12-01-2010, 09:00 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Singing sensation Pempengco, neurosurgeon chosen world-class Filipinos
International singing sensation Charmaine Clarice "Charice" Pempengco and neurosurgeon Dr. Manuel "Manny" Cacdac have been awarded with the BPInoy Award for showing the world the Filipino values that make them the best in the professions they chose abroad.
"Every year for the past five years, the Bank of the Philippine Islands has recognized remarkable Filipinos who have made us proud to be Pinoys," said BPI president and CEO Aurelio Montinola III, adding that the bank will continue awarding notable Filipinos abroad who exemplify world class excellence in their chosen fields.
Teresita Tan, BPI executive vice president and head of overseas banking and channel services group said that Filipinos who excel in their craft abroad and continue to give back to the homeland is an inspiration to all Filipinos.
Charmaine Clarice "Charice" Pempengco
A competitor in singing at the age of seven, Pempengco made it big after a fan posted several videos of her song numbers on Youtube back in 2007. The viral videos would soon have her flying to the US as a guest in several television shows like the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Since then, Pempengco has been well-received as an international singer, with her career soaring at a record high with a stint in the television series Glee. She was also named as the first Asian to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart.
Although unable to personally receive the award due to her various commitments abroad, Pempengco relayed through a video how all the challenges she faced were well worth the effort, if it meant recognition for Filipino talent. The singer also said that she has always kept her countrymen in mind and will continue doing so with every song she sings.
Dr. Manuel "Manny" Cacdac
Dr. Cacdac said that he was very surprised when his cousin, who nominated him for the award, told him that he'd been named as one of the two awardees for the 2010 BPInoy Awards. The neurosurgeon said that even through his battle with colon cancer, he "forged on" to put up the Hydrocephalus Foundation of the Philippines.
A graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas, Cacdac would later find himself studying and practicing in the United States.
With experience from different hospitals in the US, Cacdac has been involved with various surgical missions in the Philippines since the 90s, and continues to be even more committed as the Hydrocephalus Foundation of the Philippines was formally approved on May 10.
Cacdac is an attending neurosurgeon at the Terre Haute Regional and Union Hospital in Indiana. He regularly travels from the US to the Philippines to operate on babies stricken with Hydrocephalus.
"We are creating an avenue for Filipinos all over the world to connect, inspire and to celebrate distinct nationalistic pride in everyone," said Tan, adding that we are truly making our presence known as globally competitive Filipinos.