Guam – Senator Sam Mabini has been named one of the “Top Outstanding Filipino Women on Guam.” In celebration of the Filipino Ladies Association of Guam’s 50th Anniversary and Philippine Week festivities, the Filipino Ladies Association of Guam (FLAG) held its annual Sampaguita Recognition Awards at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa this past Monday, June 6.
Senator Mabini was honored as one of the top 10 women who received the award. She was nominated by FLAG president Lynda A. Tolan.
The Sampaguita Award is a special recognition awarded to the “Top Outstanding Filipino Women on Guam” who have made a difference in other people’s lives in the community through their profession, volunteer works, talents, contributions, civic involvement, advocacies and personal accomplishments. Other recipients of the 2011 Sampaguita awards are Nenita Baldovino, Winnifred Butler, Dr. Vivian Dames, Annette David, Otilia Bernal Goden, Marie Halloran, Regine Biscoe Lee, Filomena Cantoria, Milagros Moguel, Dr. Marie Paz and Atilana Rambayon.
The sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines, usually made into garlands or various decorations and bestowed to welcome visitors. The sampaguita is symbolic to FLAG, used in its club song as well as its biggest fundraiser, The Miss Sampaguita Ball, which funds FLAG’s scholarship to young Filipino students attending the University of Guam.