Central Philippine University

By Karren Jay G. Asgar

Mr. Jonathan Anotado Gapilango together with Connie Yarbro, one of the founders of the Oncology Nursing Society.

Jonathan Anotado Gapilango, MSN, RN, NE-BC, OCN, CCRP, is the first Filipino and the second male oncology nurse recipient of the 2024 Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award by the Oncology Nursing Foundation.

Recently, he was also elected as the President of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, Inc. for 2024–2026 and was awarded as an outstanding professional by the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) in the Divas and Dons Gala.

“As a nurse leader, I can drive change and innovation within healthcare systems. Being able to initiate improvements, advocate for best practices, and create a positive work environment can be incredibly motivating,” he shared during an online interview when he was asked what keeps him motivated as a nurse leader.

According to its website, the recipient receives special recognition through a range of Oncology Nursing Foundation platforms, including press recognition through Oncology Nursing Foundation, including, but not limited to, a feature in the Oncology Nursing Foundation newsletter, a feature on the Oncology Nursing Foundation website, and a press release sent to a list of colleagues and workplace provided by the winner.

“As Centralians, whatever field God has planted us in, may we, through our work, let our actions reflect the values of compassion, integrity, and service inspired by our faith. Let us uphold the principles of love, unity, and humility in all our endeavors, guided by the belief that we are instruments of healing and hope in the world. Together, let our faith shine brightly as we strive to positively impact our communities and uphold the values instilled in us by our dear Central,” Mr. Gapilango’s message to the Centralian community.