Bohol's Media matriarch is Uliran awardee
Rosario Pernia Dejaresco was awarded this year's prestigious Ulirang Ina for media and journalism in elaborate ceremonies at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City on the ocassion of Mother's day on May 14, 2006.
Rosario P. Dejaresco, mother of nine children who are now professionals, has taken over the reigns of the Bohol's most successful print and broadcast institution, the Bohol Chronicle Radio Corporation (BCRC).
The media institution which operates a newspaper publication, the Bohol Chronicle and radio stations DYRD-AM, DYRD-FM, and DYZD-AM was founded by Rasario's late husband, laywer Zoilo D. Dejaresco, Jr.
Since her husband's demise three years ago, Mrs. Dejaresco has taken active charge in the continuing public service of the family media corporation, assisted by her two sons Zoilo III and Peter, who are occupying the top management positions in the company.
The annual Ulirang Ina Awards 2006 is an initiative of the National Mother's Day and Father's Day Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. which selects outstanding model Filipino father and mothers.
In choosing Mrs. Rosario P. Dejaresco as Ulirang Ina for media and journalism, the foundation stated:
"Life has not always been easy for Rosario, being the wife of an editor-publisher of a local community paper and a crusading radio station in Tagbilaran City, because it meant she has to deal with friends and relations who may have been hurt or slighted with the position her dearly beloved husband Jun Dejaresco took in their media business.
When her beloved Jun passed away, she became the treasurer of the media business, which had evolved into a corporation.
She learned how difficult it had been for her late husband handling the media business as he did.
Through it all Rosario was a mother who tended to her nine children and saw them through school.
While her husband was out running the media business, she was the anchor at home to her nine growing children.
Today at 83, she is still a doting mother to her nine children, her in-laws and three scores of grand children and great grand children.
Rosario contends that her happiest moments are those spent with the family.
Rosario feels that if she was successful in rearing her nine children, this was through the days when she was a music teacher. She is moved by beautiful music and plays the piano well enough to be a teacher.
Rosario was past president of the Tagbilaran Lions club, the Catholic Women's League and the Holy Spirit School Alumni Association which allowed her to perform some of her civic duties to the community in Bohol.
She is also recipient of the 10-year Lion Monarch Award, for her dedication to family and Christian values due to her many civic activities.
She was also recipient of the Outstanding Mother Award from the Tagbilaran Women's Club.
Rosario's greatest joy lies with her family - the moments of triumph and failure that they shared as a united group. As they saw at the end of the day, all we have is FAMILY."
The Ulirang Ina Awards is one of the projects of the National Mother's Day and Father's Day Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
The foundation's vision is to inculcate in the citizenry both young and old, to respect and honor their parents thereby strengthening their values and family ties.
The mission therefore is to promote these values by paying tribute to model Mothers through the Ulirang Ina Awards.
The other Ulirang Ina awardees in different sectors were Charlene Mae B. Muhlach, Tanyag na Ulirang Ina; Liticia D. Duque, Uliran Ina ng Tahanan; Socorro C. Ramos, owner of National Bookstore, Ulirang Ina ng Tahanan; Juanita F. Concepcion, Ulirang Ina ng Angkan; Eugenia P. Leonida, Ulirang Ina ng Angkan;
Atty. Lourdes M. Bautista, Posthumous; Atty. Luzviminda D. Puno, Posthumous; Dr. Vivian S. Sarabia, Ulirang Ina special citation; Julie Ong Alonzo Ulirang Ina Awardee for Business & Industry; Elmina D. Fernandez, Judge Esperanza F. Garcia (wife of former Cebu Gov. Pablo Garcia), amparo B. Nepomuceno, Milagros T,. Puyat, Aurora Trinidad, all Ulirang Ina for business and industry;
Dr. Mary G. Calalang, Anita P. Rosales, and Vicente O. Torre (mother of chess grandmaster Eugene Torre), Ulirang Ina for medicine and allied sciences;
Mercedes R. Regalado, Dr. Fe C. Garcia, Ulirang Ina for Education; Josefina D. Pineda, Zenaida M. Santos, Ulirang Ina for socio civic and religious sector.
The awarding rites were graced by Supreme Court Assciate Justice Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, the honoraqry chairperson of the awards. She was also Ulirang Ina awardee in 1995.
The keynote address was delivered by Ombudsperson Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez, Ulirang Ina awardee in 1995. The response was delivered by acting Supreme Court chief justice Reynato S. Puno, Ulirang Ama awardees in 2005. His wife, the late Atty. Luzviminda Puno was posthumously awarded Ulirang Ina for the judiciary.
Also gracing the affair were Wilfredo M Talag, Foundation President and Leticia M. Talag, Awards Chairperson.
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