The TOSP released the names of the 30 national finalists thru its social media page following the National Screening Assembly held last November 24 at RFM Corporate Center in Mandaluyong City. They were selected from among 79 regional awardees.
TOSP-CAR Board of Trustee, Dr. Ryan Guinaran, said this year has the most number of OSCAR alumni who made as TOSP national finalists since the program was regionalized.
Last year, three Cordilleran students were in the national finals. Mark Lorenzo D. Permalino of Saint Louis University (SLU) was among the 56th TOSP national awardees.
Among the national finalists this year 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; Alladin A. Bañez, Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the Benguet State University; Joven C. Wadwachan, Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering from the Baguio Central University; and Austin Miguelle L. Ogad, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Edgar Christian C. Dirige, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, both from SLU.
“Great job Cordillera youth. They exude leadership, social responsibility, academic excellence and good values,” Guinaran said as he congratulated the six national finalists from the region.
The national finalists will undergo formation. Judging of the TOSP is in February 2019 and awarding will be in April.
The Search for the TOSP is the Awards and Formation Program established by businessman Jose Concepcion Jr. as a way of galvanizing the youth into action for social progress. It honors graduating college students who have not only excelled academically but have also dedicated themselves to serve their respective communities, organizations, and other spheres of interaction. It is the domain of dedicated servant-leaders who have heeded the call of lifelong learning, leading and serving. By Redjie Melvic Cawis (JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)