27 February 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel – Coinciding with the 162nd Foundation Anniversary Celebration of the Province of La Union, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Government) will confer the 2012 Saranay Award upon Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge on 02 March 2012. Vice Governor Aureo Augusto Q. Nisce, in his letter of 07 February 2012, formally informed Ambassador Calonge about the award and the schedule of ceremonies which will be held at the Provincial Capitol in San Fernando, La Union.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously passed the resolution to bestow upon the Ambassador the Saranay Award. It is the highest award ever given to qualified residents or natives in the Province of La Union who have rendered outstanding and exemplary services to the province by promoting the cause of good governance and preserving the ideals of public service.
Ambassador Calonge thanked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and expressed his gratefulness for the kind gesture. "I am humbled to receive such an exceptional award." the Ambassador said in his letter to the Provincial Government. "It is an added inspiration in my life as I continue serving faithfully the interests of the Filipino People. I will strive even harder in promoting the cause of good governance and in preserving the ideals of public service wherever my chosen career brings me in the future." he added.
Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge is a lawyer and career diplomat whose career in the Foreign Service spans almost three decades. He served in Philippine diplomatic missions in Washington DC, Moscow, and the Middle East, as well as in various capacities in the Home Office.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines, Manila in 1976, completed his degree in Law from the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1985, and then moved on to finish his Masters of Laws from the prestigious Harvard Law School in 1988. Ambassador Calonge also attended Officer Cadet School of the Australian Army as a Military Science scholar from 1978-1979 under the Philippines-Australia Defense Cooperation Program.
He arrived in Israel on 30 August 2011 and presented his credentials to President Shimon Peres on 06 October 2011 as Ambassador of the Philippines to Israel. Guided by his mandate to strengthen Philippines – Israel relations and promote the welfare of Filipinos working in the country, he endeavors to increase and elevate people-to-people contacts which are essential in the strengthening bilateral relations. He actively promotes the Philippines as a profitable investment destination for Israelis.
Ambassador Calonge is married to Atty. Gloria Salazar Calonge and has three children, namely Golda, Nikki and Joshua Benedict.
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