Friday, June 19, 2009

12 outstanding Filipinos honored in Qatar

GMANews.TV - Thursday, June 18

MANILA, Philippines - Office secretary Edward Tan found 30,000 Qatari riyals or almost P400,000 at a parking lot in Doha, Qatar and decided to return the money to the authorities.

His honest gesture was not left unnoticed. The Philippine Independence Organizing Committee honored Tan and 11 other Filipinos during the opening ceremony of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations at the Hyatt Plaza in Doha last June 12.

“It never came to my mind to keep the cash to myself. My conscience compelled me to return the amount to the right person. I never really wanted to publicize this story but my company…thought that the public should know about it," Tan told the Qatar Tribune.

Tan is the executive secretary of the human resources manager of Oryx GTL. He has been living in Qatar for almost 19 years now. Aside from Tan, the Peninsula Qatar reported that eight Filipina nurses from Rumaillah Hospital’s Male Plastic Surgery Ward were also honored for their efforts in saving a Filipino truck driver from amputation.

Had it not been for the eight nurses — Jewel Pinili, the head nurse, Marie Vera Donasco, Mary Ann Torres, Kirk Sabularse, Shiela de la Joya, Divina de los Reyes, Neverlyn Jaji, and Albert Tabunda — the Filipino patient, Gilvencio Lamor, would have lost one of his legs.

In addition, singer and concert organizer Judi Azur Estrada was cited for her contribution in the field of art. She performs free in events organized for humanitarian causes.

Arabian Quest International General Manager Luchie Acerden Garcia, who owns a chain of restaurants in Qatar, was recognized for excelling in business.

Filipino chess player Agustin Tabol, currently the highest rated Filipino chess player in Qatar, was honored for his contribution in sports. He is the founder of the Filipino Chess Players’ League in Qatar. - Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV

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