Few weeks ago, I had the privilege of joining the ceremony to recognize this year’s TOSP 2015. The ceremony was graced by the Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan and RFM Foundation President Marie Concepcion-Young. My father, Jose Concepcion Jr., was also present during the ceremony. It was great to have him again since he missed last year’s ceremony.
After the extensive school screening, regional selection and nomination process that gathered a total of two hundred thirty one (231) nominees from all over the country, the 30 National Finalists who have not only excelled academically, but have also lived a life of dedicated service and have made a difference in their respective communities, organizations, and fields of interest, was proudly presented.
In my speech, I have recognized the parents, teachers and school administrators in the audience. Why? Because they are the mentors and the sources of wisdom for these young heroes.
Mentorship is important as this process guides an individual to the right path with right competencies and right values. The parents and the teachers have guided these students as they all enter the real world. That is why I also believe in the saying that “the Future of the country depends on the parents and mentors”.
But still, the greatest problem we have is poverty. Despite the growing market capitalization and being one of the best countries to invest in, I feel that there is still a lacking element on how we can reduce poverty.
To that, I can only answer – Entrepreneurship. It has given the country with more jobs, especially for those former OFWs who had sacrificed just to provide for their families. It has given us foreign reserves. And most especially, it made every Filipino strive to move up in life and proved the resilience of many.
I say, education is the key to help others. Mentorship and education contribute to an individual making them enterprising not only as entrepreneurs but also in the other roles they will take in the future.
Success, in a way, is really for those who want it most. Nobody can force you to become successful. Not your parents, not your teachers, not your friends. You must want it. Success, when you achieved it, you must return. Learn to give back to the community that has brought you to where you are.
Successful people must help others to become successful.
Congratulations to the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines 2015 and I wish them the best success in life.