Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle recently conferred the Catholic Mass Media Award (CMMA) Hall of Fame Award for "Best Opinion Column" to writer, realty entrepreneur, teacher and Kamuning Bakery Café owner Wilson Lee Floreson Nov. 14 at Star Theater, Star City, CCP Complex, Pasay City.
Apart from winning three Palanca literary awards, this is Wilson Lee Flores' record 15th CMMA Award.
His two previous CMMA Hall of Fame Awards included "Best Business Column."
Last month, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautistaand Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonteconferred on him the city's highest honor, the "Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award."
Wilson Lee Flores was cited for his writings, for saving the city’s pioneer and iconic, 79-year-old Kamuning Bakery Café and his various charities like the non-partisan and issues-focused “Pandesal Forum” for newsmakers to have a dialogue with media, the annual “World Pandesal Day” that gives away 70,000 free breads and other foods to the indigent, and holding medical, dental and optical mission for the urban poor. He has also donated four public school buildings to poor rural regions, the first of which was to the historic seaside town of Balangiga in Eastern Samar.
Last Oct. 14, Wilson Lee Flores was invited to deliver a speech at the international conference on the “Belt & Road Initiative” hosted by Fudan University in Shanghai City in China. On Oct. 20, he was also invited as plenary speaker at the annual convention of the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Wilson says, “I am humbled and grateful for this recognition. Thanks to God who is the source of all blessings. I dedicate this to my late mother who encouraged me to love writing and to my editor who has given me guidance. I believe that doing what we love is its own best reward.”