Villar leads this year's most outstanding Kapampangan awardees

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Dec. 11 — Senator Manuel "Manny" Villar led this year's most outstanding Kapampangan awardees.

The 2012 Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (MOKA) was one of the highlights of the week-long celebration of Pampanga Day.

Villar, who is known for his guiding principle "sipag at tiyaga (hard work and perseverance)", was named MOKA awardee in the field of business and entrepreneurship.

The senator is a true-blooded Kapampangan. His maternal grandfather – Nicolas David Bamba came from Purok Bamba, Barangay San Nicolas 1st in Sasmuan town. Her mother Curita Bamba is a seafood dealer who hails from Sasmuan, Pampanga while his father – Manuel Villar Sr. came from the province of Iloilo.

Through the years, Villar has proven his acumen in the housing business which earned him the title “Dean of the Philippine Real Estate Industry” from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

Lilia Lising Borromeo fondly called “Atching Lillian” by locals, a culinary expert and food historian from the town of Mexico, is also one of the MOKA awardees in the culture category.

Atching Lillian is well-known for her traditional way of cooking Kapampangan dishes with the use of antique cooking implements and secret recipes – family heirlooms inherited from her ancestors and passed down to every female family member for generations now.

Because of this, she is now referred to as the “Guardian of Kapampangan Kitchen.”

Other awardees include Dr. Leonardo C. Canlas (education); ALE partylist Rep. Lina Bagasina (government service); Police Superintendent Bernardo Perez (law enforcement); John S. Manalili (mass media); Fr. Victor Nicomedes Nicdao (religion); Felix Galang Tienzo (social service); and Lourdes Sur East barangay captain Patrick Cura (youth service). (PNA)

LAP/ZST/JM/PS/SSC

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