One of the highlights of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw celebration is the conferment of the Datu Bago Award!
This year the Davao City Government conferred the Datu Bago award to an entrepreneur and two educators for their outstanding service that has contributed to the growth and development of the city.
The three awardees are all women this year, were cited for having served as a model of excellence and an inspiration to the Dabawenyos and for demonstrating exemplary competence and dedication to help achieve city’s development.
The Datu Bago Award 2012 goes to Dulce Saavedra, Enrica Ongchua Babao, and Linda Coronel Tesoro.
Dulce Saavedra, 83 year old educator and the regional director of the Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP), a distinguished member of GSP in Davao Region. She is a Golden Jubilee Awardee of the GSP.
She dedicated the best 50 years of her life to Girl Scouting. A pillar of GSP, she is the force behind the growth of the organization not only in the Davao region but in the entire Mindanao.
The 83-year-old GSP pillar is being honored for her significant contribution to the development of the five-hectare Camp Alano in Daliao, Toril, Davao City.
Under her leadership, the camp was transformed from a fledging campsite into a beautiful training center for Eastern Mindanao that has become a famous Davao City’s landmark that serves as a training ground for more than 100,000 girls and women leaders all over the country.
Enrica Ongchua Babao, an educator, real estate developer, lessor, and a present chair of the Board of Trustee of the Davao Historical Society Foundation Inc. for almost two decades.
Babao is also a multi-awarded individual from various award-giving bodies both here and abroad. She is an active philanthropist and donor of historical and cultural artifacts to the Museo Dabawenyo.
She is recognized for her invaluable contribution in the preservation of Davao’s rich cultural heritage and her tireless advocacy promoting Davao’s indigenous culture and on popularizing the city’s history among the youth.
She has also developed and maintained various historical makers in Davao City, notably the Golden Kris Memorial Monument.
Linda Coronel Tesoro, is an entrepreneur who runs one of the most productive companies in Davao Region and in the whole country based on the National Productivity Council. Aside from being an entrepreneur, Tesoro is a multi-awarded humanitarian and civic leader. She broke many barriers for women not only in Davao City, but in the entire country.
She is a recipient of the prestigious Aurora Aragon Quezon Award, the highest award given to an individual Red Cross volunteer for her significant contribution to the promotion of the Red Cross mission and to community service.
She is a Rotary International Service Above Self awardee, the highest recognition given to an individual Rotarian who has rendered exemplary humanitarian service.
Congratulations to this years Datu Bago Awardees1