RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Two Rio Rancho women, a retired Air Force major and a Bernalillo teen will receive this year’s awards at the annual Filipino-American community awards ceremony.
The recipients of the Pamana Awards have been selected by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande Chapter for their contributions in helping and educating local and native Filipinos.
• Pearl King of Rio Rancho was selected to receive a plaque honoring her for long-time commitment to the Filipino community in New Mexico.
King, a registered nurse at the VA Medical Center, led the local Historical Society as president since 2009 and put on many Pamana Awards events. In announcing the event, the Historical Society executive committee says the recognition is “long overdue for a leader who has always wanted to be in the background.”
• Jennylou Pangilinan-Riel, also of Rio Rancho, was selected to receive a plaque honoring her for contributions to eduction.
As a math and robotics teacher at the Bernalillo High School, Pangilinan-Riel took the school robotics team to several wins at state, national and international levels, garnering more than $25,000 worth of prizes.
• Maj. Richard Luena, U.S. Air Force (retired) of Albuquerque, is set to receive an award for his service to the Bataan-Corregidor veterans.
• Miracle McCastle, 16, from Bernalillo, was selected for the Manoa Youth Award, named in honor of Manoa Alcantara Jojola, son of two University of New Mexico professors. McCastle wins $500. And four honorable mentions, Angelo Egrubay, Mary Josephine Hollins, Ashley Yssabelle Leonen and Francisco Soriano, each win $200.
The five teens have been active in Filipino performing groups and community for years, helping raise money for disaster relief in the Philippines and representing the Filipino community at events.
McCastle is a junior at V. Sue Cleveland High School, where she is a cheerleader and active in student government. Since age 12, McCastle has participated in Filipino dancing and music, serving as the lead kulintang musician. There are only nine other kulintang musicians in New Mexico, according to the Historical Society.
The honored, along with Filipino American graduates from 2016 to 2017, will receive their recognition at the annual Pamana Awards ceremony on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Wyndham Hotel at 2500 Carlisle NE in Albuquerque. Registration has closed for the event.