2 Filipino Nurses Honored in UK
The Philippine Embassy in London recently honored 2 Filipino nurses for their exemplary achievements and for being a source of pride for the Philippines.
Nurse of the Year
Clinical charge nurse Junjun Medran was awarded as “Nurse of the Year” at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals 2011 Star Awards last month.
“He has been described by the awards committee and the voters as being “kind, approachable and always ready to listen to any problem and always makes an effort to solve them.”
Nurse Junjun is a native of Mindoro and first arrived in UK in the year 1999. He was a runner-up “Nurse of the Year” last year. His “God-centred values” and “Filipino compassion” were singled out as the key traits that won him the award.
He is now a clinical site manager at the Royal Surrey County Hospital where there are some 200 Filipino nurses.
The DFA said Medran bested some 80 other nominees in the category, most of them British nationals.
Meanwhile, Danny Favor was elected as a Town Councillor for East Grinstead Ashplats in May 2011.
Mr. Favor garnered 893 votes largely from British supporters. It was the first time that a Filipino won a public election in the UK.
East Grinstead has a population of approximately 20,000, with a very small ethnic minority population. There are some 300 Filipinos in the area, but only 20 are registered to vote in UK elections.
Mr. Favor arrived in the UK in 2000 to work as a nurse. He quickly rose from being a Filipino community leader to a cross-cultural public servant in the quaint and historic town in southeast England.
A native of Camarines Sur, Mr. Favor was also recognized with a Service Improvement Award in March this year for his work as a nurse practitioner in Queen Victoria Hospital, West Sussex.
According to him, Filipinos in the UK have “great potentials” to be leaders, not only of fellow Filipinos but of other nationalities as well, mainly because of their “work ethic, willingness to serve and firm commitment to do what they promise.” He also said that “under the right circumstances” he would consider running for a national position.
There are an estimated 250,000 Filipinos living in the UK, making them the largest Filipino community in Europe.