As many celebrated World Teachers’ Day, Fortune Life Insurance Company relived the 10th anniversary of "The Value of Hard work and Discipline," an advocacy program in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Marylindbert International, through the @FortuneLifePH Facebook page and YouTube channel in October. As guest of honor and keynote speaker, Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones led the virtual awarding of the Amb. Antonio L. Cabangon Chua Gintong Parangal para sa Edukasyon to the thirteen outstanding educators via Facebook livestream on May 28, 2021.
The Values Advocacy Program (VAP) promotes the core values of hard work and discipline to public school students. Fortune Life provides workbooks with lessons inspired by the life story of the late Amb. Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, Fortune Life founder, who achieved success despite adversity by embracing these values.
The Gintong Parangal para sa Edukasyon became part of the annual celebration which aims to honor and reward the teachers and leaders who embody and promote the values of Amb. Cabangon Chua. This consists of two categories: para sa Guro and para sa Pamumuno.
The awarding ceremony of Gintong Parangal para sa Edukasyon - Guro, now on its 9th year, recognizes teachers, division supervisors, and principals who assiduously promote the program’s advocacies. The awardees for this category are Grace B. Mosqueda of Bayugan City; Rainelda Blanco, PhD of Bulacan; Garry L. Pangan, PhD of Pampanga; Arnel M. Batalla, PhD of Nueva Vizcaya and Jennifer H. Moro of Batanes. Honorable mentions are Mario B. Paneda, EdD of La Union; Johnny T. Samino, PhD of Naga City; and Cherry Belle F. Del Rosario of La Union.
On the other hand, Gintong Parangal para sa Edukasyon - Pamumuno, currently on its 4th year, highlights the exemplary work and leadership skills of higher school officials from different school divisions and district offices. The awardees for this category are Rosemarie D. Torres, EdD, CESO V of Imus City; Flordeliza C. Gecobe, PhD, CESO V of Quirino; Dominico C. Idanan, EdD, CESO V of Muntinlupa City; Roger F. Capa, CESO VI of Occidental Mindoro and Romelito G. Flores, CESO V of General Santos City.
Ms. Emma M. Abad, Fortune Life EVP and General Manager, cited that “we, at Fortune Life, are truly delighted and grateful to God for allowing us to be an instrument in touching the lives of the pupils as well as the teachers.” Even in the time of a pandemic, Ms. Abad assured that “ang Fortune Life ay nananatiling aktibong nakikibahagi at nangunguna sa pagsuporta sa Blended Learning ng DepEd.”
Fortune Life President, Mr. D. Arnold A. Cabangon, proudly said that this virtual event “is a significant milestone for the company as it represents a decade of giving honor and recognition to our dear teachers.” In the span of ten years, Fortune Life recognized total of 89 Gintong Parangal Awardees, of which 66 were Parangal para sa Guro, and 23 were Parangal para sa Pamumuno. Mr. Cabangon remarked that “the 2017 Gintong Parangal awardee, Mr. Windel Alvarez, an ALS teacher from Caramoan District, was even awarded as one of the Top 50 Best Teachers of the World 2020. This proves that all nominees’ applications undergo thorough evaluation, and the chosen winners are genuinely exceptional.” He added that, “the continuing success of our Values Advocacy Program is immensely because of our dear awardees and the inspiration they echo year by year.” .
In her speech, Secretary Briones expressed her utmost appreciation for Fortune Life and how the values advocacy program has helped students as she shared that “at a time like this, to remind them that hard work and discipline are very important to the development of the learner is crucial. Thank you very much for this.” She also emphasized that “the life of Amb. Antonio Cabangon Chua has shown us that victory cannot be achieved without hard work, without discipline, and this is even more important at this time of pandemic.”
As a token of appreciation, President D. Arnold Cabangon, together with Mr. D. Edgard A. Cabangon, Chairman of the ALC Group of Companies, and Ms. D. Cecilia A. Cabangon, presented the Boiled Green Bananas in USB card-type form to Sec. Briones. This is a compilation of columns, written by the Education Secretary herself, which have been published in the BusinessMirror.
Ms. Evelyn T. Carada, Consulting Actuary, introduced the Big Book for Kindergarten, Grade I and II pupils consisting of inspirational stories of the Fortune Life founder entitled Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, a 21st Century Hero. This book reflects the sincere love of a child to his mother and how he overcame poverty through hard work in Part 1, “Si Tony ang Limpya Bota,” and Part 2, “Tony: Ang Batang Negosyante”. With this special book, Fortune Life aims to inspire young people to pursue their dreams despite poverty and hardships.