Some of the country’s outstanding achievers are featured in a coffee table book, “Outstanding Filipino Achievers,” by Visitacion “Chit” R. de la Torre.
At a book launch hosted by the city government of Taguig led by Mayor Freddie Tinga, these Filipino men and women excelling in different fields were honored. They include, among others, pioneering photographer Dominador Cruz; eminent doctor-researcher and pioneer exponent of the benefits of virgin coconut oil, the late Dr. Conrado Dayrit; medical director Dr. Joven Cuanang; brilliant entrepreneurs such as Jose Rizalino Acuzar, lawyer Larry Valdez, Jun Manas, Steve Tamayo and Tony Tan Caktiong; passionate cultural workers such as Danny Dolor, Nestor Jardin, Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., NGO founders Cecille Oebanda, Maria Angela Villalba and Antonio Meloto; three former Presidents of the Philippines; academicians Dr. Lydia Echauz, Peter Laurel, Dr. Mina Ramirez and Corazon de Ungria; corporate titans Manny Pangilinan, Oscar M. Lopez, Socorro Ramos, Carlos Ejercito, the Zobel de Ayalas and Henry Sy Sr.; dedicated professionals, such as Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Poch Macaranas, Antonio Abacan, Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo, lawyer Felipe Gozon, Virma Vergel de Dios; exceptional visual artists such as Remy Boquiren, Impy Pilapil, Malang, Fil de la cruz, Roland Ventura; top-notch designers such as Kenneth Cobonpue and Narda Capuyan; corporate executives such as Menchu Esteban, Elvira Yap Go; sports heroes Efren “Bata” Reyes, Paeng Nepomuceno, Manny Pacquiao; noted architects Jun Palafox and Nestor Mangio; farmer-community organizer, Charlie Capricho; corn farmer Edwin Paraluman; first-rate businessmen like George Yang, Amado “Lito” Tadena; government officials like Patricia Sto. Tomas, Amando Tetangco, Koni de Guzman, lawyer Sonny Matula, Governor Grace Padaca, Mayor Sonny Belmonte, Associate Justice Arturo Brion and many more, have their own interesting, inspiring stories revealed.
Outstanding Filipino Achievers is available at the Makati office of author Chit de la Torre (815-4938; 815-6925; e-mail email@example.com) and soon, at some Metro Manila bookstores.
From PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER