Bicolano typhoon expert wins Geny Lopez award

ABS-CBN AWARDEE - Mike Padua (2nd from right) flanked b y his parents, Architect & Mrs. Franciso Padua Jr., Ms. Bernadette Sambrano and Fr. Nilo E. Tanalega, S.J.

Naga College Foundation proudly reveals another feat of one of its own.

David Michael V. Padua, the popular Mr. Typhoon of Naga City, was awarded the prestigious Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards on Aug. 26, 2010 at the Ateneo de Manila University campus.

Padua has been commended as a regional winner together with one from Daet, Camarines Norte and another winner from Daraga, Albay.  All three, though already regional winners, would still represent Region V as they’ll compete with other finalists for the national level.

Padua is the current director of the NCF Typhoon Preparedness Center. He is also considered an achiever of Naga College Foundation.  He rose to fame during the Typhoon Unding calamity in 2004.  At that time he predicted that the said typhoon would hit Naga City, and indeed it did.  Then Mayor Jesse M. Robredo, used his forecast to warn Nagueños of the upcoming typhoon.

This was Mr. Padua’s turning point as he saved a lot of lives then.  This deed made him one of Naga’s Mayoral Awardees of 2005.  From then on, Padua has been giving early warning signals and typhoon forecasts to  Bicolanos.

As director of the NCF Typhoon Preparedness Center, Padua holds seminars and trainings to help his ‘kababayans’ in early typhoon and flood disaster management.

The Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards is an annual search for modern-day heroes.  Launched in 1995, it gives recognition to ordinary folks who had done heroic acts and extraordinary deeds.

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