Barely two months after receiving the Gusi Peace Prize Award, Fr. Marciano “Rocky” G. Evangelista, SDB was honored once again, this time by People Asia Magazine as one of the 2010 People of the Year awardees along with 11 other exceptional individuals ”whose lives and achievements have contributed to society in a positive way.” This award was given to Fr. Rocky in recognition of his continuous commitment to serve street children.
The awarding ceremony was held last January 10 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.
President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III delivered the keynote speech. In his message, he called upon the awardees “to join him in his vision of a better Philippines by excelling in their respective fields of expertise.”
Besides Fr. Rocky, the other 2010 People of the Year awardees include Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Miss Universe 4th runner-up Venus Raj, fashion designer Josie Cruz Natori, broadcast journalist Mike Enriquez, furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, floral architect Rachy Cuna, fashion designer Rhett Eala, actor Dingdong Dantes, musician Ryan Cayabyab, architect Felino Palafox, Jr., and PAL President and CEO Jaime Bautista. Special awards were given to Law student and bomb blast survivor Raissa Laurel and Thierry Tea, president and CEO of Eurocopter Phils., who mobilized his helicopters for rescue missions during typhoon Ondoy.