Ozanam Award

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The Ozanam Award was founded by Ateneo de Manila in 1937 for the purpose of honoring Christians who have given distinctive and continued service to their fellowmen in accordance with the principles of Justice and Charity. It is given only to laymen or laywomen, and it is intended to emphasize the fact that Catholics and other Christians are also citizens. The more dedicated he or she is in living up to the social teachings of the Church, the better citizen he or she is considered to be, and vice versa. The award is named after Saint Frederick Ozanam, the great French Catholic leader who founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society for the relief of the poor.
2021

Roel Z Cagape

2019
Gloria Laureana SP Rosales

2018
Zenaida Brigida H Pawid

2017
Synergeia Foundation under the leadership of Milwida M Guevara PhD

2014
Teresa Banaynal Fernandez

2011
Randolf S David
Ma Teresa D Vitug

2009
Eriberto B Misa Jr

2008
Sumilao Farmers with Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao

2007
Jose M Tiongco MD
Charles L Cheng MD

2006
Teofilo T Bangayan

2005
Merlie B Mendoza

2004
Cecilio K Pedro

2003
Antonio P Meloto Jr

2002
Ma Cecilia H Magsaysay

2001
Rosemarie M Cabrera (Posthumous)

2000
Rey Magno Teves

1999
Jose T & Teresita Quintos-Deles

1998
Teresita D Baltazar

1997
Ma Teresa F Nieva

1996
Couples for Christ

1995
Billie Mary “Betty” Go-Belmonte (Posthumous)

1994
Hector D & Corazon Juliano-Soliman
Eddie G & Florencia Casanova-Dorotan

1993
Ernesto D Garilao

1991
Mina M Ramirez
Ronald P Guzman
Robert P Guzman

1990
Fasters for the Forest of Bukidnon

1989
Leonor C Sevilla

1988
Jose Ma Lucas

1986
Howard Q Dee

1984
Francisco “Soc” Rodrigo

1982
Victor J Baltazar

1981
Miguel A Magsaysay

1980
Jesus dela Paz
Trinidad dela Paz

1979
Genaro V Ong Jr (Posthumous)

1978
Christian Family Movement

1977
Antonio V Ayala (Posthumous)
Antonio B Lambino Sr

1976
Jesus de Veyra

1971
Juan C Tan

1970
Maximo Soliven

1969
Onofre Pagsanghan

1968
Most Rev Msgr Antonio Y Fortich DD

1966
Josefina Constantino

1961
Francisco Ortigas Jr

1960
Felicidad Alvarez Silva

1959
Jesus A Paredes Jr (Posthumous)

1957
Jesus M Tan

1954
Lorenzo Tañada

1953
Lulu Reyes Besa

1949
Josefa Gonzales de Estrada

1948
Benjamin Gaston

1939
Mariano Santos

1938
Aurora A Quezon

1937
Augusto Cortez

Criteria for Nomination and Selection

The nominee for the Ozanam Award should be:

  1. Any Filipino citizen, layman or laywoman, Catholic or other Christians.
  2. A man or woman of outstanding moral and spiritual integrity in his/her private and public life.
  3. Outstanding in the performance of his/her chosen vocation to which he/she gives himself/herself with unerring devotion and commitment.
  4. Has manifested in his/her private and public life and activities, a fidelity and loyalty to Church and country, as well as concern for the wider social good. Known to be personally committed to and motivated by Gospel values and his/her Christian faith.
  5. Giving unmistakable evidence beyond the ordinary understanding of social justice and social transformation, and giving tangible proof of this in the service he/she gives to his/her fellowmen, especially the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, the sick, and the suffering—in faith, justice and love.
  6. Involved in such work or service for a significant number of years.