Six Negrenses who have remarkable achievements abroad will be honored at the opening rites of the Global Pinoy Center (GPC) on Thursday, September 8, 2010 at 4PM at the Northwing Event Centre of SM City Bacolod.
The honorees are Ballet Dancer Georgette Sanchez, Chef Virgelio Jun Celis Jr., Fashion Designer & Businessman Dr. Bobi Rodero, and Group Vocalists AnaKatrina, Ana Kristina and Kristopherson Madrigal.
Sanchez is currently a member of the Tanztheater Darmstadt in Germany. She finished Bachelor of Performing Arts major in Dance from the De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde. She underwent dance training with Ballet Philippines and CCP Dance School in 1991-1994 and nominated as one of the “Young Dancers to Watch” in 2004 by the Critic's Surveys of trade magazine Ballet-Trans and Dance Europe and named “The Best Dancer” for Karole Armitage's “10 Poems”. She is also the silver medalist in the 9th Concours International de Danse de Paris in the Contemporary Dance Category in 2000.
Chef Jun is an instructor in culinary studies with the West Negros University. He started as a cook for a floating Chinese restaurant then he moved to become a Pastryman for Leisure Cruises Ltd. For several years he worked his way up in the kitchen until 2009 when he became a Sous Chef for RMS Queen Mary 2, which is the biggest transatlantic ocean liner in the world until 2006. He is going on board the same ship again in 2011.
Bob is an accomplished classical pianist, pipe organ specialist and philanthropist. He a PhD in Mathematics and Education Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northwestern University in Chicago. As a product developer, he has created dresses for celebrities like the late Princess Diana through the Catherine Walker label in London and for the Crown Princess of Norway through the Nina Skarra Label in Oslo. He divides his time between London where he runs his own product development consultancy firm and Oslo, Norway where he is a consultant for Nina Skarra Designs and Hong Kong where he is a partner in a major manufacturing firm.
Ana Katrina, Ana Kristina and Kristopherson Madrigal, are known as the young voices of Negros. They won the 2009 World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) as the Junior Grand Champion Group Vocalists of the World held in Los Angeles, California last July 11-19, 2009. The Madrigal siblings also competed this year in the Singapore Junior Performing Arts Competition. Kristopherson Madrigal won the gold medal in Solo Pop, 7-10 years old category. Ana Kristina won the gold medal in Solo Pop, 11-14 years old category and Ana Katrina won the silver medal in the Solo Pop, 15-19 years old category. Together, they received the 2010 Ani Ng Dangal Award of the National Commission for the Culture and Arts given by then President Gloria Arroyo at Malacañang Palace in February 26,2010.
SM Supermalls through its GPC project, a one-stop shop that will serve as a hub for all services that is important to the OFWs and their families recognizes the Filipinos who have made a distinct mark in their respective field making them worthy to be called as our Notable Global Pinoys. The center offers services such as remittances, communication facilities, shopping and even skills training, investment and legal consultations.