The Gawad Mabini is conferred on Filipinos who have rendered distinguished foreign service, or helped promote the interests and prestige of the Philippines abroad. It was established by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 490, s. 1974 in honor of Apolinario Mabini, the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the First Republic of the Philippines. It was codified in 2003 by virtue of the Honors Code of the Philippines.

According to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Honors Code, the Gawad Mabini shall be conferred for

  • an individual act of merit, such as: contributing substantially to the evacuation of Philippine nationals from a danger zone;

  • individual acts of merit in the provision of consular services or the protection of Philippine nationals;

  • exemplary performance in an international negotiation or mission; and

  • other individual acts of merit reflective of the finest traditions of the Foreign Service.

The last Gawad Mabini conferment ceremony took place on June 26, 2012

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Entries on the 2012 Gawad Mabini Awards:

Speech of President Aquino on the 148th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, July 26, 2012

Remarks of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs on the 148th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, July 26, 2012

President Aquino lauds the DFA for its continuing efforts in promoting three pillars of PHL foreign policy

DFA honors its outstanding diplomats and staff

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Who may be conferred the Gawad Mabini?

  • Personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs, both in the Home Office and in the Foreign Service, who have served at least a minimum of four years;

  • Filipinos who have rendered distinguished service or promoted the interests of the Republic of the Philippines at home and abroad.

It may also be conferred ad diploma{{1}} on those who provided substantive support to a foreign visit by the President or who contributed concretely to the successful preparation and/or hosting by the Philippines of a major international event.  In this context the Gawad Mabini would be conferred for events at the level equivalent of the Vice President and above.

The award is composed of three ranks:

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong) – Conferred upon a former or incumbent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Mission, Cabinet member, or other high official who heads a Philippine delegation to an important international conference on a ministerial level, and, as a result thereof, has made substantive contributions to public interest and public welfare.

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo) – Conferred upon an officer with a rank between career minister to Foreign Service Officer class IV, or upon personnel of a government agency who serves as an Attache in a Foreign Service establishment, as recommended by the Chief of Mission or the Principal Officer of the post served, as the case may be, or by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, in the case of personnel in the Home Office.

Member (Kasugo) – Conferred upon a staff officer or employee of the DFA, as recommended by the Chief of Mission or the Principal Officer of the post served, as the case may be, or by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, in the case of personnel in the Home Office.

Insignia of the Gawad Mabini

The insignia of the Gawad Mabini is a stylized Romanian Cross with a red triangle in the center with stars on each corner and which bears the image of Apolinario Mabini. It is surrounded by three stylized letter Ks. The composition of the medal for a Grand Cross is silver gilt, while, for Commander and Member, is gilded bronze or copper. The ribbon is composed of three equal stripes, red, yellow, and blue, evoking the colors of the Philippine flag.

Process of nomination and conferment

The Department of Foreign Affairs recommends the conferment of the Gawad Mabini on individuals.

The Gawad Mabini may be conferred by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the name and by authority of the President.

Roster

Name

Rank

Year

Imelda Romualdez Marcos

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1978

Leon Ma. Guerrero

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1982

Aide Fune

Member (Kasugo)

1993

Bahnarim Abu Guinomla

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

1993

Leon Rodion Roxas

Member (Kasugo)

1993

Luz Palacios

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1993

Marciano A. Paynor, Jr.

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

1993

Petronilo de la Cruz

Member (Kasugo)

1993

Renato Villapando

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

1993

Romulo Buhat

Member (Kasugo)

1993

Rosendo Crucillo

Member (Kasugo)

1993

Cristina Ortega

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

1994

Diosdado Macapagal

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1994

Hortencio Brillantes

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1994

Mariano Dumi

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

1994

Melchor P. Aquino

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1994

Melita Sta. Maria

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

1994

* Narciso R. Ramos

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1994

Narciso Reyes

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1994

Ricardo Andaya

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

1994

Arturo Tolentino

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1995

Leticia Ramos-Shahani

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1995

Leandro Verceles

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1996

Salvador Laurel

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1996

Ruben Espedilla

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1997

* Delfin Garcia

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1998

Manuel Yan

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1998

* Modesto Farolan

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1998

Rafael Ileto

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1998

Leonides Caday

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

1999

Federico Macaranas

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2001

Felipe Mabilangan, Jr.

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2001

Mamintal Tamano

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2001

Manuel Collantes

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2001

Rora Navarro-Tolentino

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2001

Samuel Ramel

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2001

Tomas Padilla

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2001

Catherine P. Maceda

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2003

Cotawato M. Arimao

Member (Kasugo)

2003

Fortunato D. Oblena

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2003

Grace R. Princesa

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2003

Jasmin P. Aragon

Member (Kasugo)

2003

Joel Nunag

Member (Kasugo)

2003

Philip M. Figueroa

Member (Kasugo)

2003

Ronald M. Joves

Member (Kasugo)

2003

Roy Cimatu

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2003

Carlos P. Romulo

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2005

Aian Caringal

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Benito Valeriano

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Brian Dexter Lao

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Carlos Sorreta

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Claro Cristobal

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Dennis Lepatan

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Domingo T. Lucenario

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Edwin Mendoza

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Erlinda Basilio

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Esteban Cornejos

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Evan Garcia

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Ezzedin Tago

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Gen. Honesto Lactao

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Jason Jovencio Anasarias

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Jerril Santos

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Leah Victoria Rodriguez

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Lorena Joy Banagodos

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Luis T. Cruz

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Ma. Angelina M. Sta. Catalina

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Ma. Teresa Lepatan

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Marciano A. Paynor, Jr.

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Maria Andrelita Austria

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Maria Elena Algabre-Misrahi

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Mary Ann Padua

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Minda Calaguian Cruz

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Orontes Castro

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Ramon Gaspar

Member (Kasugo)

2007

Raymond Balatbat

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Robert Borje

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Romeo Manalo

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2007

Sylvia Marasigan

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Teresesa Dizon de Vega

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Teresita Daza

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2007

Donna Celeste

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2010

Eleanor L. Jaucian

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2010

Fernando V. Beup, Jr.

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2010

Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2010

Henry S. Bensurto

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2010

Junaid Ali

Member (Kasugo)

2010


Marilyn J. Alarilla

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Rodolfo A. Arizala

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Claro S. Cristobal

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Laura Q. Del Rosario

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Linglingay F. Lacanlale

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Jaime Victor B. Ledda

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Ma. Cleofe R. Natividad

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Cristina G. Ortega

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Renato L. Villapando

Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong)

2012

Elmer G. Cato

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2012

Andre Peter C. Estanislao

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2012

Marlowe A. Miranda

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2012

Roussel R. Reyes

Commander (Dakilang Kasugo)

2012

Edwin Juan A. Batallones

Member (Kasugo)

2012

Amerrah P. Dianalan-Tahir

Member (Kasugo)

2012

Yolanda S. Ofiana

Member (Kasugo)

2012

Arturo V. Romua

Member (Kasugo)

2012

Ebrahim T. Zailon

Member (Kasugo)

2012

[[1]] When an honor is conferred ad diploma, only the diploma is presented to the recipient. The recipients of awards ad diploma may, at their discretion, procure the insignia on their own account.[[1]]