novel Dangadang; a number of prizes awarded by the GUMIL; the Belmonte grant for the novel, the Cultural Center of the Philippines poetry grant, and the International Library of Poetry.

A university scholar at the University of the Philippines, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to complete his doctoral studies. He holds five degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy, Master of Arts in Philosophy, Master in Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Among other works, he hosts and produces his television program, Talkback with Dr Agcaoili and is editor in chief of the Fil-Am Observer.

2. Byrne Munoz

He migrated to Hawaii in June 1970 and enrolled at Cannon’s International Business College where he finished Airline Career Course and Hotel front Office Management.

He finished acting at Anna Fishburn Casting School, got roles in several tv shows such as Magnum P.I., Unsolved Mysteries, Death Act Obsession, Tumba La Kama and episodes with PDEA in the Philippines under directors Tony Bernal and Noli Salvador.

He started hosting with Filipino Fiesta, KHON TV-2 1977 and then hosted his own show KIKU Channel 13 called “Seeing Stars with Byrne” together with Flor Martinez. After putting up concerts in Honolulu, Kauai and Maui, in 1988, he co-promoted boxing with Elorde International Promotions where he was given a break as a ring announcer. In 1990, he was co-host and marketing director of the TV Show “Perlas USA – KBFD Channel 32 with Larry Ordonez, Flor Martinez, Ernie Bautista and Wilson Pascua.

He served as 2nd vice president of Oahu Filipino Community Council in 1980; president of Dingrenios of Hawaii in 1990 and later director. Board of Director, Education Foundation of Hawaii in 1991.

He started as a broadcaster in KISA Radio in 1977, then moved to KNDI.

He graduated at Columbia School of Broadcasting in 1988 and became co-owner in 2002. He taught broadcasting in CSB since 2005.

At present, he is the president of Munoz Regal Corporation.

3. Dr. Evelyn L. Pascua

She graduated as a cum laude in BSE, major in Mathematics, minor in General Science at the Divine Word College of Laoag in 1972.

An active member of numerous national organizations and government agencies and an active fund raiser for different universities in the region, she was regional director of CHED RO I , November 2002 – present, with the rank of Career Executive Officer (CEO) III; Regional Director, CHED RO VI (Ilo-ilo City), 2001 – Nov. 2002; Regional Director, CHED RO XIII (CARAGA), 2000-2001; OIC Regional Director, CHED RO II (Cagayan Valley), 1996 – 1997; Chief, CHED RO II, 1995-2000; Education Supervisor II, DECS RO II, 1991-1994; Vice President, Northern Christian College, Laoag City, 1990-1991; and Assistant Superintendent, Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, 1989-1990.

She was also a member of the CHED delegation to London in October 2005 to visit higher education institutions to bench mark quality assurance system.

(To be continued)