CEBU: A former Overseas Filipino Worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be awarded as one of the “Outstanding OFW and Balikbayan Reputation Award (OBRA) for 2011″ this coming December 9, 2011 at the Megatrade, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
Dr. Carlito Astillero who had just left Saudi Arabia and returned to Cebu seven months ago after 35 years as an Overseas Filipino worker is one of the eight awardees to be recognized for their important contribution in the society; and as an OFW and Balikbayan models based on their good characters and deeds. “OBRA aims to recognized OFW and Balikbayan who we can emulate in these trying times where it is really very hard to find someone where we can use as a guide in living a worthy life”, said Mitch Ballesteros, CEO of Exlinkevents.
Dr. Astillero is also among those MOFYA awardees vying for the top “National 2011 Model of Family of the Year Award” to be held on December 7, 2011 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City. The awarding of the Regional Winners will be held on 06 December 2011 at the Heritage Hotel in Metro Manila. Dr. Astillero was Region 7 Model OFW Family 2011 awardee for the land based category.
During his stint as an Overseas Filipino Worker, he received various awards, that includes: The Special Presidential Award 1996 – Banaag at Sikat, the San Lorenzo Ruiz Award for Outstanding OFW (1994) both awarded by former President Fidel Ramos; the Bagong Bayani Award (1992) by former President Cory Aquino; and the Most Outstanding Filipino in Saudi Arabia (1990) by the Philippine Embassy.
He earned his degree at Southwestern University and placed 9th in the 1968 Medical Board Exam. Presently, his family is residing in Labangon, Cebu City. The doctor and his wife Elena have five children, which include two doctors, a nurse, an engineer and a lawyer.
As a retiree, he is currently busy into farming located at his ancestral hometown in Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur. And aside from being a farmer, he is also the Program Consultant of Center for Agricultural Productivity, Environmental Care and Countryside Industrialization that deals with organic and probiotic agricultural production.
He is also one of the guest of honor this coming OFW Family Day 2011 on December 10, 2011 at Ayala Center, Cebu. The yearly event is organized by DOLE-OWWA of Region 7.
Note: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! TO KUMPARE DR. CARLITO ASTILLERO FOR WINNING THE “NATIONAL MODEL OFW FAMILY (MOFYA) OF THE YEAR 2011“.