United Surigaonon Association
Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Rafael E. Seguis Leadership Award (RESLA)
The United Surigaonon Association in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia (USA-EPSA) was formed in the year 2000 to support the then Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Rafael E. Seguis, on extending the government programs in this area.
After his tour of duty in the Kingdom, Seguis was assigned to head the Philippine Mission in other countries and later on appointed as Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for OFW Concerns.
From then, Usec Seguis was tasked to immediately attend to the needs of OFWs. He was instrumental in facilitating the release of kidnapped victims Angelo dela Cruz and Roberto Tarongoy in Iraq on two separate occasions.
The Surigaonons in this region emulates the sacrifices of Seguis in looking after the distress OFWs, particularly those who are in the death row here in the Middle East. Being a Surigaonon himself from San Francisco, Anao-Aon, Surigao del Norte, Seguis become an inspirational living icon for the USA-EPSA.
In 2005, the group’s former president Ferdinand B. Arana filed a proposal on launching a project called as the Rafael E. Seguis Leadership Award (RESLA). The USA-EPSA Board of Directors, in the leadership of its incumbent president, Rex C. Catubigan, finally approved and launched this project last year.
This is to give recognition to the outstanding members of USA-EPSA who had exemplary shown leadership or heroic deeds and unquestionable service to the Filipino community in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia.
Likewise, this project will extend the same recognitions to outstanding student leaders of the three Filipino schools in the Eastern Region who excelled both in their academic studies and extra-curricular activities. The schools are the International Philippine School in Alkhobar, the Philippine School in Dammam, and the Al-Andalus International School.
The United Surigaonon Association is very happy to announce that this year, six student leaders are the first recipients of the RESLA trophies. There are two each from the three abovementioned schools, as recommended by their respective school principals. Trophies will be awarded to them by the USA-EPSA officers during each school’s separate graduation ceremonies on Friday, 16 March 2007.
International Philippine School in Alkhobar – Raymar S. Marquez and Narciso L. Mapalo II
Philippine School in Dammam – Ryan Kristofer I. Arana and Maria Enrily D. Magtanong
Al-Andalus International School – Faith Joy A. Malagapo and Richard Jacob N. Dy