Despite of the violence, tragedies and calamities that befall the country in recent times, it is still a bitter sweet year for the Filipinos. The year 2013 proves to be an auspicious and productive year for the Philippines more specifically the Western Visayas region because each and every province in the region except Guimaras Island has produced and won achievements in the international arena something that every Filipino could be proud of. It is a banner year for the whole region because of its accomplishments so far this year. Here are the individuals or personalities and their accomplishments representing provinces in Western Visayas which brought fame, honor and recognition to the country, and won accolades by the Filipino people:
Aklan - JONATHAN YABUT, won The Apprentice Asia Season 1 in Malaysia. He will work closely with his boss, Malaysian magnate Tony Fernandes for a year.
Antique - MEGAN YOUNG, won Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. She will travel to different countries as part of her job as Miss World.
Capiz - a CAPIZNON household service worker inherited six million dollars from her boss in New York, United States. Her reward was attributed to her great kindness, unwavering service and pleasant disposition which was greatly appreciated by her boss.
Iloilo - ILO ILO, a Singaporean true to life film by Anthony Chen about a Singaporean family who hires a Filipina maid during the 1997 Asian Economic Crisis. The film won the Palme D'or at prestigious Cannes International Film Festival and several other awards in different international film festival. It is Singapore's official entry to the 87th Academy Awards or Oscars 2014 Best Foreign Language Film. The film is based on true to life story of TERESITA "AUNTIE TERRY" SAJONIA of the town of San Miguel in Iloilo who spent several years working for a Singaporean family and took care of the child who grew up to be Anthony Chen
Negros Occidental - STEPHANIE RETUYA, Asia's Next Top Model Season 1 runner-up