Last August 21, 2018, as the Philippines commemorates the 35th death anniversary and heroism of late Senator Ninoy Aquino, five of the 15 notable young Filipinos who are heroes in their own fields of influence were hailed as regional awardees during the 57th Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP)- Calabarzon Awarding Ceremonies held at Quezon Premier Hotel.
The regional awardees for this year were Patricia Adora L. Alcala (Manuel S. Emverga University), Frances Ann Marie S. Gumapac (De La Salle Lipa), Glenn Christopher J. Lambino (Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna), John Emmanuel C. Magtibay (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities) and Georjhia Czarinah Q. Malaluan (Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas).
Aside from the five, the following regional finalists were also honored: John Carlo B. Borja (University of Rizal System-Binangonan), Ckiana Oprah G. Calaycay (Sacred Heart College), Aluyssa E. De Torres (Batangas State University PB Main I), Erlyn Joyce B. Gamil (Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna), Darla Mae L. Hasan (University of the Philippines- Los Baños), Kristel Jade M. Miranda (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities), Ramon A. Santiago (University of Rizal System-Angono), Steven M. Torralba (Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas), Enrico Marco L. Vergara (De La Salle Lipa) and Darren Zamudio (University of the Philippines- Los Baños).
Ms. Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo (TOSP Batch 2012), the Chairwoman of DPWH’s Build, Build, Build Program graced the event as the keynote speaker. In her speech, she encouraged the TOSP Batch 2018 (Batch SIKLAB) not to be afraid to fail, emphasizing “Life will pose challenges and at times, it will be difficult. But remember, the lessons of failure are as important as the satisfaction of triumph.”
With the encouragement of Ms. Lamentillo, the TOSP Calabarzon finalists responded to the challenge, to become courageous in moving things forward by loving the country. “Ang pagmamahal sa bayan ang paraan upang bumawi,Tunay na tatak ng mga CALABARZONOS na katangi-tangi. Tayo na’t buhayin ang mga adhikain, tayo na’t ang pag-ibig sa Diyos ay pag-alabin, tayo na’t mahalin ang kapwa at bayan natin, sabay-sabay tayong sumiklab, buhayin ang makabayang layunin! Padayon! Lagi’t lagi, para sa bayan!”
On its 8th year as regionalized chapter, TOSP Alumni Community (TOSPAC) of Calabarzon continues to galvanize and enable the youth to have concrete contribution in nation building through its formation program, engagements, and partnership with various academic institutions, organizations, government bodies, and communities.
The five regional awardees are the nominees of Region IV-A who will advance in the National TOSP Search.
Written by Chris Reymond Viray