After months of rigorous search process, the Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) 2016 has been named last February 9, 2017 in Malacañan Palace.
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.
The awarding ceremony has been attended by Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato De la Pena, Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, TOSP Founder Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP President Marie Concepcion-Young, and TOSP Head of the Board of Judges Dr. Ryan Guinaran.
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion shared thoughts on his role as an adviser to the President, the President’s mission of helping Filipinos move up in life, mentorship, and on helping micro and small entrepreneurs.
PA Concepcion 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.”
“Eventually, the torch of our nation will be passed on to you. I trust that you will all keep the fire burning and shape a magnificent future for the country and its people. In this journey, the government will always stand with you as an ally. But for now, we celebrate your achievements. We share in your pride and happiness today and promise that we will continue to support you in your journey to greater heights,” said Sec. De la Pena.
Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation President and CEO Alice Eduardo, and LT Group President Michael Tan also graced the event.
The Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (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 life-long learning, leading and serving.
The 30 finalists include Jan Kenneth Antenero (Ateneo de Zamboanga University), Cherson Bariuan (St. Paul University Philippines), Michelle Binwag (Ifugao State University), Kristan Ian Cabana (Cebu Institute of Technology – University), Piny Ellaeine Cesar (St. Paul University Philippines), Harold Henryson Chiu (University of the Philippines Manila), Derick De Guzman (Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas), Amyrrha Estollio (Siliman University), Karina Jimenea (Colegio de San Agustin Bacolod), Kate Meisel Annecko Lemoncito (Colegio de San Agustin Bacolod), Mark Anthony Lim (Tarlac State University), Alyanna Therese Pangilinan (University of St. La Salle), Orly Primo (Benguet State University), Ron Ephraim Roluna (Ateneo de Naga University), Charles Janzen Rosario (University of Northern Philippines), Carmegie Saliba (Ateneo de Manila University-School of Medicine and Public Health), Jeck Sto. Tomas (Baliwag University), Ea Kristine Clarisse Tulin (Visayas State University), Chatelaine Wansi (Benguet State University), and Katrina Pauline Yap (De La Salle University-Manila).