Iloilo City honors model moms in ‘Bulawanon nga Nanay’ 2024

68-year-old Remedios Lopez from Barangay Veterans Village, City Proper, beams with pride as she receives the prestigious Bulawanon nga Nanay 2024 award, outshining 12 other finalists during the awarding ceremony on May 30 at Iloilo Festive Walk in Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. (City Hall handout photo)

By Mariela Angella Oladive

The Iloilo City Government’s Task Force on Street Children (ICTSC) recognized exemplary mothers at the “Bulawanon nga Nanay” 2024 award ceremony held at the Festive Walk Iloilo on May 30.

Remedios Lopez, 68, from Barangay Veterans Village City Proper, emerged as this year’s winner, receiving a P15,000 prize after surpassing 12 other finalists. Lopez expressed her joy and gratitude, saying, “I had an unforgettable experience in this event, and I know that my dedication as a volunteer, barangay, and daycare worker is evident. My passion and determination to instill moral values and manners in children have paid off, as some of them graduated as Summa Cum Laude, of which I am very proud, as well as being hailed as Bulawanon nga Nanay.”

Lopez emphasized the inspiration she draws from her children.

“My children inspire me to strive every day because I want to set a good example for them. I will constantly show my love and concern for them by taking good care of them and providing for their needs. When times are tough, I remain strong because I believe God will always provide for my family.”

She extended her gratitude to Iloilo City, Mayor Jerry Treñas, his wife Rosalie Sarabia-Treñas, and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for their support.

Mrs. Treñas, who also serves as the ICTSFC Chairperson, praised the city’s mothers in her remarks.

“From every part of the city, we can say with pride that Ilonggo mothers are among the best in the country, if not the world. To all outstanding women and mothers, I urge you to continue to bring warmth and security into your respective homes and create a loving environment where your children can thrive,” she said.

The award also recognized other exemplary mothers, with 1st runner-up Salvacion Vergara from Jaro district receiving P10,500, and 2nd runner-up Evangeline Babac from Arevalo district receiving P8,000. Consolation prizes of P6,500 were also awarded to deserving participants.

The city-wide search aimed to honor mothers aged 45 to 75 who are bona fide city residents, possess good moral standing, and are actively involved in community development. This initiative highlights the significant role of mothers in balancing multiple responsibilities within their households while contributing to the broader community’s welfare.

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