Agricultural Scientist, Dr. Nelly Aggangan’s achievement in the development of cheap, easy and environment friendly biofertilizer named Mykovam that contributed to the advancement and promotion of our country’s agricultural sector led her to attain the most prestigious “Father Jose Burgos Award” given by the provincial government. Aggangan finished her Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Biotechnology at Murdoch University in Australia and her research earned recognition as 2016 Gawad Saka Outstanding Agricultural Scientist in regional and national level. The biofertilizer she had introduced contains different strains and species of fungi that can partially or totally replace chemical fertilizers. This has been adopted by farmers in the country. Governor Ryan Singson together with Vice Gov.Jerry Singson and members of the Provincial Board conferred the Father Jose Burgos Award to Dr. Nelly Aggangan and to the seven other awardees who include Dr. Solita Evangeline Soliven Banez who earned numerous awards and recognition as Most Outstanding Researcher in the Philippines and in international settings; Dr. Edelyn Cadorna, whose most notable achievement is an Outstanding Researcher of the Philippines Award and Best Abstract Award in 2015 by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research; and Atty. Estrella “Star” Singson Querubin who became the first beauty Queen lawyer which she successfully depicted when she won the title Mutya ng Pilipinas – World 1989 and admitted to the Bar in 1999. Special awards were also conferred to Mrs. Grace Cardona, Municipal Agriculturist of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur and Mr. Diosdado Mendoza Jr., Municipal Corn Program Coordinator of the same municipality for garnering a Hall of Fame Award as Outstanding Municipal Agriculturist and Municipal Corn Program Coordinator respectively for their outstanding extension services towards the production of quality corn; Benedict Verbo for his works of art exhibited with various group exhibitions in local, national and international setting: and the youngest awardee, Mecel Angela Gadut, an Elementary Pupil and a pride of Candon City and Province of Ilocos Sur who triumphantly brought home a Silver Medal in the 12th Asian Schools Chess Chmapionship, Category “U7 Girls” Standard Section, held in Teran, Iran in July 9-19, 2016. They also received ten thousand pesos each from the provincial government. Governor Singson said that this year’s awardees were Ilocos Surians who have excelled in their field of expertise and whose achievements will continue to inspire the people of the province. The Father Jose Burgos Award is the most prestigious award given to residents- achievers of the Province of Ilocos Sur. The conferment of this award is one of the main highlights of the Kannawidan Ylocos Festival that commemorates the foundation day of Ilocos Sur as separate province by virtue of a Spanish Royal Decree in February 2, 1818.