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Filipino Magsaysay Awardees
Since 1958, 26 Filipinos and seven Philippine-based institutions have received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which is widely acknowledged as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize. The Filipino awardees included Hilario Davide Jr., Jose Vasquez Aguilar, Arturo Pineda Alcaraz, Francisca Aquino, Alfredo Bengzon, Jesse Robredo, and Miriam Santiago for government service; Rosario Encarnacion, Silvino Encarnacion, Eva Fidela Maamo, and Pablo Torres Tapia for communist leadership; 

Angel Alcala, Fe del Mundo, Antonio Fortich, Benjamin Gaston, Cecil Guidote-Alvarez, Gilopez Kabayao, Pedro Tamesis Orata and Rosa Rosal for public service; Lino Brocka, Nick Joaquin, F. Sionil Jose, Raul Locsin, Bienvenido Lumbera, and Zacarias Sarian for journalism, literature and creative communication; and Corazon Aquino for peace and international understanding. 

Radio Veritas was awarded for journalism while the Asian Institute of Management, Bayanihan Folk Arts Center, College of Agriculture of University of the Philippines-Los Banos, International Rice Research Institute, Operation Brotherhood+ and Press Foundation of Asia were recognized for peace and international understanding.

Architect of Brunei's Palace
Architect Leandro Locsin designed Istana Nurul Iman, the palace of the sultan of Brunei, which has a floor area of 2.2 million square feet.

Most Decorated Filipino
Carlos P. Romulo was perhaps the only Filipino who received 82 honorary degrees from different universities and international institutions and 74 decorations from foreign countries, including the U.N. Peace Medal, the World Peace Award, the Four Freedoms Peace Award and the US Presidential Medal for Freedom. In 1945, the African former colonies nominated Carlos P. Romulo for the Nobel prize for peace for espousing "independence" for the former colonies of Asia and Africa.

Youngest National Artist
The youngest Filipino to become a national artist was Napoleon Abueva. The famous sculptor received the award in 1976 at the age of 46.

Nobel Prize Awardee
Dr. Frankie Arcellana, a son of national artist Francisco Arcellana, was a member of the governing board of the International Physicians for the Prevention Nuclear War, which won the Nobel peace's prize in 1985.

Woman of the Year in 1986
In 1986, former President Corazon Aquino received various international awards such as the Time Magazine's Woman of the Year, the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, the United Nations Silver Medal and the Canadian International Prize for Freedom. She was cited for setting the example of nonviolent movement for democracy, which later was also tested in Burma, South Africa, Poland and Chile. 

Gold at European Art Contest
In 1880, Juan Luna joined the Madrid Exposition where his painting, "The Death of Cleopatra" won the second prize. This masterpiece is now on exhibit at the Museo Nacional de Pinturas in Madrid. In 1884, Luna's huge painting, "Spolarium", won the first Gold Medal at the Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes, also in Spain. Coincidentally, another Filipino, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo won the second prize in the same event for his painting, "Antigone".

Luna's Spolarium depicts fallen gladiators being dragged to an unseen pile of corpses in a chamber beneath the Roman arena. Considered as the largest painting in the country, it has a height of 4.6 meters and a length of 7.72 meters. It is now on display at the National Museum in Manila.

Other Filipinas Played Kim
With her petite figure and powerful voice, many think that Cezarah Campos Bonner is the perfect version of Kim, the young heroine in the internationally acclaimed musicale, "Miss Saigon". The 27-year-old Cez, who has previously played Kim in the London and Sydney productions of Miss Saigon, shared the role of Kim with Lea Salonga in the Manila staging of the musicale, which run from October 2000 to March 2001. While she admires Lea for her many achievements, Cez says she has developed her own style and would like to be known for it. Her producer, Cameron Mackintosh, believes that Cez is one of the best performers to have played Kim. Since 1989, there are a total of 42 actresses who have assumed the lead role, and among them are Filipinos, Americans, Australians, Japanese, Dutch, and English. Aside from Lea and Cez, the other well-known Filipino "Kims" include Monique Wilson, Jamie Rivera, and Jenine Desiderio. 

Filipino Woman in Motocross
It is hard to believe that Christina del Rosario or simply "Wacky", a 23-year-old beauty, has engaged actively in what can be considered as extreme sports originally meant for men. Her sports list includes motocross, jetskiing, trail riding, boxing, kickboxing, cross-country running, and weight training. And she is all set to dabble in skydiving soon. Wacky, as her friends call her, views life as an adventure. Known on the racetrack as "Pocket Rocket", she has done enough to carve her niche in the male-dominated territory. Among her exploits with her brother was becoming the first Filipino finalist in the 2000 Skat Trak World Jet Ski Finals in Laka Havasu, Arizona. She was ranked 1st and 4th in the two categories she joined at the 1200 Women's Limited in the World Jet Sports in the U.S. Apart from sports, Wacky also has her exploits in business. She manages four companies. She is the general manager of the family-owned Irma Ice Plant group in Navotas; the vice-president of Irma Fishing and Trading Inc.; and the owner of R6 Construction Supplies and Del Rocket Racing.

Unesco's Peace Prize
In 1997, former President Fidel Ramos and ex-Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari received the UNESCO Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize for ending the MNLF armed struggle in September 1996. Ironically, Misuari broke the peace pact with the government in September 2001 and led another armed rebellion. As this was being written, Misuari was held in a police prison camp in Laguna province.

Sarimanok Won Two Golds
ABS-CBN's Sarimanok computer-animated station ID has won two gold awards for excellence at the New York TV and Film Festival. It was developed by Mr. Casino.

Filipino Film at Cannes
Raymond Red's "Anino", a 13-minute film, bested 715 other entries to bag the Palme d'Or for short film at the Cannes Film Festival in the year 2000.

Filipino Film at Berlin
In 1977, Kidlat Tahimik (Eric de Guia) brought home the International Critics Prize from the Berlin Film Festival for his film "Ang Mababangong Bangungot".

Saksi Gets Gold from New York
Saksi, the Filipino news program of GMA 7, won the Gold WorldMedal at the New York TV and Film Festival on January 17, 2003. GMA 7 said the medal was its 17th medal from the festival since 1990. Before this, Saksi won as Asia's Best Newscast in the 2000 Asian TV Awards.

Peabody Award Winner
Jessica Soho, a broadcast journalist at GMA 7, won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for her documentaries on the underground "Kidney-for-Sale" business and death sport "Kamao" in the year 2000. Before this, Soho had won a medal from the New York Film and Television Festival for coverage of a breaking story.

Filipino Song Had Foreign Versions
Freddie Aguilar's "Anak" sold millions of copies around the world and had versions in Japanese, English, French, and German. It is reportedly the most recorded Filipino song worldwide.

Filipino Compositions Won Awards
Ryan Cayabyab's composition "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika" won the grand prize at the Seoul International Song Festival in 1978 while his "Mama" won the grand prize at the Kajistan Song of Asia Festival in 1991. His composition "Paraiso" won the top prize at the Tokyo Pop Music Festival in 1992.

Award Winning Pianist
One of the recordings by Filipino pianist Cecile Licad was awarded as the "Records of the Month" by Time Magazine's Critics Choice in July 1990.

Choir of the World
In 1995, the UST Singers won the "Choir of the World" grand prize and four other first prizes at the 4th Llangallen International Eisteddfod in Wales, UK. The competition was reportedly the world's oldest international choral competition. In 2001, the UST Singers was voted "Best Choir" at World Choral Festival in Puebla, Mexico.

Best Choir in Italy
The UP Singing Ambassadors won the Gran Premio 'Citta d' Arezzo in Italy in August 2001. The Italian competition was said to be the Olympics of choral singing.

Best Dance Troupe
The Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company (IU '65) has bested 21 other dance troupes from around the world to win the Gold Temple Award and the Absolute Gold Award in the 47th International Folk Festival in Sicily "for being the overall best in dance, music and costume." 

Best Selling Author
Veltisezar B. Bautista, a writer and publisher who was born in General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija province, is perhaps the most read Filipino author in the United States. His six non-fiction books won for him two Benjamin Franklin awards and other prestigious awards in the US. Among the titles he wrote and published are "The Book of U.S. Postal Exams: How to Score 95-100% and Get a Job", "How to Build a Successful One-Person Business: A Common-Sense Guide to Starting & Growing a Company", "Improve Your Grades: A Practical Guide to Academic Excellence", and "How to Teach Your Child: Things to Know from Kindergarten through Grade 6." Before he migrated to the US in 1976, Bautista had served as a proofreader, reporter and deskman of the now defunct Manila Chronicle. He also contributed articles to the Free Press.

Award Winning Furniture Designers
In May 2001, a group of Filipino furniture designers known as Movement 8 bested over 600 participants from all over the world to win the Editors' Award in the prestigious 2001 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICCF) in New York. Before this, the group had collected awards from other fairs in Paris, Milan, Germany and Spain. 

International Teacher
In 1958, Concepcion Aguilar was recognized as "International Teacher of the Year".

Champion Organist
In 1974, Filipino organist Socorro de Castro became a champion in the International Electrone Grand Prix, which was held in Tokyo, Japan.

Children's Choir
The Mandaluyong Children's Chorus, composed of 30 students aged 6 to 16 years old, from public schools in the city won a silver medal and a bronze medal in the 2nd World Choir Olympics held in Busan, South Korea where 300 singing groups from 100 nations participated from October 19 to 27, 2002.

Children's Art Champion
In 1988, Cristina Fabian was acknowledged as the supreme gold winner in the International Children's Art competition, which was held in Tokyo, Japan.

Math Champions
Who said that Filipino students have poor Mathematical skills? In the World Youth Mathematics Intercity Competition held in Lucknow, India in May 2002, a team of 16 Filipino students brought home 2 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. The event drew 61 teams from 12 countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland, China and India.

Filipino winners include gold medallists Alvin Edward S. Gillo (Pasay City Chong Hua High School) and Michael Joseph N. Tan of (Zamboanga Chong Hua High School); silver medallists Jed Ericson C. Lee and Johnson Gamboa (Grace Christian High School), Charles Erick T. Co (St. Peter the Apostle School), David Joseph N. Tan, Jimson G. Ngeo, Kendrick C. Saavedra and Elvis T. Chua (Zamboanga Chong Hua High School), David T. So (Saint Stephen High School), Raymond A. Salvador (Jesus is Lord High School), and David Wan (Philippine Cultural High School); and bronze medallists Richmond C. Saavedra (Zamboanga), Jan Henri Ma (Trinity Christian School) and Roland Joseph Robles (Philippine Cultural). The other contestant, Lloyd Neilsen Chiong won a merit award. 

Youngest Accountant
Jose Gangan became a certified public accountant (CPA) at the age of 18.

Award Winning Actor
In 1955, Filipino actor Efren Reyes was adjudged as "Asia's Best Actor" in the Asian Film Festival for his appearance in the film "Ifugao". In 1967, Charito Solis was acknowledged as "Asia's Best Actress" for his portrayal in "Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak".

Nightingale Awardee
In May 1961, the Geneva-based International Committee of Red Cross bestowed the Florence Nightingale Medal and Diploma to Julita Sotejo, a Filipino nurse.

Filipino in Holywood
Rudy Robles appeared in 50 American movies, and was in the lead cast of at least three of these films.

California PIO
Former Filipino sportswriter Percy Della later became the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the California State government.

Award Winning Furniture Designers
In May 2001, a group of Filipino furniture designers known as Movement 8 bested over 600 participants from all over the world to win the Editors' Award in the prestigious 2001 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICCF) in New York. Before this, the group had collected awards from other international fairs in Paris, Milan, Germany and Spain.

International Clothing Brands
Filipino clothing brands Bench, Sari-Sari, Ba-yo, Penshoppe, Plains and Prints have already opened stores in other countries.

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