Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta
Three University of the Philippines alumni, two educators and one soldier, are among the ten 2021 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. The ten awardees were introduced at a virtual press conference held on August 6.
The two UP alumni who received the 2021 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Teachers are: Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, who graduated from the UP Diliman College of Science and the UP Manila College of Medicine, where she teaches now; and, Dr. Maria Minerva V. Patawaran-Calimag, also a graduate of the UP College of Medicine and currently a professor at the University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine.
Colonel Augusto N. Padua, on the other hand, is one of the recipients of the 2021 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Soldiers. He earned his Master of Management degree from the UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga and is currently Executive Officer, Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Operations, A-3, of the Philippine Air Force.
According to the Metrobank Foundation website, the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos is “a career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors”. The four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers chosen will each be awarded a cash prize of PhP 1 million, a golden medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the conferment ceremonies on September 2 as part of Metrobank’s 59th anniversary celebration.
“As a community held together by hope especially during these turbulent times, may we derive inspiration from the awardees’ example,” Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña is quoted as saying. “The entire nation continues to be at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation is still evolving. During this extended period of unease, we are fortunate to be inspired by the dedication of public servants and front liners who are steadfast in their mission.”