After months of rigorous search process, the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 has been awarded last February 9, 2017 in Malacañan Palace. There are hundreds of students who were nominated but only 30 made it to the national screening process.
My father founded the TOSP Foundation, 55 years ago. There were many students who have been recognized for the past years. Many are serving in the government, some are in the private companies, while others are supporting advocacies.
I attended the awarding ceremony together with Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, and TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran. We were also joined by Michael Tan (LT Group) and Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Corporation).
The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Anne Malazarte of the University of San Agustin, Arizza Nocum of University of the Philippines Diliman, Nafieza Mohammad of the Universidad de Zamboanga, Ronalyn Pordan of the Far Eastern University, Andrienne Boado of the University of Northern Philippines, Janssen Ramos of the University of the East, Gimar Reyes of Xavier University, Ladielyn Fuderanan of the University of Bohol, Vryxonval Del Valle of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and Riego Garcia of the Central Philippine University.
I advised the students, “You have a bright future. Only ten will be chosen but nevertheless among the millions of students out there, you are part of the brightest students of the country… But in the end, with all of these, it’s all up to you… Many of you will be part of the government one day. Maybe one of you will be a president someday. Nothing is impossible. It all starts with a dream. You cannot wait for destiny. You will have to work hard for that. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”
Secretary De la Pena represented President Duterte in the ceremony. In an inspiring message, he mentioned, “The recognitions serve as a reminder to the youth of today that learning is as much as a right of every young Filipino as much as it is a responsibility for those who have received it not only to oneself or the family but also to our nation.”
The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) 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 life-long learning, leading and serving.