ASUNCION RECEIVES PAMANA NG PILIPINO AWARD FROM PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
By Adrian M Prophet
December 26, 2016
The Presidential Awards were initiated in 1991 and have been awarded to 437 Filipinos and private organizations overseas since its establishment.
The Award Program states that this year “Awardees were selected from a total of 103 nominations from 22 countries through 33 Philippine Embassies and Consulates. Countries represented were Israel, United States of America, Qatar, Norway, Pakistan, Germany, Taiwan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. Of the 23 awardees, 17 are individuals while 6 are organizations.
Twenty-three distinguished Filipino individuals and organizations based in 11 countries, who because of their exceptional achievements or humanitarian efforts, have given firm and substance to Filipino excellence and the time-honored values of pakikipag-kapwa, pagtulungan, and pagkakaisa.”
Readers of Munting Nayon are familiar with the works of Manuel or Manny Asuncion, as he is a regular contributor and he has been honoured in the 2016 awards.
“The Pamana ng Pilipino Award is conferred on Filipinos overseas who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.” p.iii of program document.
“In conferring the Pamana ng Pilipino Award to Mr. Asuncion, the President recognizes his exemplary devotion and passion in promoting Filipino culture and heritage through language, arts and drama in multicultural Australia.” p.23 of the program document.
Manny Asuncion’s activities that lead to this award were related to his many voluntary activities within the Filipino-Australian Community, which began 3 years after arriving in Australia in 1984.
In 1987 he co-founded Dulaang Bayan Melbourne Inc.(DBMI), a Filipino community development theatre that was designed to capture the experiences and struggles of Filipino migrants in settling and living in Australia while emphasizing their dreams, hope and ambitions.
With DBMI Manny Asuncion produced a number of plays, including in 2010 Miting sa Makiling, 2009 Ang Ikalawang Tag-Sibol ni Mang Florante. 2006 Summer Butterflies. 2004 Mga Eksena sa Airport. 2001 Kesehoda and 2000 Autumn Sonata.
Media activities acknowledged that he had written over 400 news articles, feature stories, film critiques and short stories for various Filipino-Australian newspapers including Philippine Times of which he was a co-founder, Bayanihan and Philippine Community Herald, both Sydney based papers, Munting Nayon (Netherlands) and Daily Mirror (New York, U.S.A.).
In 2014 Manny Asuncion launched a book of plays entitled “Seasons; An Anthology of Filipino Plays Down Under.”
Teaching is one of Manny’s passions and he has contributed to multi-cultural languages by teaching Filipino in Melbourne: 1994 One of the first Filipino teachers at the Philippine Language School of Victoria.
1990-1994: Victorian School of Languages
1991-1995: Princess Hill Language School
From 1996 -2010 he was the Chief examiner for Filipino Interpreters and Translators for the National Accreditation for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
1998-2012: Chief lecturer of the Filipino Department of the Australian Defense Force School of Languages.
Recognition also included Manny’s voluntary community work with organizations such as the Filipino Community Council of Victoria (FCCV Inc.) the non-government agency recognized as the umbrella body of Filipino organizations in Victoria of which he was the vice president for two consecutive terms; Filipino Communities Councils of Australia (FILCCA), the national umbrella body of Filipino organizations in Australia; FILOZ toastmasters, an organization that helps members develop public speaking and leadership. Filipino Artists of Melbourne (FAME) which promotes Filipino artists in Melbourne, and the Philippine Fiesta of Victoria Inc. which showcases the arts, culture and heritage of the Philippines.
Asuncion’s awards include:
2008: Recognition by Filipino Community Council of Victoria Inc. 2012: Plaque of recognition for service and dedication to the Community from FCCV Inc. 2014: Filipino Communities Council of Australia bestowed on him the Filipino – Australian Achiever of the Year award. 2015: Victorian multicultural Commission awarded him Victoria’s Multicultural Award for Excellence. 2015: Eminent Alumni Award Philippine Normal University 2015: National Jubilarian Award Philippine Normal University in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment as Educator, Writer, Translator and International leader.
Education: Degrees in Elementary Education, Arts, Speech and drama were obtained from the Philippines, and while in Australia Manny Asuncion obtained a Master of Applied Linguistics, , Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Graduate degree in Education. Certificate of Teaching English as a second language.
He also qualified as a level 3 translator and level 2 interpreter of English and Filipino (both ways).
Manny Asuncion arrived in Australia and moved to the country to live with his Sister Fely Joyce and her husband Graham. He moved to Adelaide to seek employment in 1984 and while there he produced a stage production called “Pamana” a two hour musical narrative of Filipino history and culture for the Filipino Association of South Australia. Such was the effect of this production on Filipinos that even today, those who participated in the production ask Manny to go back to Adelaide and produce more.
Fortunately for multicultural Australia, we welcomed Manny into our country, and he has excelled and brought honor to his home country, his adopted country and his family including his late parents whom he once commented had endowed him the gift of language, artistry and creativity.
Neneth Ramiro Rondera Catanauan Quezon Fri 30th December 2016
This Is a good article on Mr. Manny Asuncion and other equally talented and humanitarian Filipinos abroad. I really admire Sir Manny he is not just endowed with an amazing literary talent his character is I think God given too. I will always be proud of having met him and will always be happy of our friendship. Indeed he deserved such prestigious award. Congratulations Sir Manny What you have shared to literary world is truly a remarkable Filipino legacy. God bless you.
Atanacia Elsa Ibuan Zulueta Thu 29th December 2016
You're truly a pride of MA ROXAS High School batch 61. Congratulations MANNY!!
Mirabella dela Fuente Thu 29th December 2016
Congratulations, MANNY ASUNCION, BATCH '61 MARHS, we are so proud of you for being a recipient of PAMANA NG PILIPINO AWARD given in Malacanan by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
o. valenzuela netherlands Wed 28th December 2016
Manny you truly deserve the Pamana ng Pilipino Award. So proud and happy for you.
Noemi Alindogan Medina Mon 26th December 2016
I'm so happy and very proud of you for being a recipient of this Pamana ng Pilipino Award .... given by the President himself!
With your wonderful accomplishments in Australia for many years, you truly deserve this Award!
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