Queen Elizabeth II honoring a Filipino driver with Medal of the British Empire for her long service that attracts British ambassadors to Manila and some members of the royal family in their Philippine visits.
In post on Facebook, the British ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruss announced that Roland Quitevis was recognized as "his services for relations between the UK and the Philippines".
"I'm glad to tell you that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has honored Mr. Roland Quitvis with the British Empire Medal for his services in Philippine-British relations," said Rush.
"This is a well-deserved recognition of Roland's long service at the embassy, especially the ambassador's guide," he continued.
Quitevis served as the official leader of eight British Ambassadors in the Philippines in his 33-year internship at the British Embassy.
In particular, he has driven some members of the Royal Family during his visits to the country Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Anne and Prince Charles,
"It was such an unforgettable experience for me to meet each of them personally," said the Ilocos driver.
"In fact, during Anne's last visit to the country, she commented that I was very young when I first came to Manila and visited the local community in Clark after the eruption of the volcanic volcano Pinatubo from 1991,
In the UK, he has taken two comprehensive driving courses since 1999 and 2013, where he has had the opportunity to attend specialized trainings and training camps designed to enhance his skills as a diplomatic guide.
Former Quitevis colleagues at the embassy were delighted with his confession, which made them tell their days with him.
"Congratulations, Manong Gob !!! I still remember the first day I started working for the British embassy, palagi mo jako tinutukso. So we are proud of our achievements. Sure, Manang Arlene Hernze and the rest of your family feel the same! "Wrote Jinka Ikai.
"Fantastic! Well-earned Roland!" Still have many memories of our time in the Philippines (1993-1996) Congratulations– writes Eileen Newlands.
He was also honored with Award for recognition of services for his excellent service from the former British envoy Steven Lily,
Quitevis first worked for the British embassy as an ambassador after moving to Manila by Ilocos Sur at the age of 22.
What is the British Empire?
The British Medal of the Empire (BME) is awarded to persons who have been recognized by the British Crown for their "deserved civilian or military service".
It recognizes the "practical" serving of the local community, which can be a long-term charity or volunteer activity or innovative work that has made a "significant difference" within a short period of 3 to 4 years.
The recipients of this medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "BEM" after their name.
Earlier people who have been recognized are footballer Stephen Baxter, British adviser Kevin Nicholson and mountaineer John Stokes.