AL-KHOBAR — Engineer Ernesto N. Mapanao, a longtime Filipino worker in the Eastern Province (EP), was honored here last Friday for supporting distressed compatriots and working with various Filipino community organizations throughout the years.
Mapanao received a plaque of recognition from the Overseas Filipino Workers Congress in EP (OFWC-EP), a pioneering Filipino association established 12 years ago in the Kingdom.
The simple ceremony was held at the resident of Mary Jane Tupas, president of OFWC and the director of nursing of Mohamad Dosary Hospital.
Mapanao is leaving to join his family in Canada after some 20 years working as an engineer for leading Saudi companies in the oil and gas industries. Active in community affairs, he had served as the Third President of the Overseas Filipino Workers Congress (OFWC) from 2005- 2007.
Leading EP community leaders attended the event, including Dr. Gener Benter, Dr. Peter Marpa, Engr. Bong Dionisio, Martin Valenzuela, Chito Arcilla, Mulong Odsinada, George Palencia, Lito Tomas, Jun Mones, Charlie Rapanut, Ed Saballa and Orly Arcega.
taken from: Saudi Gazette-MARHABA 3 March 2012