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RUBEN ABELLON RECEIVES
DUTCH ROYAL AWARD

Henk J. van der Vaart
The Hague
April 27, 2007

Annually, on the occasion of her birthday, the ruling Monarch of Netherlands, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix awards deserving Dutch the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

April 1892, Queen Dowager and Regent Emma initiated the Order so that Royal appreciation for distinct exemplary citizenship could be made both visible and public.

Royal tradition demands total secrecy towards the nominees until the day of ceremony, making this yearly event a genuine Royal Surprise, considered both honorable and prestigious.

Admittedly some prejudice on my part perhaps, as I admire the man, pride too feeds the desire to share this news with you Promoting Pinoy Pride back home and elsewhere. Stimulating optimism, rejuvenating humble self-esteem much needed for ...

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