EDITORIAL| Datu Bago Award 2017

THE DATU Bago Award was conceptualized in honor of Davao’s hero who struggled against the Spanish colonizers in early 1800 despite the sophistication of the foreign warriors who wanted to claim the island. In 1969 this award was created by then Davao City Mayor Elias B. Lopez to be bestowed on Davaoenos “who have contributed to the development of the City of Davao with exemplary competence and dedication and who best serve as models of excellence and inspiration to the residents of Davao.”

For the past 47 years, there were already 157 awardees, including this year’s Datu Bago awardees, artist Kublai Millan and Amalia Cabusao, this paper’s editor in chief.

Mindanao Times founder Guillermo Torres Sr., was one of the first Datu Bago awardees in 1969, and through the years, there were 13 Timesmen who received the distinction including its president and CEO Guillermo “Willlie P. Torres, the late publisher Josefina San Pedro, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza.

This year’s conferment ceremony was held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel and attended by city government officials, members of the Datu Bago Awards Organization, Inc. and the families of the current and former awardees. This award is a fitting tribute to the people who help shape the city and whose vision will continue to carry the torch of success and public service in the years to come.

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