Aquino Honors 29 Overseas Filipinos and Friends

President Benigno S. Aquino III honored 29 distinguished overseas Filipino individuals, organizations and friends for having shown excellence in their professions and active involvement in support services for Filipino communities worldwide, reports the Commission on Filipinos Overseas website. The 2012 honorees were vetted by their respective Philippine diplomatic and reviewed by three committees composed of representatives from the government, civil society, media, academe, religious, and business sectors -- the final list was submitted to the President of the Philippines for his approval.