FOR his advocacy on mitigating climate change, a Thomasian architect and urban planner is one of the “laureates” of this year’s Gusi Peace Prize.

The award for “architecture with global excellence and urban planning” was given to Felino Palafox Jr., founder of Palafox Associates, in ceremonies at the Philippine International Convention Center last Nov. 25.

“We should be more proactive in peacemaking, in mapping, and [in] fabricating a culture of integrity; addressing corruption towards good governance, criminality towards peace and order, and addressing climate change and global warming to enhance and protect the environment,” Palafox said in his speech titled “Peace is cheaper than war.”

A total of 16 laureates were given awards under different categories. Among them is another Filipino, Dr. Yolanda Stern, laureate for “Social Services and International Humanitarianism.”

The annual Gusi Peace Prize, which is on its 10th year, recognizes the efforts of individuals in promoting peace. It is organized by Barry Gusi and named after World War II guerrilla leader Gemeniano Javier Gusi.

Barry Gusi earlier came under fire for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a Philippine ambassador. Gusi, however, has clarified that he had been honorary ambassador of the Northern Marianas. Camille Anne M. Arcilla 

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