THE HAGUE (May 14) – Mrs. Wads Tiongson-Wijnberg, an Overseas Filipino resident of The Hague, was recently awarded the Royal Honor of Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau for her services to the Dutch and Filipino community during an official ceremony.
The distinguished award was given to Wijnberg on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands by The Hague Mayor J. van Aartsen who, in his speech, praised Wijnberg’s outstanding service.
Wijnberg, born in San Fernando, Pampanga in 1938, was recognized for her nearly twenty years of involvement in Stichting Kapatiran (Kapatiran Foundation), a Netherlands-based charity organization whose main mission is to support underprivileged street children and small local communities in the Philippines.
She is the third Filipino awardee of the Order of Orange-Nassau, which is given annually on the occasion of the birthday of the ruling Monarch of the Netherlands, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix.
Wijnberg visited the Philippines last year as delegate to the 2009 Presidential Awards sponsored by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, wherein Kapatiran Foundation was also one of the awardees.
Moreover, Wijnberg is involved in the University of the Philippines Alumni Association, the Samahan ng mga Manggagawang Pilipino Nederland, and BISIG Nederland, where she co-organized activities of socio-political nature.
Present during the official ceremony were Philippine Ambassador to The Hague Romeo Arguelles and Kapatiran Foundation Chairperson Wim Vermeiden.