P-Noy confers Order of the Golden Heart on Del Mundo
- Aurea Calica () - August 12, 2011 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino conferred yesterday the Order of the Golden Heart with the rank of Grand Collar posthumously on national scientist Fe del Mundo during the state necrological services held at the Department of Science and Technology compound in Bicutan, Taguig.

Del Mundo, the country’s distinguished pediatrician and national scientist, passed away on Aug. 6 at the age of 99.

In his speech, the President said it is his and the country’s honor to bestow such an award on the “Grand Dame of Philippine Pediatrics and Medicine.”

Aquino lauded Del Mundo for her achievements, saying these should serve as inspiration for the birth of “a thousand more Fe del Mundos” who would help improve the lives of Filipinos.

“As the nation mourns the passing of Fe del Mundo, the legacy that she leaves behind gets highlighted in the field of medicine and humanitarian works. The passing of Del Mundo would hopefully signal the birth of a thousand more Fe del Mundos ready to utilize their talent and intelligence to make lives better for Filipinos, not minding the sacrifices that have to be made for public service,” Aquino said.

The President earlier conferred the same award on veteran comedian Rodolfo Quizon, popularly known as Dolphy, for his contribution to the local entertainment industry as well as his charitable works.

The Order of the Golden Heart gives official recognition to Filipinos or foreigners that “have rendered distinguished services or given noteworthy monetary or other material aid, encouragement to the campaign for the amelioration and improvement of the moral, social, and economic conditions of the Filipino masses, and for volunteerism in the service of the Filipino masses.”

The late President Ramon Magsaysay established the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart in 1954 and the first awardee was Helen Keller from the United States in 1955.

Aquino said Del Mundo reached the peak of her profession but “she never forgot to serve the people and spend her energy in doing research on solutions for various illnesses.”

The President praised Del Mundo for her selfless service and dedication to uplifting the lives of her countrymen, especially children in the rural areas suffering from diseases.

AQUINO DEL DEL MUNDO DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY GRAND COLLAR GRAND COLLAR OF THE ORDER OF THE GOLDEN HEART GRAND DAME OF PHILIPPINE PEDIATRICS AND MEDICINE HELEN KELLER MUNDO MUNDOS ORDER OF THE GOLDEN HEART
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