Active member of the Filipino community, the Catholic Church and member of the Immaculate Conception parish, Oscar Portugal recently received the Father Osmundo Calip Award at the Diocesan Congress of Filipino Catholic Clubs’ convention.
The award, named for the priest who founded the club, is considered the highest honor given to a member of a Filipino Catholic club.
“I’ve had more than 30 years of service,” he said. “I was lucky enough to receive this honor.” Members of every unit of the Filipino Catholic club, like the units of Kaua‘i, nominate their own candidates for the award.
Portugal prides himself on his participation in the pro-life movement, and having met religious and inspirational icons, like the late Mother Theresa and the late Pope John Paul II.
He presided over the Kaua‘i unit of the Filipino Catholic Club 10 years ago, and is still an active member. He is currently the chairman of the statewide convention that will take place on Kaua‘i in November.