|The late Archbishop Anthony Pantin has been declared a National Icon. The announcement was made last Monday night at an awards ceremony at Hilton Trinidad, hosted by the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development. Archbishop Pantin was one of 60 Icons honoured on the night, which was the Government’s last major activity in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Independence.|
The public had been invited to nominate persons who contributed to the development of T&T since Independence and nominations were received in such spheres as Arts/Culture, Business/Entrepreneurship, Public Service/Community Service, Media, Sport, Religion, Politics/Philosophy, and Academia. Archbishop Pantin – who served as the first local Archbishop of Port of Spain from 1968 until his death in 2000 – has been named a National Icon in the category of Religion.
In an address at the awards ceremony, Minister Bhoe Tewarie stated: “The Icons we celebrate this evening represent people whom we can admire, learn from, seek to emulate and to whom we can pay respect.
They have set the standard for themselves and raised the bar for the entire society. This evening, collectively our Icons prompt us all to reach for higher heights and to nurture loftier aspirations.”