"CEMI" Award

What is a “CEMI” Award?

The “CEMI” Award is the highest honor presented by the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey to an individual for their outstanding achievements and upholding fundamental Puerto Rican values. Nominees for this award are carefully chosen and screened by PRC’s governing body to assure that the candidates’ core social and moral believes are aligned with the organizational mission.

 

Per Taino Indian tradition, “CEMI” is a god, spirit or ancestor. It is also the name given to the religious symbol that is the physical representation of a god. The most common shape for “CEMI” in Puerto Rico is a form with three "points" carved in stone or wood. These idols have carved representations of both humans and animals.

 

Renowned Stone Sculptor Andres Melendez from Comerío, Puerto Rico, works on the design and sculpting of a one-of-a-kind “CEMI” Award, to be presented at the upcoming PRC Convention scheduled for September 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. The name of this year’s “CEMI” Award recipient will be announce on a future date. Stay tuned…!

Past CEMI Award Recipients

1987

Juan R. Vargas, FOUNDER
Jose E. Delgado, COMMUNITY
Iris Martinez-Arroyo, BOARD MEMBER
Angel Dominguez, BOARD MEMBER
Hector E. Guzman, STAFF MEMBER    

1986

Dr. Jose Rosario, FOUNDER
Dr. Gloria Bunilla-Santiago, COMMUNITY
Carmen Vega Morales, BOARD MEMBER
Norma L. Perez, STAFF MEMBER

1985

Rafael Valentin, COMMUNITY

Lydia Trinidad, BOARD MEMBER

Norma L. Perez, STAFF MEMBER

1984

John T. Mendez, COMMUNITY
Lydia J. Valencia, BOARD MEMBER
Staff 1984, STAFF MEMBER

 

 

1983

Miguel A. Rivera , COMMUNITY
Guy Knowles, BOARD MEMBER
Gil Rivera, STAFF PERSON

 

 

1982

Jose L. Maldonado, COMMUNITY
Annette Quijano, BOARD MEMBER
Dean Agosto, STAFF MEMBER

 

 

1981

Maria Magda o’keefe, COMMUNITY
Nina Rios, BOARD MEMBER
Rafael Garcia, STAFF MEMBER

 

 

1980

Tony Vega, COMMUNITY
Juan Roadario, COMMUNITY
Hector Machado, BOARD MEMBER
Orlando Castro, STAFF MEMBER

 

 

1979

Stantos Torres, COMMUNITY
Lydia Marales, BOARD MEMBER
Margarita Santiago, STAFF MEMBER

 

 

1978

Frank Tejeras, COMMUNITY
Jamie Vazquez, BOARD MEMBER
Iliana Okum, STAFF MEMBER
 

 

 

1977

Joseph Rodriguez, COMMUNITY
J. Armando Rodriguez, BOARD MEMBER
Estela McDonnell, STAFF MEMBER

 

 

1976

Martin Oliveras, COMMUNITY
Jose Adames, BOARD MEMBER
Carmen Hyde, STAFF MEMBER
John Gotsch, STAFF MEMBER

 

 

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