Natalio Tabaco proudly
escorts his wife, the late Venancia Catay
during one of the social functions they attended in New York City.
Venancia hailed from Barangay Ubujan, Tagbilaran City. The couple
are blessed with 10 children, all of whom grew up in the U.S.
press release plaque issued by the Office of Public Information.
is the text of the plaque:
Mr. Tabaco is featured
in the book "The Filipino-Americans From 1763 to the Present: Their
History, Culture, and Traditions," by Veltisezar Bautista, which
carries the following citation:
World War II veteran, Natalio D.
Tabaco holds the distinction of being the first Filipino to be recruited
by the United Nations Secretariat in 1946. Born on July 27, 1918
in Barrio (now Barangay) Taloto, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Tabaco received
the United Nations Peace Medal for outstanding service to the U.N.
in 1976. This is the highest medal of honor given to an individual
working for the cause of international peace through the United
(Natalio died of
natural causes on December 10, 2007 in New Hyde Park, NY. He is
buried with his wife here on Long Island, NY, against his wishes.
His children would and could not carry out his wish to be burried
back in Taloto. R.I.P. - Joey Tabaco)
OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
21 DECEMBER 1976
SECRETARY-GENERAL PRESENT UNITED
NATIONS PEACE MEDAL TO NATALIO D. TABACO
SECRETARY-GENERAL KURT WALDHEIM
TODAY PRESENTED AT HEADQUARTERS THE 1976 UNITED NATIONS PEACE MEDAL
TO NATALIO D. TABACO OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARIAT.
MR. TABACO, THE UNITED NATIONS'
FIRST FILIPINO RECRUIT IS ALSO ITS FIRST SECRETARIAT EMPLOYEE TO
BE AWARDED THE PEACE MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE CAUSE
OF UNITED NATIONS PEACE EFFORTS.