ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, June 11 — The Provincial Government of Rizal announces this year’s Anak ng Lahing Bayani (ALAB) ng Rizal awardees namely, former Rizal Governor Lope K. Santos (posthumous), music maestro Amando San Jose (posthumous), Mayor Elionor I. Pillas and artist Nemesio R. Miranda, Jr.
This year, ALAB ng Rizal awardees come from various fields of endeavor– two public servants and a literary expert, a musician and a renowned artist.
Each ALAB ng Rizal awardee has shown outstanding skills, transformational leadership and the burning spirit to succeed in their field of endeavors.
Former Rizal Governor Lope Santos went on to hold various key positions in the government. He was a senator and an assemblyman. As an Assemblyman, he authored Bonifacio Day in honor of the hero who fought for our independence against the Spaniards. He was also a great leader of the common Filipino workforce.
But his real great works come from his pen. A novelist, writer, poet, critique and a lawyer, Lope was recognized as a “Paham ng Wika” and “Haligi ng Panitikang Filipino” because of his great contributions in the development of the Tagalog Language and his various literary works.
Music Maestro Amando San Jose grew up nurtured by music. With no formal education he learned music by ear. Honing his God-given talent, he delved into transcribing, arranging and composing/writing original compositions. Soon enough, he emerged as a well-respected music maestro. Music aficionados from Pampanga, Batangas and Laguna provinces found their way to Cardona in search of Amando San Jose. He was the Band Master of the Tomas Claudio Memorial College and the Rizal Technological and Polytechnic Institute (RTPI). Hundreds of young musicians passed under his tutorship. Noted graduates pursued a career in music; while others pursued different careers as music scholars.
Mayor Elionor Pillas, fondly called Ely is a native of Jalajala and a true pride of this town. He earned his Master in Business Administration’s degree at Ateneo de Manila. He delved into various business enterprises such as fishing, farming, duck raising, vegetable planting and others. The hardship of life and the inherent acumen in business and trade pushed him into business and trading deeper. Love for education and ambition to rise above poverty are his inspiration why he succeeded in life.
Mayor Ely’s inspiration in entering the world of politics is his poor constituents in Jalajala. He believes that he can help a lot using his experience, knowledge and skills in Management and business. With his genuine concern for his fellowmen, he believes that the real purpose in life is serving the people and giving back the God-given blessings of life.
Artist/sculptor Nemesio Miranda, Jr., has his name already etched in the history of his beloved town of Angono. A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting, Nemi, as he is fondly called by family and friends, has contributed immensely to the growth and development of art in his hometown.
He established and managed various art schools and museum that had influenced and honed the skills of many young artists today, these are: Nemiranda Family Art Museum, Angono School for the Arts, The ArtCamp, Nemiranda Arthouse, Atelier Café Restaurant.
Nemiranda has played a key role in the promotion, recognition and preservation of the arts and culture of Angono and the province as a whole. Truly, he is a man of arts.
Previous ALAB ng Rizal awardees include National Artists, Botong Francisco and Lucio San Pedro, tenor Arthur Espiritu, Dr. Gilberto M. Duavit, Prof. Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin, Engr. Bonifacio O. De Lumen and Dr. Milagros R. Niñonuevo.
The ALAB ng Rizal award is set to be conferred during the 112th Araw ng Lalawigan ng Rizal celebrations on June 11, 2013. (Rizal PIO)