The 2020 cycle of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Award is now open for nominations. Four teachers will be recognized for their initiatives and concrete contributions to the development of their sector and communities.
The guidelines and nomination form may be downloaded here. The last day for submitting nominations is 27 December 2019.
For 2019, Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz of UP Manila, and Dr. Ricardo Jose of UP Diliman were selected for the award among hundreds of nominees. The decision was made by different sectors of society.
Cutiongco-dela Paz was former vice chancellor for research of UP Manila and the current executive director of the National Institutes of Health. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from UP and further trained in molecular genetics at the International Center for Medical Research at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine and in clinical genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children of the University of Toronto. She is currently the genomics health program director of the Philippine Genome Center. Her mother won the award in 1981 and the mother-daughter win is a first for the prestigious award.
Jose is a professor at the Department of History of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy at UP Diliman and former director of the Third World Studies Center. He received his BA and MA in history from UP Diliman and his Ph.D. in history/area studies from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He is the country’s leading scholar on World War II in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific. He also specializes in Japan-Philippine relations and the American colonial rule in the Philippines.