San Pablo City—The wife of the mayor of San Pablo City, Laguna was recently conferred the Diamond Excellence Award for making it to the Top 20 Inspiring Women of the Philippines list spearheaded by the Inspire Magazine Philippines.
Gem Castillo, wife of San Pablo City Mayor Vicente Amante, received the award last Sept. 27 in ceremonies held at the Okada Grand Hotel and Casino.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this prestigious event. I thank the organizers for choosing me as a Diamond Excellence Awardee, and for making me a part of the Top 20 Inspiring Women of the Philippines,” said Gem, who is called “Mayora” by friends and supporters.
“I didn’t expect that anyone would notice my philanthropic works, especially in my hometown of San Pablo City, Laguna. Ang alam ko lang, kung meron man akong angking kabutihan, ay mas lalo akong naging mabuting tao o mamamayan dahil naging inspirasyon ko ang ama ng aking mga anak na si Mayor Vic Amante,” she added.
“Saksi ako sa tunay na kabaitan nya. Hindi naman po siguro siya magiging mayor for 27 years kung hindi po ramdam ng mamamayan ng San Pablo ang kanyang magagandang ginagawa,” Mayora Gem added.
“Meron nga tayong kasabihan, ‘The more you give, the more you receive.’ Again, thank you so much for the recognition and congratulations to all the awardees,” she ended.
For keeping watch over six orphanages, providing scholarships for college students, and meeting the medical needs of indigents in the city, Mayora Gem Castillo was chosen as one of the awardees of the 2nd Diamond Excellence Awards of Inspire Magazine Philippines.
Besides being a philanthropist, Mayora Gem Castillo was a singer-actress and a former That’s Entertainment member.
The mother of four children, she is also an entrepreneur, managing the Winter Wonderland at Paseo de San Pablo, a food, recreational, and commercial area in Brgy. San Jose, this city.