THE UCCP UNSUNG HEROES
The Unsung Heroes Award is the highest award given by the UCCP General Assembly to church members who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of church ministries, and thereby serving as models of inspiration in pursuing Christ’s mission and ministry.
UNSUNG HEROES AWARD IN PUBLIC SERVICE to DR. EDWIN T. BALAKI
for his consistent pursuit of excellence as student, educator, researcher, scientist, and administrator which earned him honor, awards and recognition from government, civic organizations, and educational institutions; for his inventions and innovations in the field of agriculture and technology, which helped improve the lives of farmers in many communities; for his outstanding leadership as President of Southern Christian College and bringing it recognition as the biggest academic institution, in terms of population, in Midsayap; and for his stewardship of the environment and management of material resources, which brought Southern Christian College to a high level of self-reliance and sustainability.
UNSUNG HEROES AWARD IN TEACHING MINISTRY to DR. PRESENTACION BARTOLO
for the passion and commitment with which she carried out her task as a CEO of a church educational institution; for her visionary leadership which helped transform Kalinga Christian Learning Center into Saint Tonis College and what it is today; for her pursuit of excellence that manifests in the academic achievement of students and the recognition accorded its graduates; for her efforts in the area of rural and agricultural development which helped improve the living conditions of many indigenous communities, especially women and children; thereby contributing significantly to the educational ministry of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
UNSUNG HEROES AWARD IN ECUMENICAL WORK to DR. FEDELINDA TAWAGON
for her visionary leadership as President of Dansalan College Foundation, Inc. in a multi-cultural and multi-religious Marawi City, which has been historically wrought by violent wars and conflicts; for her consistency in the pursuit of excellence that brought Dansalan College recognition as a premier Christian institution in the province of Lanao, manifested in the academic achievement of students, the outstanding performance of graduates in government, private institutions, civic groups and international organizations, and the attention given to research and analysis of issues and concerns surrounding Muslim-Christian relations; for her stewardship of material resources, which enabled the college to expand its programmes and services and achieve a level of self-reliance and sustainability; for her courageous leadership during and in the aftermath of the Marawi Siege, which caused the total destruction of Dansalan College and the displacement,entrapment, and hostaging of personnel; for her fierce determination to work during the difficult period of transition from Ground Zero towards recovery and reconstruction which inspired courage and hope; and for making Dansalan College a symbol of a critical Christian presence in a predominantly Muslim Mindanao.
UNSUNG HEROES AWARD IN COMMUNITY SERVICE to MR. FIDEL M. LOPEZ
for his courageous commitment and fearless efforts in protecting and defending the environment from destruction; for raising consciousness on the ecological degradation of their community and surrounding areas; for his courage in pursuing his advocacy for the environment despite threats to his life and security; for contributing significantly to the pursuit of justice, peace and the preservation of the integrity of creation.
UCCP UNSUNG HEROES AWARD IN HEALING MINISTRY to MRS. ROSA NERI
in recognition of her exemplary dedication and commitment as a volunteer worker for the healing ministry of UCCP Cagayan de Oro for almost three decades; for faithfully discharging her duties with real compassion and efficiency.
UNSUNG HEROES AWARD IN CHURCH MINISTRY to PASTOR MARIA I. IKAN
for her exemplary service as a pioneering missionary in the provinces of Cavite and Batangas; for inspiring others that there is no river too deep to cross and no mountain too high to climb for the sharing of the Good News of Chrit’s love for all for her tireless evangelism that helped in the formation of several local congregations; for inspiring others and serving as a model for many church workers and lay people all over the South Luzon Jurisdiction.
UNSUNG HEROES AWARD IN CHURCH MINISTRY to REV. REYNALDO I. ABAD
for his faithful and exemplary service as a pioneering missionary in Palawan; for his extensive evangelism that gave birth to several local congregations; for his innovations in agricultural technology and safe water to help improve the living conditions of church members and people in surrounding communities; for his leadership in processes that led to the formation of the Palawan Associate Conference; for a lifetime of faithfulness and tireless ministry inspite of age and physical limitation.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
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877 EDSA, West Triangle
Quezon City 1104
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9 Kaunlaran Road
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85 Osmeña Boulevard
Cebu City 6000
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Bethany Hospital Compound
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113 Capistrano and
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UCCP Haran House
Davao City 8000
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