Filipino-American Felix B. Lopez, division chief of the South East Asia Region of International Affairs Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX) has been awarded the prestigious title of Honorary Commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) last December 1 at the PCG Headquarters, Port Area, Manila, Philippines.
The PCG/PCGA applauded Lopez for helping organize the 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Maritime Safety and Environmental Concerns. That event was attended by the representatives from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Lopez was recognized as an individual who has been vitally important in supporting close relations between the US and the Philippines. He proudly wears the should boards given to him by VADM Rodolfo Isorena, PCG Commandant and VADM Joseph Dy, PCGA National Director.
Lopez was also awarded the PCG/PCGA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in 2010. Lopez also has the distinction of being in the company of Manny Pacquiao, the only eight-division world professional boxing champion, who was awarded a week later.
Division 6, District 11SR of the USCG AUX are in unison in expressing their sincere congratulations to their very own shipmate.