A Boholona music teacher was honored as the â€œBest Pinoy Advocateâ€ during the Choose Philippines Awards held on Thursday at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater in Quezon City.
Zosima Acuram, fondly called â€œMam Maming,â€ was given the award for her â€œachievements, passion for work, and love for country which make us even prouder of the Philippines.â€
Acuram, 68, is the conductress and musical director of the Dimiao Children Rondalla which is composed of students who play the bandurria.
The award was given to Acuram by Kim â€œKuya Kimâ€ Atienza and Ai dela Cruz during a nighttime ceremony after outshining four other nominees in the category from various provinces.
Dubbed â€œPassionate Bandurria Teacher of Bohol,â€ Acuram expressed her gratitude through DYRD Balita on Friday.
She said that beyond the award, seeing her students excel in playing the bandurria already brings her joy.
Acuram who was born in March 11, 1948 shared that she learned to play the Bandurria, a Spanish stringed musical instrument of the lute family, when she was five years old.
The Choose Philippines Awards gives recognition to outstanding tourist destinations, accommodations, dishes and awe-inspiring people.
Awardees for other categories are as follows:
For Families: Villa Escudero (Quezon)
For Couples: Stilts Calatagan Resort (Batangas)
For Barkada: Balesin Island (Quezon)
For Solo Travelers: Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Cebu)
Heritage Sites: The Ruins (Negros Occidental)
Islands and Beaches: El Nido Resorts (Palawan)
Mountains and Volcanoes: Mayon Volcano (Albay)
Water Forms: Kawasan Falls (Cebu)
Recreational Spots: Picnic Grove (Tagaytay)
Poultry Dish: Max’s fried chicken
Beef Dish: Rodick’s beef tapa
Pork Dish: Buffalo Bros baby back ribs
Vegetable Dish: Kuya J’s Restaurant’s lumpia presko
Seafood Dish: Shrimp Bucket’s salty eggsperience
Panghimagas (dessert): First Colonial’s Grill sili ice cream
Fusion: Lars buko batchoy
Native Delicacy: Barrio Fiesta’s kare-kare
BEST FESTIVAL: Sinulog (Cebu City)
BEST PINOY ADVOCATE:
Zosima Acuram (Banduria teacher, Bohol)
BEST PINOY AT HEART
Kyle â€œKulasâ€ Jennerman from Canada