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Cordillera’s 2018 outstanding students conferred

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)


Baguio Tourist Attractions

Marker of the Philippine Commission's First Session in Baguio

This is the site of the building where the members of the Philippine Commission met from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. The Commission was composed of Governor General Luke Wright, president, and Commissioners Henry Ide, Dean C. Worcester, T Padre Tavera, Benito Legarda, Jose de Luzuriaga, James Smith and Cameron Forbes.

Kennon Road and its Builder

Tourist-Spots-in-BaguioNamed after Col. Lyman W. Kennon, who was the final builder of the famous Benguet road, with the help of the industrious Cordillerans and foreign workers. Kennon road is the shortest and the most scenic highway linking Baguio and the lowlands. The lion's head can be found along the way. Final construction of this road was finished in 1903. Col. L. Kennon first ascended to Baguio in 1905. Of the original workers, the Igorots and Japanese were admired for their trustworthiness and willingness to work. Kennon was closed to traffic after the July 16, 1990 earthquake. It is now open to light vehicles only.

Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill

diplomatIn May 1911, the councils of the Province of the Dominican Order voted to construct a vacation house in Baguio on a 17-hectare property they had acquired when the American authorities were encouraging people to come here. Actual work started in 1913 under Fr. Roque Ruano and the building was inaugurated on May 23, 1925. To take advantage of the tax exemptions a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario was opened in June 1915 but due to the very small enrollment the school closed in 1917, reverting the building to the original vacation house. During WWII refugees first occupied it. Later the Japanese Army Liberation Forces had to bomb out the refugees from the buildings. The five hits left very extensive damage and for a time it was left unrepaired. Reconstruction was started in 1947 and completed in 1948 with most of its pre-war grandeur and beauty restored. In 1973, Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership, remodeled the interior into a 33-bedroom hotel with modern facilities, but retained the unique and distinct personality of the Dominican Hill. In the 80's the hotel ceased operations due to the death of one of its majority stockholders. Plans are underway to develop this historical religious landmark into a tourist resort.

Philippine Military Academy

PMAThe Philippine Commission promulgated Act No. 175, which became the basis for the creation of the Philippine Constabulary in August 8, 1905. The school for the officers of the constabulary was first located in Sta. Lucia Barracks in Manila. Later in 1908, it was relocated in Baguio on the site known as Constabulary Hill later renamed Camp Henry T. Allen, in honor of the first chief of the Philippine Constabulary. With the passage of the Jones Law, the school was later changed to "Academy for Officers of the Philippine Constabulary" with a two-year curriculum. In 1908, the course was raised to collegiate level and later lengthened to three years with class 1938 as having the last graduates of that course. When the commonwealth government was established in 1935, the Philippine Military Academy was created in place of the Philippine Constabulary Academy. Under the National Defense Act, the PMA was authorized to maintain cadet strength of 350. Because of increased population, the academy transferred to Teachers Camp in June 1936 where it remained until WWII broke out. After the war the PMA headquarters was temporarily relocated at Camp Murphy and later at Alabang, while Camp Allen was being rehabilitated. Since May 1950 the Philippine Military Academy has found its permanent home at Fort del Pilar, Loakan, Baguio City.

The Mansion

The-Mansion-Baguio-CityThis imposing and majestic mansion has a long list of Filipino Presidents and American governor-generals. It has elegantly structured building and guesthouse. Its gate is patterned after that of London's Buckingham Palace. The Mansion has also been the site of several international conferences and a working office of the President of the Philippines during his visits to the City.

Camp John Hay

camp-john-hay-amphitheaterThis former American recreational facility is currently undergoing development as a world class resort. As of March 27, 1999, the golf course was completed and is now open, The skating rink, picnic area, and the mini golf course at the Scout Hill area are likewise open.

Asin Hot Spring

Located 16 kilometers northwest of Baguio, the resort's main feature is a swimming pool surrounded by thermal springs, lush vegetation and several hanging bridges. It is an ideal respite. This is now eyed to be redeveloped into a tourism resort along with the adjoining tourist attractions of Tuba and Baguio.

Bell Church

The-Bell-Church-of-Baguio-CityThis cluster of temples is located on the border of Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. Its exotic oriental architecture, pagodas roof, ornate gateway, dragon ornaments and Buddha - guarded windows gaze from atop a hill. The Bell Temple priest practices a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. One may even try having his fortune told.

Burnham Park

Burnham-Park-BaguioIt is the oldest of all Baguio parks. One can unwind from the tension of the day-to-day bustle by biking, skating or simply reflecting on the day's experiences amid a soothing garden backdrop of colorful flowers. It is thickly wooded and is a great place to have picnics and concerts. There are tennis and basketball courts, a football field, athletic oval and an orchidarium.

Mines View Park

Mines-View-Park-Baguio-CityAppropriately named for its breathtaking view of Benguet's mountain ranges where gold, silver and other ores were once quarried. There are souvenir shops around the park offering such items as woodcarvings, woven cloth, ashtrays, shell products and other curio items.

Wright Park

It is sometimes mistakenly called "Ride Park" by some that identify this pine tree park reserve for kiddy horse rides. A long stairway leads to the "Pool of the Pines", a 100 meter long pool of water lined on both sides by the famous Baguio towering pine.