Brunei Prince Receives Highest Filipino Award

August 1, 2007 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prince Mohamed Bolkiah. (Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda/Brunei Govenrment Photo)



MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 01 Aug) – The Philippines has awarded Brunei Prince Mohamed Bolkiah the prestigious Order of Golden Heart.

President Gloria Arroyo gave the award during Prince Mohamed Bolkiah’s courtesy call. Prince Bolkiah is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei.

The Order of Golden Heart with the rank of Grand Cross is the Philippines’ highest award traditionally given by the government to a person who has made a great contribution to the country’s peace and development efforts.

“Thank you for this wonderful recognition,” Prince Bolkiah told the Filipino leader.

The award presentation took place at the sidelines of the welcome dinner hosted by President Arroyo in Malacanang for all ASEAN foreign ministers and heads of delegation of the ASEAN member countries on Tuesday.

Prince Bolkiah was recognized for being instrumental in the approval and implementation of the Brunei government’s scholarship program that benefits Madrasah teachers and administrators and the construction of religious, educational and sports facilities in Mindanao.

He was also cited for his favorable response to Manila’s request for deployment of Brunei cease-fire observers as part of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao.

He has consistently supported also the Philippines’ bid for observer status in the influential Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and other candidatures in international bodies, and has constantly advocated peace-building efforts in Southern Philippines.

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