Lingayen best and most illustrious citizens

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz led the roster of the city’s best and most illustrious citizens who were awarded as outstanding Dagupenos during the city’s 65th charter anniversary last June 20 (Wednesday).

Cruz, who was archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan for nearly two decades till he retired, was chosen to receive the award for his moral value crusade.

Now living in Manila, Cruz is still remembered in the province for founding the Krusada ng Bayan Laban sa Jueteng that launched an endless campaign nationwide against the illegal number game.

The other awardees were Jose F. Datuin, visual arts; James A. Dy, community service (disaster response); Atty. Albino V. Gonzales, community service (humanitarian advocacies); Johnny Guan Kay Lo (posthumous), corporate social responsibility; Felipe C. Siapno, elderly sector leadership and Marcelo L. Vistro, religious lay leadership.

Datuin is a sculptor-painter while Dy is the founder of Dagupan Filipino-Chinese Community Association Incorporated and the PANDA Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Lawyer Gonzales is the past district governor of Rotary International District 3790.

Meanwhile, Lo is the founding president of Guanzon Group of Companies. Siapno is the chairman of the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) and former Vice Mayor of Dagupan City.

Vistro is the Archdiocesan Coordinator of Education Ministry and ONLA Council of the Laity Archdiocesan of Lingayen-Dagupan.

The city also gave due recognition to its top 10 business taxpayers for 2011, namely the Dagupan Electric Corporation, CSI Group of Companies, San Miguel Foods, Inc., San Miguel Integrated Sales; San Miguel Brewery, Inc.; Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation; University of the Pangasinan, Inc. (PHINMA); Magic Group of Companies, Natasha, Avon Cosmetics Inc., and McDonald’s-Dagupan.

A special award was also given to Lim Pan Commercial, University of Pangasinan, Inc. (PHINMA) and Bank of the Philippine Islands.

The top 10 real property taxpayers are the City Supermarket Inc., Borealis Corporation, Kerwin L. Fernandez, Ngo Chiao Lin and his wife Juanita; James A. Dy and his wife Belen; Dagupan Electric Corporation, Mayor Benjamin S. Lim and Manang Celia; Voltaire P. Arzadon and his wife Loreta; B.H.F. Corporation; and Magic World Reality and Development Corporation.

Mayor Benjamin Lim conveyed his gratitude to the different non-government organizations that participated in this year’s celebrations, including the freemasonry and to the organizing committee headed by Honorata G. Siapno and Dr. Alma Ruby C. Torio of the selection committee.

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