LINGAYEN, Pangasinan –Former President Fidel V. Ramos and former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. joined their province-mates at the President Hotel here to mark the 3rd year anniversary of Pacebook Magazine which honored 25 outstanding Pangasinenses Saturday.
Ramos, better known as FVR or Steady Eddie, cited the magazine for giving recognition toi certain individuals from Pangasinan who have performed commendably in their chosen fields and endeavors.”
“They give life and substance to the magazine’s advocacy of exhorting the many doers are able to[g1] improve the lives of others,” he said.
He said “ten years after I finished my term as president from l992 to l998, I am still busy “promoting people empowerment, a culture of excellence and global competitiveness … to alleviate poverty and improve people’s lives.”
He is the chairman of the non government RPDEV Foundation which “helps empower the Filipino people through four major areas: peace and security in the Asia Pacific, sustainable development, democratic governance and socio economic diplomacy.”
He commended Pacebook “for chronicling landmark events and highlighting what is good and noble in people.”
Meanwhile in the same occasion, De Venecia inducted the officers of the Pangasinan Association of Columnists and Editors (PACE) consisting of veteran writers for its role in “encouraging professionalism in the print media.”
De Venecia, founding chairman and co-chairman of the committee of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), is the leader of a global movement behind the Global Parties Climate and Ecological Safety Alliance (GPCESA) in the battle against climate change , mitigation of terrible ecological disasters and the promotion of global peace and sustainable development.”
De Venecia inducted PACE officers Cesar Carpio, board chairman; Juanito Velasco, president; Ruel Camba, vice president; Ramon Santillan, secretary; Jesus Perez, treasurer; Lelia Sy, auditor; Liezle Inigo, PRO; Abe Belena, Eddie Ferrer, Orly Guirao, Lorna Germogeno, Mel Velasco, Mortz Ortigoza, Leu Paragas and Ruben Rivera, directors. Atty. Gonzalo Duque, Ermin Garcia and Rhee Fer Hortaleza, Mita Duque, advisers.
The first project of Pace in collaboration with Pacebook magazine is the publication of books containing selected editorials and columns and/or feature articles by former Pangasinan editors and journalists as part of professionalizing the media promoting excellence in journalistic writing.
The group has created a committee to anthologize the works of Panbgasinan journalists and writers including Carlos Bulosan, Ermin Garcia Sr., Bayardo Estrada, National Artist Frank Sionil Jose, and others.
Ramos and De Venecia, assisted by Velasco and Mita Duque, presented the “outstanding Pangasinense” Awards to Gov. Amado Espino Jr., Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Reps. Rosemarie Arenas, Georgina De Venecia and Leopoldo Bataoil, Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman Antonio Villar Jr., Mayors Belen Fernandez, Ricardo Camacho, Carlito Zaplan, Gwen Palafox Yamamoto, Abono Party-List chairman Rosendo So, Dr. Joseph Roland Mejia, Atty. Gonzalo Duque, Atty. Liberato Reyna Jr, Dr. Robin Navarro, Engr. Reynaldo Mencias, FAMAS president Angelo Padua accupressure specialist Eddie Quinto, Dr. Vicky Siapno Tada, television journalist Maki Pulido, evangelist Bro. Danny Espiritu, Zeny Palisoc, artist Claireyenne Malanyaon and businessman-philanthropist Ashok Vasandani.
Ramos said his admiration for the press must have been due to his father, former Foreign Secretary Narciso Ramos, who published a community paper, the Pangasinan News, in Lingayen in 1930’s.”
When he was Ateneo college editor, De Venecia was a recipient of a citation from Columbia University , “Outstanding Student Newspaper in the World.”
De Venecia was the founder-publisher of Pan Asia News Alliance, columnist of the Philippine Herald in the early 60’s and Vietnam ambassador before he became a politician.