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Bay Area Filipino Community leader George Gange was honored at the Jefferson Awards Program held on Thursday, 13 January  at the Herbst Theatre of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Centre. Mr. Gange was among fifty (50) recipients of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service established in 1972 to encourage and recognize individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service. The event was organized jointly by CBS5 and KCBS-AM/FM.


Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. (at right) poses with Mr. and Mrs. George Gange/

Dubbed the “Music Man with a Mission,” Mr. Gange plays Filipino folk melodies with his Filipino Veterans Rondalla group to bring smiles to the faces of listeners, from veterans in Palo Alto to seniors in nursing homes. He is also known for raising funds for a range of worthy causes and serves as community coordinator in bringing the consular services of the Philippine Consulate General to San Jose. For his tireless efforts in serving the Filipino American Community in Northern California, Mr. Gange received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Individuals and Organizations Overseas (Banaag category) from President Benigno S. Aquino III in official ceremonies held at Malacaṅan Palace in Manila last 14 December.

Recipients of the Jefferson Awards