Press Release
October 29, 2010


Senator Edgardo J. Angara has been chosen to receive the 2010 Premio Casa Asia Award, for his commitment in the strengthening of relations between Spain and the Philippines. The award is to be given on the 2nd of November in Madrid, Spain.

Casa Asia is a public consortium created in Barcelona, Spain in 2001 which is aimed towards promoting the relations between Spain and Asian countries particularly in the institutional, economic, academic and cultural fields.

A ten-member jury from Casa Asia chose Sen. Angara to be the first recipient of the award from Southeast Asia for his exceptional efforts in renewing the ties between the two countries in terms of cultural and educational endeavors made possible with the aid of legislative measures that he took.

As testament to his dedication to this cause, Angara authored Republic Act No. 9187, which officially declares June 30 as the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day. Now on its 7th year, this initiative has paved the way for the creation of several groundbreaking programs and projects through the cooperation of the two countries.

To this end, a resolution has been filed at the Senate recognizing and allowing Sen. Angara to accept the cash prize and commemorative trophy from Casa Asia. Entitled "A Resolution Granting Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Permission to Receive the 2010 Premio Casa Asia for his Exceptional Contribution Towards Promoting Knowledge, Understanding and Dialogue Between Spain And The Philippines", it gives the consent of the Congress which is needed by any elective officer when receiving awards with a monetary prize from any foreign government.1


11987 Philippine Constitution, Article IX-B, p8, par.(1): "No elective or appointive public officer or employee shall receive additional, double, or indirect compensation, unless specifically authorized by law nor accept without the consent of the Congress, any present, emolument, office or title of any kind from any foreign government"

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