BAGUIO CITY, July 26(PIA) -- The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) – Cordillera for 2018 were conferred during the regional awarding ceremony here on Monday, July 23.
This year’s Outstanding Students in the Cordillera Administrative Region (OSCAR) came from state colleges and universities (SUCs) and private higher education institutions in the region.
The awardees from the SUCs are Von Ameri J. Escobar, Bachelor of Secondary Education from Abra State Institute of Science and Technology; Denmark P. Butic, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ifugao State University; Rachelle Ann D. Velilia, Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics and Alladin A. Bañez, Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness, both from the Benguet State University.
Awardees from the private HEIs are Maria Isadora A. Aquino, Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of the Cordilleras, and Austin Miguelle L. Ogad, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Edgar Christian C. Dirige, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and John Noel E. Fermin, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, all from Saint Louis University.
Completing the list are Joven C. Wadwachan, Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering from the Baguio Central University and Giovanni Lorenz U. Maglalang, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management of STI College Baguio. This is the first time that their schools participated in the search for the TOSP.
TOSP-CAR Board of Trustee, Dr. Ryan Guinaran, said the OSCAR awardees will represent the Cordillera region in the national search of the 57th TOSP.
The OSCAR search is the regional level of the annual national TOSP award, which aims to give due recognition to students who can serve as role models, students who can exemplify academic excellence, exemplary leadership, good moral values and determination to serve God and country.
The students were selected from the 20 finalists from the different colleges and universities in the region following a three-day formation program as part of the screening process aimed at developing and enhancing leadership and building camaraderie among the nominees.
They were then screened by the regional executive committee chaired by Commission on Higher Education-Cordillera OIC Director Geraldine Casipit with members composed of Philippine Information Agency–Cordillera Regional Director Helen Tibaldo, Hotel Supreme Manager Mark Jefferson Ng, Tourism Regional Director Venus Tan and Department of Health Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan.
In her keynote message during the awarding ceremony, Ifugao State University College of Teacher Education Dean, Dr. Jeng Jeng Mandolado-Bolintao, commended the finalists and the awardees for their accomplishment as outstanding students.
Bolintao, herself an OSCAR and National TOSP awardee Batch 2005, encouraged the awardees and finalists to be sensible to the needs of the people around them and their communities.
As outstanding students, they should level up and surpass the achievements of other people but always be responsive and sensible and not to step on others or put others down for them to be uplifted.
“The insights that you have gained while having your formation program, with all the sharing you have had, the experiences you have gone through, carry these with you; may these arm you in continuing your journey in serving and leading,” she said.
Bolintao also called on the school personnel, teachers and administrators and the parents and the rest of the community to have a sense of care and support to all students in order for them to gain moral and boost in studying and living as students.( RMC/PIA CAR & ISU Interns)