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Filipino Achievers

Lea Salonga is the first Filipina to win the Laurence Olivier Award, the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Performace by an Actress in a Musical as she played the original role of Kim in Miss Saigon. She also performed in the musical plays Les Miserables at London's Royal Albert Hall, Broadway's Flower Drum Song, around the Philippines and Singapore in the productions Grease, They're Playing Our Song, Into the Woods and Baby. She also has Disney film credits in the productions Aladdin, Mulan and My Neighbor Totoro.

Juan Sajid Imao was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for 2006 by the Junior Chamber International (JCI). He views leaving his legacy of excellence through his works and "not being blind to life's blessings."

Antonio Meloto, Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation Head, received the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Award (Asia's version of the Nobel Prize) for Community Leadership, for “harnessing the faith and generosity of Filipinos the world over to confront poverty in the Philippines and provide every family the dignity of a decent home and neighborhood.”

Eugenia Duran Apostol was the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay awardee for journalism, literature and creative communication arts. Apostol was recognized for her "courageous example in placing the truth-telling press at the center of the struggle for democratic rights and better government in the Philippines."

Three high school students bested 30 entries from 20 countries in the 2006 World Robot Olympiad. Their robots where 11 humanoids, robots which displayed human-like characteristics and behavior, that acted as waiter, receptionist, coffee mixer, customer, bar attendant, security guards, pianist, guitarist and a drummer inside a cafe. Their creativity, originality and relevance to the humanoid theme also showcased the culture of Batangas.

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