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Today is a Good Day for Filipinos

Three of our countrymen have distinguished themselves in the fields of athletics, philanthropy, and journalism.
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Today is certainly a day of victories for Filipinos. Congratulations are in order for Louie Sangalang, Clarissa Delgado, and Manny Mogato have just distinguished themselves in the fields of athletics, philanthropy, and journalism, respectively. 

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Louie Sangalang 



This athlete and teacher has just set a record as the first Filipino cancer survivor to complete the FWD North Pole Marathon. Organized by insurance company FWD, this is "the only certified marathon where runners take on the classic 42K race distance entirely on Arctic sea ice in extreme sub-zero weather conditions." Sangalang was trained by the likes of Romi Garduce, who was one of the first Filipinos to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

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Clarissa Delgado

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Delgado has been chosen as part of the Obama Foundation's inaugural batch of fellows. The organization selected 20 out of 20,000 applicants from 191 countries. Its purpose is to "support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation."

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Delgado obtained the fellowship thanks to her work as CEO of Teach for the Philippines—an organization that recruits young leaders to teach for two years in public schools around the country. Since 2012, Teach for Philippines has been providing quality education to as many Filipino children as possible. 

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Manny Mogato

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Reuters reporter Mogato has just been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, together with Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall. They won the prize for Duterte's War, a series of stories on the administration's crackdown on drugs. The Puitzer Prize Board commended the trio's "relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs."

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