Search is on for the 2017 Outstanding Valenzuelanos

  • April 21, 2017

VALENZUELA, April 21 (PIA)—The search is on for the 2017 outstanding Valenzuelanos who have exhibited excellence in their respective fields and have contributed significantly in community development.

The 12 categories of “Gawad Pio Valenzuela” include: (1) Government Service, (2) Community Service, (3) Education, (4) Science and Technology, (5) Profession, (6) Family of the Year  Award, (7) Youth Award, (8) Sports, (9) Journalism and Literature, (10) Business/Entrepreneurship, (11) Visual & Performing Arts, and (12) Special Awards (for pursuing special advocacies).

Dr. Pio Valenzuela was one of the Kataas-taasang Tatlo (Triumvirate) of the Katipunan, along with Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto.  Dr. Pio was also the brain beyond the founding the society’s organ “ Kalayaan” which is said to have boosted the membership of the secret society from merely 300 to more than 30,000.

The Search started in 1996 by virtue of an executive order creating the Dr. Pio A. Valenzuela Memorial Awards Committee. In 2005, the awarding ceremony was officially named as Gawad Dr. Pio Valenzuela and its set of categories was also improved.

Chosen awardees this 2017 shall be given the official Gawad Dr. Pio Valenzuela trophy, a masterpiece sculpted by multi-awarded artist Roen Capule of Paombong, Bulacan.

The following are the basic criteria for nomination are: must have been born and raised in Valenzuela for at least ten (10) years; not in any way related in the 4th degree consanguinity or affinity with the committee members; must have consistency of achievement with the ideals of Dr. Pio Valenzuela (socio-civic involvement, etc.); nominee has not been charged nor convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude; nominee must be of good moral character and worthy of emulation; and nominee must express acceptance of nomination.

 For government service, criteria are following: experience and training in government; community, socio-cultural or religious involvement; academic preparation, research, or scholarly works; and excellence in other fields of endeavor.

Community service nominees must have the following criteria: community, socio-cultural or religious involvement; academic preparation, experience or training; professional practice, research or scholarly works; and excellence in other fields of endeavor.

In the field of education, the nominees must have a model of life-long career commitment to education (significant contributions); outstanding and sustained record of leadership;  individual or group testimonials that provide specific examples why the nominee should be considered for the award; statement of nominee’s educational philosophy (maximum of 3 pages);list of awards, internal and external, and other recognition received for excellence; community services and other areas of service; service honors, awards or recognition received; and service to professional organizations

Science and Technology nominees must have the following basic criteria: accomplishment in the particular field that has made a significant impact in uplifting the conditions of the community/city/field of expertise/country; local/national/international recognition of achievement; sustainability of achievement that will benefit generations to come; and nominee was able to break new grounds in the specific field.

The basic criteria for nominees in specific profession are the following: accomplishment in the particular profession that has made a significant impact in uplifting the conditions of the community/country/field of expertise; local/national/international recognition of achievement; sustainability of achievement that will benefit generations to come; and  nominee was able to break new grounds in the specific field

For the Family of The Year Award, the basic criteria are the following: living family members (parents and children or grandchildren); all family members must be accomplished in their own field/profession; and the family should be endorsed by the barangay, church, or organization where they belong.

For the Youth Award, the nominees must have the following criteria: has rendered outstanding contribution or services to Valenzuela’s youth sector; and has achieved distinction in various fields.

For the Outstanding Citizen in the field of Sport, the nominee must possess the following criteria: achievement in particular field such as coach, players, trainers; accomplishment in local or international competition; and must be active in the promotion of sports in the City of Valenzuela.

For the Journalism and Literature Award, the nominees must have the following criteria: must have maintained a reputation of credibility and integrity in bringing news and information to the public; local and international awards and recognition; and the nominee must have demonstrated capacity to shape public opinion.

For Business/Entrepreneurship Award, the nominees must have the following qualities:excellence and integrity in their field of endeavor; outstanding leadership including moral rectitude, innovative and pioneering spirit; exceptional personal achievement in the context of fulfilling the organizational mission and goals in his/her business endeavor; ability to inspire and act as a role model; and outstanding contribution/service to the community and/or the nation is a plus factor.

For Visual and Performing Arts, the criteria are the following: local and international awards and recognition; outstanding personal achievements whose works have consistently inspired the artistic sense of all; and artistic works have contributed immensely to the nation or community.

Special awards are also given to individuals with outstanding achievements or special advocacies not covered by the given categories (e.g. Environment, Population, etc.)

Official nomination form can be downloaded at the official website of Vaenzuela City Government,

Deadline for nomination is on April 30, 2017.  Nomination form and supporting documents can be submitted to the City Museum, Ground Floor, Valenzuela City Hall, Valenzuela City, or through email at For inquiries, contact the Gawad Dr. Pio Valenzuela Secretariat at Telephone number 3521000 local 2111. (PIO Valenzuela/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)




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