|Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino|
The Second ASNA Awards Night and Grand Ball, held at the Sison Auditorium, is one of the highlights of the 431st Agew na Pangasinan. The award is the highest recognition given to outstanding Pangasinenses who have excelled, over a lifetime, in their respective fields of endeavor, who have established a reputation that cuts them above the others and, for this reason, have brought pride and honor to the province and to the country at large through their selfless dedication to their profession or vocation. Asna is the old Pangasinense word for asin (salt) from which the name of the province was derived. Seven Pangasinenses were to be so honored.
The 2011 ASNA Awardees are former senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani (sister of former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos) for foreign service; Ms. Alma M. Quintans-Kern (a granddaughter of Don Daniel B. Maramba) for international community leadership; Mr. Marcelo M. Casillan, Jr. for community service, Ms. Joyce E. Bernal for arts and culture (film); and retired Lt.-Gen. Arturo B. Ortiz for humanitarian and military leadership.
The Balitok (a Pangasinense word meaning "gold" or "treasure") Award, a special category for the truly outstanding sons of the province, was conferred to former 5-time House Speaker Jose C. De Venecia, Jr. for Global Leadership and National Artist Salvador Bernal for Theater Design.