Paul Haber awarded the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika
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On Republic Day each year, the President, on behalf of the Government and people of Malta, pays public tribute to a number of Maltese citizens who distinguish themselves in different fields of endeavour, by appointing them to The National Order of Merit or to the Xirka gieh ir-Repubblika, or by awarding them the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.
Nationals of other countries may be conferred with honorary membership of the Order or of the Xirka or awarded the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika on an honorary basis. In rarer cases the Midalja ghall-Qlubija can be awarded, even posthumously, to a Maltese citizen for an act of exceptional bravery.
This year’s Investiture Ceremony again took place at The Palace, Valletta, this morning, immediately following the customary Ceremonial Parade held at the Palace Square.
The awards made are as follows:
PROSPERO GRECH K.O.M.
Grech was born in 1925 in Birgu. He studied at the Lyceum and served as gunner in the University Home guard during the war. In 1943 Grech joined the Augustinian Order and seven years later was ordained at San Giovanni Laterano in Rome.
ALFRED BONNICI U.O.M.
Born in St Julians, Bonnici received his education at St Aloysius College, the Lyceum and the University of Malta where he graduated BPharm (1954), MD (1958) and MA (Melit) in 2011. In 1973 he graduated at The Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine (UK). Served as member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
TIMOTHY ROWLAND MORLEY M.O.M.
Born in 1939, Morley was educated at Wellington College before going to Cambridge University to read medicine.
VICTOR AQUILINA M.Q.R.
Born in Sliema in 1942, Aquilina joined the Malta Allied Newspapers in 1964 as a reporter. He also served as features editor, and later deputy editor. Aquilina has been writer for The Times since 1971. He was also Malta correspondent for the Associated Press and United Press International.
CARMELO CAMILLERI M.O.M.
Born in Valletta in 1954, Camilleri is the fourth generation of C. Camilleri & Sons – popularly known as Camilleri tal-Helu.
GEORGE CAMILLERI M.O.M.
Born in Valletta in 1936, Camilleri received his education at the Lyceum and later at the University of Malta where he qualified Bachelor of Dental Surgery (1957). He subsequently continued his postgraduate education, obtaining a HDD (1959) from Glasgow and a FDSRCS (1960) from Edinburgh. He
NICHOLAS DE PIRO D’AMICO INGUANEZ M.O.M.
Born in St Julian’s, De Piro is the ninth baron of Budach, KM. He was educated at Worth Preparatory School and at Downside, United Kingdom.
ETHEL FARRUGIA M.O.M.
At a young age Ethel Farrugia was already interested in the theatre and acted with many local companies including the MADC.
After she joined the British Council, she was stunned
ACHILLE MIZZI M.O.M.
Born in sabbar in 1939, Mizzi was educated at the De La Salle College, the Seminary and the University of Malta. He is a poet.
MICHAEL J. SCHIAVONE M.O.M.
Born in Senglea, Schiavone received his education at St Augustine College and the Archbishop’s seminary. He graduated BA (Hons.) from the University of Malta in 1990. Has spent many years as editor and publuisher.
FRANCIS STIVALA M.O.M.
Born in Sliema, Francis Stivala read for a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and a Master of Science in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Malta.
Stivala is the pioneer in developing the local industry of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
GAETANO VELLA M.O.M.
Born in 1960, Vella proved to be a proficient trade unionist that eventually served as Secretary General of the Union Haddiema Maghqudin for a number of years.
MIDALJA GHALL-QADI TAR-REPUBBLIKA
GRACE ATTARD M.Q.R.
Grace Attard, a teacher by profession, is a dedicated voluntary worker in various spheres. She is serving her second term as President of the National Council of Women. During her presidency, the Council was also established as a Centre of Learning in ICT, Empowerment of Women, and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
WILLIAM CHETCUTI M.Q.R.
Born in 1985 and a resident of Manikata, Chetcuti practically won all the local double trap competitions organised by The Malta Shooting Sport Federation and was sponsored by the Malta Olympic Committee to participate in a number of overseas encounters. (Photo above).
THOMAS JULIAN CREMONA M.Q.R
Born in 1988, Mr. Thomas Julian Cremona had to undergo treatment for leukemia at a very tender age. Since the age of 8 years, Cremona has shown a positive disposition to sport and participated in various athletic events on behalf of St. Patrick’s Athletics Club. Rowed the Atlantic to collect money for cancer patients.
Born in Sliema and educated at the Lyceum and the University of Malta, Gusman joined Barclays Bank in 1965 and pursued a career in banking in Malta and Canada, where he settled in 1979. Whilst in Canada he was promoted to Manager and worked for a number of banks.
PAUL HABER M.Q.R.
Born in 1940 in Xewkija, Gozo, Paul Haber, the eldest of twelve siblings started his education at The Gozo Seminary where art did not feature in the school curriculum, but this did not deter him from pursuing an artistic career. Inspired by his father’s love of art and nature, he proceeded in taking his first course by correspondence in 1958. Following his secondary education, he proceeded to cross over to Malta to attend the Malta School of Art, taking sculpture as his preferred field of study under master Gorg Borg.
Paul left Malta in 1962 to study art and later specialised in ceramics in three different colleges in the UK and another two in Italy. Early in his artistic career Paul adopted a contemporary style of his own.
His versatility and love of clay as his chosen medium is manifested in the myriad shapes, textures and colours which capture moods and transmit vibes that whether one is able to unravel or not, is left in awe of the enigmatic forces conveyed.
ROSA MICALLEF JUDGE M.Q.R.
Rosa Micallef Judge started her music career in Malta obtaining the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music. She continued her studies as an Associated Board Scholar in Pianoforte and Harp at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In 1970 she was appointed Hon. Representative in London
CARMELO VELLA M.Q.R.
Vella was born in Rahal Adid in 1936. Later his family moved to Birzebbuga and then to St. Julians where he spent his formative years. In 1954 Vella migrated to Australia. Has edited for many years The Maltese Herald in Sydney for Maltese emigrants in Australia.
Photo – Paul Haber.