The Noble Blue Falcons International (NBFI), through its 8th Bughaw Awards, hailed 24 residents of the province of Aurora as “Aurora’s Best of the Best” for year 2020. Dean Zorobabel Laureles of the College of Criminal Justice (CCJ) of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) is one of the honored recipients.
Like his other co-awardees, Dean Laureles is noted for his commitment to the protection of the environment; the promotion of peace and unity; for inspiring the young to make a difference, and for leading the fight against the dreaded COVID-19.
The citation coincides with the celebration of 24th Founding Anniversary on 19 March 2020 of the Noble Blue Falcons International, a community of environmental watchdogs. Representatives from media, government and NGOs also graced the affair.
NBFI National Chairman and known Father of Environmental Mountaineering, Professor Joseph Beatriz Usita, expounded on the meticulous selection process undertaken in determining the awardees: “The recipients are under strict monitoring and background checking by the screening committee in their accomplishments and participations in the community against criminalities, fighting forest destroyers, among others, and unknowingly passing the organization’s advocacy.”
Further, Professor Usita said that the on-line Bughaw Awards aims to inspire the youth of Aurora Province and the Noble Blue Falcons spread across the globe.
Along with Dean Laureles, some co-awardees were: Aurora Congressman Rommel Rico T. Angara; acting Aurora Governor Christian Noveras; Acting Aurora Vice-Governor Mariano Tangson; Mayor Rhett Rico T. Angara-Baler; Mayor Danilo Tolentino-Dipaculao; PCPT Ferdinand B. Usita- Chief of Police, Baler PNP; Dingalan Mayor Shierwin Taay; Casiguran Mayor Ricardo A. Bitong; Dilasag Mayor Joe P. Gorospe, and Outstanding Educator Dr. Edelwinda S. Montero
Founded on March 19, 1996 in the Philippines, NBFI has 3.2 million members in the world; where 444,000 are in the Philippines. In Sierra Madre, there are 8,000 Environmental Mountaineers helping to protect and promote the majestic mountain range against forest destroyers. In Aurora Province, there are 12,000 Blue Falcons protecting the fast-diminishing forest cover.
OLFU congratulates Dean Laureles for this recent recognition!