Official press release from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs:
19 August 2018 – For her efforts and commitment in public service, incoming Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana was bestowed the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan, the highest award of Quezon Province.
The award was presented to Ambassador Quintana in ceremonies attended by Sen. Sonny Angara, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez and Quezon Governor David Suarez at the Queen Margarette Hotel in Lucena City on 16 August 2018.
A native of Lucena City and Mauban, Ambassador Quintana was recognized for her tireless service to the Filipinos, commitment to public service and excellently representing the Philippines in her various postings in Washington, D. C., China, Ireland and Oman, and until recently as Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Middle East and African Affairs.
“As a Quezonian and as a public servant for the past 25 years, I am honored to receive this award named after President Manuel L. Quezon,” Ambassador Quintana said.
“President Quezon made ‘social justice’ the cornerstone of his philosophy and his ‘open door policy’ made the Philippines a safe haven for Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in the 1930s,” the Ambassador added.
“These are important and inspiring facets of history that make me proud to be a recipient of this award that bears the President’s name,” she stated.
The “Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan” is the highest award given to a native of Quezon who has exemplified the qualities and characteristics of former President Quezon.
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Hjayceelyn Quintana was a recipient of the Fulbright Graduate Student Scholarship in 1998. Through the Fulbright program, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University in Washington D.C. Among her many achievements include ranking first place in the competitive Foreign Service Officers’ Examination in 1992. During her post at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., she contributed high impact projects that strengthened ties among Filipino-American groups. These included the launch of the Philippine-U.S. Congressional Caucus at the U.S. House of Representatives and the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Filipino migration to the U.S.
The Philippine-American Educational Foundation or the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines would like to congratulate her on receiving this well-deserved award.