Int’l Ilocano athletes to lead Sirib Youth Awards 2016

ASEAN Chess Champion Mhage Sebastian and SEA Games Decathlon Silver Medalist Jesson Cid will lead the outstanding Ilocano youth awardees in the upcoming third Sirib Youth Awards on February 13, 2016.

Organized by the Ilocos Norte Youth Office (INYO), the event will be held at the Imelda Cultural Center, Batac City and is part of Ilocos Norte’s 198th Foundation Anniversary.

INYO Officer-in-charge June Arvin Gudoy said “the Sirib Youth Awards aims to recognize young Ilocanos who brought prestige to the province through their participation in various national and international competitions.”

Sebastian and Cid, together with International Regatta novice category second placer Kyle Lavarias, will receive the Teofilo Yldefonso Award for demonstrating excellence in the field of sports.

Teofilo Yldefonso, known as the ‘Ilocano Shark,’ is considered as the greatest swimmer of the Philippines and is the first and only Filipino Olympic multiple medalist.

Other awards are named after the great Ilocano heroes including Anastacia Giron Tupas, a native of Laoag City who is the Mother of Philippine Nursing; Juan Luna, a native of Badoc who is the first global Filipino painter; and Josefa Llanes Escoda, a native of Dingras who founded the Girls Scout of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, international group awardees will be honored including the Coro San Nicoleño for winning the fourth Vietnam International Choir Competition in the male choir category.

Special awards will also be given to board exam topnotchers including Danah Mae Arzadon (Top 6 of Nursing Licensure Exam on November 2015), Ashley Jessumine Pajas (Top 10 of Registered Master Electrician Licensure Exam on September 2015) and Lucky Meljay Mercado (Top 8 of Architect Licensure Exam on June 2015).

Over 100 youth will receive cash incentives, certificates of recognition, medals and trophies from the provincial government. Coaches and advisers of winning participants will also be given recognition.

Keen in upholding Ilocano greatness among the youth, Governor Imee Marcos believes that the Sirib Youth Awards will motivate and inspire more Ilocano youth to harness their potentials towards the province’s fast-track development and transformation.

She said that as Ilocos Norte gears up for its bicentennial anniversary on 2018, it is important to highlight the involvement of the Ilocano youth in achieving sustainable development.

“This is for the Ilocano youth because they are the ones who really have the potential to lead and bring back the greatness of our province,” said Gov. Marcos during her speech at the launching of Ilocos Norte’s bicentennial movement on 2012.—Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO