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MANILA, Philippines – Here are 10 things worth remembering as Election Day nears.

TEN: Keep in mind that voting is not tantamount to playing a BINGO game! You don’t need a blackout card. Doesn’t mean that because you have 12 slots for senators you’d fill it up for the sake of filling it up! If there are only 6 qualified candidates in your opinion, so be it!

NINE: Beware of surnames and pedigrees. Leadership is not a genetic trait but corruption and mediocrity among leaders can be prevented.

EIGHT: Beware of candidates whose only platform is to remove a political dynasty. They are not genuine alternatives and chances are, they could just bitter.

SEVEN: Beware of candidates who promise to eradicate poverty. Chances are they don’t know what they are talking about. Everyone can shout ‘world peace!’

SIX: The Senate is a legislating body. A substantial debate is necessary to craft policies. If your candidate doesn’t want to engage in debates, chances are s/he is not intellectually prepared.

FIVE: For mayoral candidates, if you are left with a choice between a convicted plunderer and an incumbent who did nothing but leave the city to rot, you’re probably better off switching addresses and living there for the next 3 years.

FOUR: Keep in mind that elections are not horse races. You don’t need to place your bet on the front-runner. You gain nothing by voting the candidate most likely to win.

THREE: Before you cast your vote, take out the last 12 months of your payslip and look at the section where it says tax. Total the numbers and multiply by 3. Look at the name on the ballot and decide if the person you’re voting for is worth trusting with every centavo of your earnings.

TWO: Gone are the days when your only obligation is to vote, using your conscience and best judgment. Because a majority of the population today is gullible, part of your responsibility is to educate and persuade.

ONE: Election Day is the only day when everyone is truly equal. One vote per person, regardless of social status or intellectual capacity. Don’t let religion, campaign jingle, or misleading political ad fool you. Vote wisely. - Rappler.com, BY ARISTOTLE CRUZ, POSTED ON 05/04/2013 7:07 AM  | UPDATED 05/04/2013 3:03 AM

Walang makahihigit pa sa rikit at ganda

Ng bayang handog sa atin ng Bathalang dakila…

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I Choose to Be Here

Central Luzon has been endowed with immense biodiversity, bestowed with a diverse culture and rich history and gifted with a multitude of great people. Great people who have been unselfishly dedicating and devoting themselves in serving the region with all compassion and love and have been dubbed as change-makers, transformation agents and nation-builders in their own ways.

The 17 outstanding youth leaders from the different provinces and cities of Central Luzon, despite of the demands of their time and pressures of scholastic and professional works, chose to be part of this year’s sixth edition of the Region III Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) held last April 18 – 23, 2013.

These young people made an excellent choice as they embarked themselves in a life-changing and an awe-inspiring Regional Formation Program. With the theme “I Choose Baya,” Zambales took its turn in hosting this year’s nation-building activity which has been rotating within Region III’s provinces for the last five years: Bataan (2008), Pampanga (2009), Nueva Ecija (2010), Bulacan (2011), and Tarlac (2012). Aurora will host next in 2014.

The theme of the Regional Week reflects the quintessential roles of each one, specifically the outstanding young leaders, to dedicate themselves, their time, their efforts and even their lives in serving their fellow kababayans and rebuilding the bayan. It will always start with a choice, a choice that will truly change the course of the nation’s history, a choice to take the road of servant leadership and nation-building as a life-long commitment. The theme also posed a challenge to the young leaders to speak their mind and do something for the bayan.

On the first day, the regional finalists were welcomed by the officials and staff of CHED Region III with the presence of Director Virginia D. Akiate, Ed.D. who inspired the finalists with her thought-provoking words. In celebration of the fifth year of TOSP Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes (TOSP-R3ACH), the alumni and finalists had a ceremonial tribute in Bataan where the community was formed in 2008. Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Bataan Campus) hosted the activity dedicated to the young heroes of Bataan defenders during World War II.

Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU), situated in the capital of Zambales, hosted the Welcome Ceremony. The university hostel accommodated the alumni and finalists. Dr. Cornelio C. Garcia, RMTU President, led the other university officials in welcoming the finalists and TOSP alumni through a welcome dinner. It was graced by Mr. Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata, an internationally acclaimed violinist and founder of CASA San Miguel, as this year’s keynote speaker.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Bolipata shared his life experiences as a musician and as a founder of the CASA San Miguel, a home for those who dream to be like him. He made the listening crowd realized that ‘choosing bayan’ is indeed a great choice and provoked them to do their own share in building this nation.

 

I Choose to be a Proud Central Luzon Youth

As part of the annual tradition, TOSP alumni and finalists were toured around significant historical sites in Zambales and Olongapo City.

The young leaders visited the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ Magsaysay Ancestral House in Castillejos, Zambales wherein they had a flowering offering to Zambales’ notable son, Pres. Ramon F. Magsaysay and tour of the president’s house. The finalists also visited the Columban College in Olongapo City which houses the historic Zambal Museum. The finalists also had a chance to see the largest flag in the Philippines located at Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

To witness the glamour and beauty of Casa San Miguel in San Antonio, Zambales, the finalists also visited the site wherein they were serenaded by some of the music scholars of the casa with the presence of Mr. Coke Bolipata. The casa also houses some artworks of various Zambaleño visual artists. Afterwards, the group visited the San Andres Church, a National Cultural Treasure in Masinloc, Zambales.

The finalists were also inspired by the stories of two municipal mayors of the province during a courtesy call. Castillejos Mayor Jose Angelo Dominguez shared his advocacy in skills development through providing TESDA courses to his constituents while Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora inspired the finalists in her agricultural developments and farming innovations introduced in their municipality.

The whole-day Zambales Day Tour made the finalists feel so proud of their grassroots and of their region – Central Luzon.

I Choose to Lead by Example

The heart of the TOSP Regional Week was held on the third day – the Formation Program Proper held at RMTU College of Law Conference Hall. This is where the finalists got acquainted with the most pressing issues confronting the region and the nation in the entirety and laid their response in resolving the identified problems through their presentations of their respective project proposals. They also shared their life experiences and their insights on servant leadership and nation-building through small group discussions.

In the evening, the traditional Alumni Night was held at Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center in Iba, Zambales. The 2013 Regional Finalists were welcomed by the growing R3ACH community through an incomparable and unforgettable shore-and-boat ride alumni initiation.

The night was filled with nostalgic reminiscence as reflected by the sharing of testimonials of the TOSP Alumni from various batches as R3ACH celebrated its fifth year as a community. Mr. Jonathan de Quiroz, R3ACH Chairperson, recollected the memories of the community since its establishment in 2008 and challenged the alumni and finalists to continue the quest for nation-building.

As they choose to lead by example, the evening was ended with the ceremonial sharing of commitment of the Central Luzon bayanis followed by the heart-warming singing of “Alay ng TOSP.”

I Choose to Celebrate the Best Things in Life

The next day, the finalists were immersed in the Gawad Kalinga Botolan in New Taugtog, Botolan, Zambales through a Community Day. The alumni and the finalists taught the Sibol kids of the GK village on the proper way of brushing their teeth and washing their hands. Afterwards, the finalists had a story-telling activity which made the kids inspired in gladness. The Sibol kids likewise received gifts of school supplies from the R3ACH community.

The activity was capped by a boodle fight-themed lunch with sharing of the alumni and finalists of the outpouring of insights learned throughout the regional week. The lunch also served as a celebration of the best things in life, serving a community with gladdened hearts and delighted souls.

 

I Choose to Serve my Region

In the afternoon, the alumni community partook in the Amazing Race: The Botolan Escapade which was conceptualized by Miss Noorain Sabdulla in coordination with the Team GK RMTU. The alumni and finalists underwent grueling yet exciting challenges around the municipality of Botolan.

The highlight of the race was the Humility Challenge wherein the alumni and finalists had to ask foods of any kind from the Botolan villagers. The foods were given to the families in the GK Botolan Community.

After the amazing race, the alumni and finalists had swimming and sunset viewing at the Botolan beach then afterwards, the finalists had their networking activity. Holding their respective torches, the 17 finalists shared their dreams and aspirations and where they will be after five years. Most of them see themselves serving Region III after five years from that day. The sharing of aspirations ended with the lighting of the bonfire.

The alumni and finalists were fostered overnight by accommodating families at Gawad Kalinga Botolan.

 

I Choose to Give my Best at All Times

From Zambales, the finalists were ferried to King’s Royale Pampanga in the City San Fernando where they had their Batch Day. In the same place, Batch Siklab, as they call themselves, convened to scribble their Batch Response.

Giving their best at all times, Batch Siklab ignited their ardent passion, blazing commitment and glowing aspirations not just for the region but for the nation as a whole as reflected in their batch response. They have committed themselves to relentlessly keep the torch of nation-building fiery and burning!

I Choose to Learn, Lead and Serve for Life

The awarding ceremony was held at Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University on the 23rd in the historic town of Bacolor, Pampanga which just celebrated 250th anniversary of being the Philippine capital during the British occupation of Manila from 1762 to 1764. The event was graced by Mr. Jose Mari Ochinena, Philippine Information Agency Undersecretary as keynote speaker.

Indeed, the 2013 Zambales Formation is another great milestone for TOSP R3ACH. Thanks to the generosity and benevolence of the different sectors of the society – academe, government and private institutions – who extended their hands and hearts to make this year’s regional week remarkably successful.

Kung kaya’t ating pag-ibig at pagkalinga

Sa bayan, ating ihandog sa tuwina…

GO NEGOSYO PILIPINAS: NOW IS OUR TIME By Joey Concepcion (The Philippine Star) Updated August 02, 2012

Today at 12 noon will be the awarding ceremonies of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in Malacanang. I would like to congratulate the awardees, as well as the finalists who have made it this far. We are happy to have P-Noy with us as he agreed to personally award the winners. I don’t have any idea who the chosen ones are, but I am sure that all of them deserved to be a part of the TOSP community.

My father Joecon started this initiative back in 1961, on the 100th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal to celebrate our national hero’s life and to pass on his legacy to the Filipino youth. The search stopped for a while, and in 1989 I restarted it together with one of the rotary clubs in Metro Manila. My sister Marie continues to manage the annual search, and the TOSP alumni have taken an active role in projects such as Project Pagsulong. TOSP has produced hundreds of citizens who lived up and has exceeded expectations. We have the likes of CHED chairman Pat Licuanan, National Artist for Theater Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, lawyers Rene Saguisag and Dong Puno, Elma Arboleras of iBus, and many others who have dedicated their lives to the Filipinos by continuously doing their share in nation-building.

It is very important to encourage our youth to adopt the right values that will make them succeed in life. Many of them do not come from rich families; they have come this far as finalists because they have taken a different approach in facing their challenges in life. We are not only awarding them because of how bright they are, but also because of the attitude that they have shown in facing their individual struggles. These are the same values that Go Negosyo, a movement that I started together with other entrepreneurs, continue to espouse on. And some of the TOSP alumni have actually been a part of Go Negosyo, working towards the goal of promoting the advocacy of entrepreneurship in the country.

Out of the 243 entries nationwide, 87 were screened by the national screening assembly, which was composed of notable men and women from several fields including the academe, business, health, and IT. Included in the national screening assembly are Go Negosyo advocates Rosalind Wee, Vivian Sarabia, and Philippine Marketing Association president Gwenn Albarracin, who is also the EVP of Center for Pop Music Philippines. The selection was further trimmed down to 30 finalists, who underwent further scrutiny from the five national screeners. This year, we have invited well-known motivational speaker Francis Kong, multi-awarded journalist Maria Ressa, AIM professor and TOSP awardee Dr. Soledad Hernando, Palanca Hall of Famer Dr. Luis Gatmaitan, and commissioner Heidi Mendoza ofthe Commission on Audit, who is also this year’s national screening committee chairperson.

This year’s 30 finalists are as follows: Kenneth Isaiah I. Abante, Michael Angelo M. Abarcar, Jufran C. Agustin, Randell T. Aranza, Ramon Matthew R. Basabe, Nesie Fe G. Binatero, Angelita A. Bombarda, Ma. Clarissa Lavena A. Bombase, Bobby S. Caceres, Aliza B. Castro, Jerome V. David, Lawrence Charlemagne G. David, John Michael FL. Dellariarte, Joshua Eleazar P. Domen, Daniel Philip V. Dy, Marville Cullen P. Espago, Cesar E. Higoy, Benny Mart R. Hiwatig, Ma. Shiril A. Jalad-Armero, Ridwan N. Landasan, Jay-R M. Mendoza, Ruthell A. Moreno, Reynaldo G. Nalliw, Maria Janua B. Polinar, Danilo V. Rogayan, Jr., Kurt Gerrard T. See, Mitz S. Serofia, Michiko S. Takemori, Juan Carlo P. Tejano, and Mark Gil D. Tuazon.

Let me share the stories of some of the top 30 finalists, whose stories have become sources of inspiration by their respective communities.

Twenty-four-year old Shiril Jalad-Armero is a doctor from Cebu City. Aside from being a cum laude and a recipient of the Dean’s Medallion for Excellence, she was also an active volunteer in medical missions and other activities. But on her profile, she listed motherhood as the first of her five most significant achievements. Shiril admits that having a child at an early age taught her to be selfless, and her daughter is her constant source of inspiration to move forward.

His passion to help those who are in need prompted another doctor in the batch, John Michael Dellariarte, to start an initiative. As a requirement for his course, he and his other classmates were sent to different parts of Zamboanga del Sur to assess health conditions of the community members. Most of the locals suffered from diarrhea because their drinking water is contaminated. John Michael thought of a cheap, convenient way to solve this, and he discovered that the contaminated water could be “purified” by exposing it to sunlight through a reflector which can be made from aluminum soda cans. Thus, “I CAN make a difference” was born. Today, John Michael and his team of volunteers have spread the advocacy to nearby provinces in Mindanao, teaching young kids that recycling just a single can of soda makes a big difference.

He may not be a holder of a latin honor when he graduated in college, but Danilo Rogayan, Jr. has already proven what he could do to make his community a better place. Dan, who is the fourth of five children, lost his mother to breast cancer when he was just two years old, leaving his father the sole responsibility of taking care of all of them. While he was studying, he secured scholarships, allowing him to continue his studies without burdening his father with the costs. He grew up feeling a need to help other people, and so he began actively participating in school and community-based organizations. He went further to win the Sanguniang Kabataan elections as chairman in 2007, giving him the chance to serve other members of the youth in his locality. 

Ruthell Moreno was the summa cum laude with a GPA of 1.23 when she graduated with a degree in Special Education at the West Visayas State University. She even received several awards for SPED and for journalism, which is her other love. But what makes her story more special is that since 2007, she has been battling systemic lupus erythematosus, the same disease that afflicted former President Marcos. She was advised not to continue her studies anymore, but Ruthell did not let the bad diagnosis stop her from enjoying her life. She founded a lupus support group in Panay which aims to help other lupus patients who don’t have the money or the resources to finance their medical expenses. Having lupus made Ruthell appreciate her life even more, and even in the face of her own mortality, she wants to be of help to others.

These are just some of the stories of this year’s batch of TOSP. I hope that we can encourage more young people to be like them—to be academically excellent, to be leaders in their respective communities, to show good values, and to actively help others. The Philippines will definitely need another Rizal, and by continuing the tradition of TOSP, we are hopeful to come up with another one who shall help move the country forward to progress.

What is a National Artist?

A National Artist is a Filipino citizen who has been given the rank and title of National Artist in recognition of his or her significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts and letters.

The rank and title of National Artist is conferred by means of a Presidential Proclamation. It recognizes excellence in the fields of Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film and Broadcast Arts, and Architecture or Allied Arts.

What is the Order of National Artists?

Those who have been proclaimed National Artists are given a Grand Collar symbolizing their status. Recipients of this Grand Collar make up the Order of National Artists. The Order of National Artists (Orden ng Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining) is thus a rank, a title, and a wearable award that represents the highest national recognition given to Filipinos who have made distinct contributions in the field of arts and letters. It is jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and is conferred by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation by both institutions.

As one of the Honors of the Philippines, it embodies the nation’s highest ideals in humanism and aesthetic expression through the distinct achievements of individual citizens. The Order of National Artists shares similarities with orders, decorations, and medals of other countries recognizing contributions to their national culture such as, the U.S. National Medal for the Arts, and the Order of Culture of Japan.

According to the rules of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, the Order of National Artists should be conferred every three years.

The insignia of the Order of National Artists

The insignia of the Order of the National Artists is composed of a Grand Collar featuring circular links portraying the arts, and an eight-pointed conventionalized sunburst suspended from a sampaguita wreath in green and white enamel. The central badge is a medallion divided into three equal portions, red, white, and blue, recalling the Philippine flag, with three stylized letter Ks—the “KKK” stands for the CCP’s motto: “katotohanan, kabutihan, at kagandahan” (“the true, the good, and the beautiful”), as coined by then first lady Mrs. Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the CCP’s founder. The composition of the Grand Collar is silver gilt bronze. In place of a rosette there is an enameled pin in the form of the insignia of the order.

When was the Order of National Artists created?

It was established by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1001, s. 1972, which created the Award and Decoration of National Artist, “to give appropriate recognition and prestige to Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and letters,” and which posthumously conferred the award on the painter Fernando Amorsolo, who had died earlier that year.

Legal basis of the Order of National Artists

Proclamation No. 1144, s. 1973 named the CCP Board of Trustees as the National Artist Awards Committee. Presidential Decree No. 208, s. 1973 reiterated the mandate of the CCP to administer the National Artist Awards as well as the privileges and honors to National Artists.

Executive Order No. 236 s. 2003, otherwise known as the Honors Code of the Philippines, conferred additional prestige on the National Artist Award by raising it to the level of a Cultural Order, fourth in precedence among the orders and decorations that comprise the Honors of the Philippines, and equal in rank to the Order of National Scientists and the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan. The National Artist Award was thereby renamed the Order of National Artists (Orden ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining). This reflected the consensus among government cultural agencies and the artistic community that the highest possible international prestige and recognition should be given our National Artists. Section 5 of EO 236 stated the President may confer the Order of National Artists “upon the recommendation of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).”

Executive Order No. 435, s. 2005 amended Section 5 (IV) of EO 236, giving the President the power to name National Artists without need of a recommendation, relegating the NCCA and the CCP to mere advisory bodies that may or may not be heeded. This expanded President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s flexibility to proclaim National Artists at her discretion, which led to the controversy of 2009 and the subsequent intervention of the Supreme Court by issuing a status quo ante order against the awardees that year.

Pending official amendments, it is the policy of the present administration to revert to the broad consensus that led to the original version of the Honors Code: where the President of the Philippines acts upon the recommendations of the CCP and the NCCA.

Process of nomination and conferment of the Order

 

Criteria for the Order of National Artists

1. Living artists who are Filipino citizens at the time of nomination, as well as those who died after the establishment of the award in 1972 but were Filipino citizens at the time of their death;

2. Artists who, through the content and form of their works, have contributed in building a Filipino sense of nationhood;

3. Artists who have pioneered in a mode of creative expression or style, thus earning distinction and making an impact on succeeding generations of artists;

4. Artists who have created a substantial and significant body of work and/or consistently displayed excellence in the practice of their art form thus enriching artistic expression or style; and

5. Artists who enjoy broad acceptance through:

• prestigious national and/or international recognition, such as the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, CCP Thirteen Artists Award and NCCA Alab ng Haraya;

• critical acclaim and/or reviews of their works;

• respect and esteem from peers.

Those submitting nominations for National Artist must submit the following:

• A cover letter from the nominating organization. The cover letter shall be accompanied by a Board Resolution approving the nomination concerned with the said resolution signed by the organization President and duly certified by the Board Secretary.

• A duly accomplished nomination form;

• A detailed curriculum vitae of the nominee;

• A list of the nominee’s significant works categorized according to the criteria;

• The latest photograph (color or black and white) of the nominee, either 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 11″;

• Pertinent information materials on the nominee’s significant works (on CDs, VCDs and DVDs);

• Copies of published reviews; and

• Any other document that may be required.

To the following addresses:

The NATIONAL ARTIST AWARD SECRETARIAT Office of the Artistic Director Cultural Center of the Philippines Roxas Boulevard, 1300 Pasay City

The NATIONAL ARTIST AWARD SECRETARIAT Office of the Deputy Executive Director National Commission for Culture and the Arts 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila

A member of the Order of National Artists are granted the following honors and privileges:

1. The rank and title of National Artist, as proclaimed by the President of the Philippines;

2. The insignia of a National Artist and a citation;

3. A lifetime emolument and material and physical benefits comparable in value to those received by the highest officers of the land such as:

a. a cash award of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) net of taxes, for living awardees;

b. a cash award of Seventy Five Thousand Pesos (P75,000.00) net of taxes, for posthumous awardees, payable to legal heir/s;

c. a monthly life pension, medical and hospitalization benefits;

d. life insurance coverage for Awardees who are still insurable;

e. a state funeral and burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani;

f. a place of honor, in line with protocular precedence, at national state functions, and recognition at cultural events.

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Source: The NCCA’s National Artists of the Philippines GuidelinesFor more information on Philippine arts and culture, please visitwww.ncca.gov.ph

        

Appendix: The Roster of National Artists

 

Awardee

 

Date of Award

 

 

Category

1. Fernando Amorsolo (++) 1972 Painting
2. Francisca R. Aquino (+) 1973 Dance
3. Carlos V. Francisco (++) 1973 Painting
4. Amado V. Hernandez (++) 1973 Literature
5. Antonio J. Molina (+) 1973 Music
6. Juan F.  Nakpil (+) 1973 Architecture
7. Guillermo E. Tolentino (+) 1973 Sculpture
8. Jose Garcia Villa (+) 1973 Literature
9. Napoleon V. Abueva 1976 Sculpture
10. Lamberto V. Avellana (+) 1976 Theater and Film
11. Leonor O. Goquingco (+) 1976 Dance
12. Nick Joaquin (+) 1976 Literature
13. Jovita Fuentes (+) 1976 Music
14. Victorio C. Edades (+) 1976 Painting
15. Pablo S. Antonio (++) 1976 Architecture
16. Vicente S. Manansala (++) 1981 Painting
17. Carlos P. Romulo (+) 1982 Literature
18. Gerardo de Leon (++) 1982 Film
19. Honorata “Atang” dela Rama (++) 1987 Theater and Music
20. Antonio R. Buenaventura (+) 1988 Music
21. Lucrecia R. Urtula (+) 1988 Dance
22. Lucrecia R. Kasilag (+) 1989 Music
23. Francisco Arcellana (+) 1990 Literature
24. Cesar Legaspi (+) 1990 Visual Arts
25. Leandro V. Locsin (+) 1990 Architecture
26. Hernando R. Ocampo (++) 1991 Visual Arts
27. Lucio D. San Pedro (+) 1991 Music
28. Lino Brocka (++) 1997 Cinema
29. Felipe D. De Leon (++) 1997 Music
30. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero (++) 1997 Theater
31. Rolando S. Tinio (++) 1997 Theater & Literature
32. Levi Celerio (+) 1997 Music & Literature
33. N.V.M. Gonzales (++) 1997 Literature
34. Arturo Luz 1997 Visual Arts
35. Jose Maceda (+) 1997 Music
36. Carlos Quirino (+) 1997 Historical Literature
37. J. Elizalde Navarro (++) 1999 Painting
38. Prof. Andrea Veneracion 1999 Music
39. Edith L. Tiempo (+) 1999 Literature
40. Daisy Avellana 1999 Theater
41. Ernani Cuenco (++) 1999 Music
42. F. Sionil Jose 2001 Literature
43. Ang Kiukok (+) 2001 Visual Arts
44. Ishmael Bernal (++) 2001 Film
45. Severino Montano (++) 2001 Theater
46. Jose T. Joya (++) 2003 Visual Arts (Painting)
47. Virgilio S. Almario 2003 Literature
48. Alejandro Roces (+) 2003 Literature
49. Eddie S. Romero 2003 Film & Broadcast Arts
50. Salvador F. Bernal (+) 2003 Theater & Design
51. Ben Cabrera 2006 Visual Arts
52. Abdulmari Asia Imao 2006 Visual Arts
53. Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera 2006 Literature
54. Ramon Obusan  (+) 2006 Dance
55. Fernando Poe Jr. (++) 2006 Film
56. Archt. Ildefonso Santos, Jr. 2006 Landscape Architecture
57. Ramon Valera (++) 2006 Fashion Design

Legend: (+) deceased; (++) posthumous conferment.

 

First posted June 29, 2012; updated July 11, 2012. in the Philippine Official Gazette.

On March 6, 1965, Presidential Proclamation No. 374 was issued declaring May 28 as National Flag Day to commemorate the date the national emblem was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated the Spanish fores in the Battle at Alapan, Imus, Cavite in 1898. On May 23, 1994, Executive Order No. 79 was issued extending the period of celebrating National Flag Day from May 28 to June 12.  All Filipinos are encouraged to display the Philippine flag in all offices, agencies and instruments of government, business establishments, schools, and private homes throughout this period.

The Presidential Spokesperson’s  2011 statement on the Flag Days: Display our national colors on the Philippine Flag Days, May 28 to June 12.

Executive Order No. 79, s. 1994: Ordering the prominent display of the national flag in all buildings, establishments, and homes from 28 May 1994 to 12 June 1994 and every year thereafter, and for other purposes.

Executive Order No. 310: Prescribing the design and use of the Coat-of-Arms, Seal, and Flag of the President and Vice President of the Philippines, and for other purposes.

Republic Act No. 8491:  Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

Congratulations fellow Central Luzon heroes!

1. Pauline Mae S. Pineda – Baliuag University
2. Paul Adrew S. Cochon – Baliuag University
3. Rae Jan Philippe S. Carbonell – Holy Angel University
4. Jayson M. Perez -  Holy Angel University
5. Mark Gil D. Tuazon – Mary The Queen College Inc.
6. Danilo V. Rogayan, Jr. – Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
7. Bobby S. Caceres – Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
8. Marville Cullen P. Espago - Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
9. John Aries D. Tudla - College of the Immaculate Conception
10. Rodney D. Santos – Bulacan State University
11. Jeffrey M. Tinagan - La Consolacion University Philippines
12. Mary Grace P. Santos – Bataan Peninsula State University
13. Marvin Rhey D. Quitoras – Bataan Peninsula State University
14. Lawrence Charlemagne G. David – Bataan Peninsula State University
15. Raychelle A. Pagdanganan - Araullo University
16.Vivien Amor Viloria - Araullo University
17. Derick M. Dimla - Angeles University Foundation
18. Coco Chanel G. Garcia - Angeles University Foundation
19. Ryan James C. Mirimla – Angeles University Foundation
20. Alvin C. Garcia – Tarlac State University

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Danilo V. Rogayan Jr., a Bachelor of Secondary Education graduate of the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University – San Marcelino, was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) – Region III during the Awarding Ceremonies at Colegio de Sebastian, McArthur Highway, Maimpis village here, April 23, 2012.

The 20-year old BSED graduate was cited for his “exemplary leadership, superior academic performance, outstanding achievements, deep sense of social responsibility and involvement, and personal values anchored on faith in God that makes him a true role model and inspiration to the Filipino Youth.”

Rogayan will be representing Central Luzon to the 2012 Search for TOSP National together with other nine regional awardees from various colleges and universities of Region III.

Other regional awardees are Derick M. Dimla, BS Electronics Engineering, Angeles University Foundation; Rae Jan Philippe S. Carbonell, BS Education, Holy Angel University; Raychelle A. Pagdanganan, AB Political Science, Araullo University PHINMA; Marville Cullen P. Espago, BS Marine Transportation, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific; Bobby S. Caceres, BS Marine Engineering, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific; Lawrence Charlemagne G. David, BS Electronics Engineering, Bataan Peninsula State University – Main; Jayson M. Perez, BS Accountancy, Holy Angel University; John Aries D. Tudla, BS Business Administration, College of the Immaculate Conception; and Mark Gil D. Tuazon, BS Information Systems, Mary The Queen College (Pampanga), Inc.

The regional winners were chosen among the 20 regional finalists chosen from the applications submitted by the different colleges and universities of the region.

The regional finalists attended a two-day formation program at the Tarlac State University and Tarlac College of Agriculture on April 21 – 22.

Prior to the formation program, the regional finalists toured around the province of Pampanga on April 19 and in the province of Tarlac on April 20.

Other regional finalists are Pauline Mae S. Pineda, BS Accountancy, Baliuag University; Paul Andrew S. Cochon, BS Nursing, Baliuag University; Rodney D. Santos, Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Advertising Arts, Bulacan State University; Jeffrey M. Tinagan, BS Education, La Consolacion University Philippines; Mary Grace P. Santos, BS Accountancy, Bataan Peninsula State Unviersity; Marvin Rhey D. Quitoras, BS Mechanical Engineering, Bataan Peninsula State Unviersity; Vivien Amor Viloria, BS Business Administration, Araullo University PHINMA; Coco Chanel G. Garcia, BS Nursing, Angeles University Foundation; Ryan James C. Marimla, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Angeles University Foundation; and Alvin C. Garcia, Bachelor of Arts in Communication,Tarlac State University.

TOSP is an awards and formation program that seeks to galvanize the youth into nation building through exemplary academic performance, transformative social involvement, and inspiring leadership services to their school, local communities and the country.

Since 1961, TOSP has been a laboratory of great leaders. In its roster are the likes of church luminaries Bishop Antonio Ledesma and Fr. Manoling Francisco, good governance icons Rene Saguisag and Raul Roco, social development gurus Vicky Pineda-Garchitorena and Sonia Roco, renowned broadcaster Ricardo Puno, and the current chief of the country’s higher education mandate, Dr. Patricia Licuanan who is the first awardee of the search.

This year, TOSP is in search of that BAYANi student who despite the demands and pressures of higher education, endeavours to serve his country and people; those whose service to the school, community, and nation springs from a genuine desire and passion to make a difference in the lives of many with Every Day Great Examples of heroism.

TOSP is a commitment of RFM Foundation, CHED, National Book Store, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. and the TOSP Alumni Community.

 

History of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines

He paved the way for nation-building when he did all that he can for his countrymen – from publishing books and poems to awaken their consciousness to the occurrences during the Spanish Era to physically serving those who were fortunate enough to have met him during his short life. He died by firing squad, not for naught. He is Jose Rizal, the inspiration behind the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP), a search founded by businessman Jose Concepcion, Jr., while he was still publishing Student Life Magazine.

Mr. Concepcion, in his desire to honor students who are exemplars and leaders in their own academic fields and in their contributions to society, established TOSP on June 19, 1961, the 100th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal, the embodiment of a model student who not only achieves academic citations, but also gives of himself to those in need. The Search was held annually until Martial Law was declared in 1972.

That was not the end of the road for TOSP though, for 1989 saw the re-launch of the Search with what has now been referred to as the revival batch. From then on, it has continued to celebrate, affirm, and champion the noble and enduring spirit of the Filipino youth who serves as a role model of academic excellence, exemplary leadership, good moral values, and socio-civic consciousness.

 

Mr. Concepcion’s vision of recognizing young role models became a continuing project of the RFM Foundation, Inc., the Commission on Higher Education, and the RFM Corporation, in cooperation with National Bookstore, the Rotary Club of Makati Central, and the TOSP Alumni Community. Recently, the PLDT also joined the growing list of TOSP partners – people who believe in the capacity and potential of the Search and its finalists and awardees to galvanize the youth into action.

Indeed, from its roots in 1961 to the present year, the Search has become a laboratory of leaders, producing outstanding contributors in the fields of governance, business, the academe, church and civil society. Among them are Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Bishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, Edna del Val Zapanta-Manlapaz, Atty. Rene Saguisag, Raul Roco, Sonia Malasarte-Roco, Vicky Pineda-Garchitorena, Atty. Dong Puno, Soledad Aquino-Hernando, Sec. Ramon del Rosario, Paco Sandejas, and Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ. They have made a difference in their respective fields of influence.

Nonetheless, the alumni of the younger batches are also slowly but surely carving their niches in the circles where they move – contributing time and energy to creative positive ripples that may someday turn into great waves of positive change and enlightenment.

Indeed, there are many more regional and national finalists and awardees all over the globe who have done much for their fellowmen. From contributing to breakthrough researches in various fields and conducting capacity-building workshops involving different nations to helping students learn their lessons and deal with life’s challenges, the TOSP alumni have done it all for the purpose of living and spreading the TOSP Credo – learning, leading, and serving for life.

TOSP will once again be celebrated, affirmed and inspired this year and the years to come by shining examples of today’s youth as they continue to seek and galvanize their peers for nation-building.

 

The 2012 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) Region III Finalists. Photo courtesy of R. Pagdanganan

Once in our lives we have idolized comic heroes. Well, perhaps until now, all those young at heart still hold on to the dream. Let me ask you again…

Sino nga ba sa inyo ang hindi nangarap maging si Superman? O si Batman? Sino naman sa inyo ang nangarap lumunok ng bato ni Darna, o magbuhat ng mabigat na barbell just to gain extraordinary physical strength and the extra pogi points?

Ngunit meron ba sa inyo na naghangad na maging si Bonifacio, Mabini, o Tandang Sora, o si Gabriela Silang? May nangarap bang maging si Dr. Jose Rizal, ang ating pambansang bayani?

When we were years, decades, or scores younger than our age today, to be a superhero was a goal of many of us. But while in the course of our dreaming, have we ever realized why we wanted to be a hero in the first place? Is it to acquire those super powers and be cool at school, or get back on those who hurt us? OR is it beyond this acquisition of powers like helping others through whatever skills given to you us a hero?

In a world we live in today, we are exposed to a fast-paced environment, with a jampacked set of obligations and another set of challenges to overcome. With all these, much is expected of us. And therefore, we are all called to be heroes. However, one prevailing fact today about this generation is that it is afraid to be a hero.

Bakit nga naman?

By definition and mainstream interpretation, to be a hero, one needs to die. Look at what happened to Rizal in Bagumbayan and what happened to the late Sen., the well-loved Tarlaqueno Ninoy Aquino.

We believe that to die is not the way to go to be a hero. Death and Martyrdom are not necessarily the basis of being regarded as a hero. Through one’s simple ways done persistently, he can be a hero in his own right. Like paying his taxes right, doing one’s job with integrity, or even as simple as keeping pieces of candy wrappers, in one’s pocket first rather than throwing it anywhere just to make him and things clean—I assure you that is not the way to cleanse.

Let SIBOL state our brand of nation building and heroism. Allow me to storytell how we became SIBOL, a group of individuals from the different provinces of the rich Central Luzon, with the same aim of making region 3, and the Philippines at a large, a place of heroes. Eventually, contributing to the betterment of our motherland.

We in SIBOL believe that our heroes—our noble predecessors—are the trees of heroism and inspired leadership. And these trees, in the hope of seeing themselves in the form of others to continue what they have started, have generously bestowed earth with what we call BINHI. AT ang mga binhing ito ay muli’t-muling sisibol upang dugtungan ang makabayang adhikain na matagal nang nasimulan, at patuloy na ipinaglalaban. Their fight is now our fight.

WE CAN WIN THIS FIGHT because we are not alone in this battle. Kilala niyo ba kung sino ang aming mga kasapi sa dakilang mithiin na ito? Look around. We know that everyone present here today are the people we can count on when it comes to nation building. KAYO po ang kaakibat, aming kaagapay. But we all know someone has to lead the pack. And since we are very privileged to lead a group of people towards what we envisioned our nation to be, the batch promises to:

Forever stay true with its ideals and principles towards nation building:

We will support the activities of R3ACH, Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes, in the pursuit of producing promising leaders for the Philippines, and the government in its mission of uplifting the deprived, oppressed, and underserved.

We will foster every relationship that has been built not only during the formation, but more importantly, relationships established with other members of the society, for we believe that nation building starts with firmly founded relationships—that every little connection may bring about big positive outcomes.

We will keep our values intact with us for we believe that when one’s values are lost, he starts to lose his way—therefore losing the fight he promised to continue and win.

We will bring back the learning, experiences, talents shared with us by the Lord, to the people that most need it. We will pay it forward all for the glory of God.

And we promise to be living testimonies, that to be a hero meant no harm or violence inflicted to oneself. We promise to be successful in the fields we have chosen and gain our ranks with commitment, love, service, excellence, integrity, discipline, and faith in God.

Now, who would have thought that then children of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Zambales, Bulacan and Tarlac, who were no body before, are somebody now. Those considered zeroes before are now heroes today. Don’t be afraid. We also dreamt of becoming superheroes. But we realized that a better dream in the form of becoming real heroes for others must come true. Besides, we can be Panday or Darna without the superpowers but still can do heroic deeds for our fellowmen and our beloved country, the Philippines. Tayo na po’t Sumibol. SIBOL. Lupang Tinubuan, Lupang Paglilingkuran. Magandang Hapon po. Mabuhay po ang Central Luzon.

In 1996, the National Youth Commission launched the first National Youth Parliament (NYP), a 3-day convention of youth leaders every two years wherein policy recommendations are formulated to address youth issues, and serve as government’s guide in policy formulation and program development. Since then, youth leaders gather biennially to share ideas and gain valuable insights and networks to aid them in their youth development efforts.
In this year’s NYP, Commissioner Asec. Gregorio Ramon Tingson with the help of the National Youth Parliament Alumni Association (NYPAA) created a Selection Panel Committee. This committee together with the National Organizing Committee crafted the selection grading guide to objectively and qualitatively evaluate the applicants. Active involvement in the community, leadership/service track record, awareness in youth issue presented and ability to present views and perspectives are some of the screening indicators to be imperatively considered in selecting the delegates.
Finally, the 2012 Parliamentarians were chosen and is composed of 5 representatives per region, 55 sectors based on sectoral affiliation, and 20 based on NGA nomination. One hundred sixty youth leaders are expected to join the 9th NYP slated on May 2-6, 2012 in Naga City, Camarines Sur. With the theme, “Revolutionizing Youth Development,” the parliament aims to uphold the mandate of the NYP in suggesting policy and legislative thrust of the branches of the national and local government through resolutions as commanded by R.A. 8044 or the Youth and Nation-building Act.
The National Youth Commission (NYC) has released the names of the parliamentarians as follows:
REGIONAL:
ABALAJON, KARL VINCENT PORTUGALETE
AGUILAR, JOSHUA MARTIN LIGUTAN
ALCALA, GLENN WILLIAM SUICON
ANDIG, SITTIE AILAH MULOK
ARANZA, RANDELL TERRE
ARSENIO, ROMELLAINE XYENE LAUD
BADILLES, PAUL JONES FLORES
BALAG-EY, JASON LABASEN
BANGOY, LESLY ANN PUTIS
BASAL, MICHELLE CONTAPAY
BASIR, MONAIFAH TAIB
BENEDICTO, JOHN NIEL ALIMOREN
BONGCARAS, STEPHEN BRYAN YU
CACHO, REYNALD MARAVILLA
CADENA, HEREDHEL MINONG
CAGAMPANG, MIGRIO VINA ONIOLA
CALIG-ONAN, NICOLE CALIPAYAN
CARRERA, SHIRLEY MACASPAC
CASTORICO, MARY JOY BITAS
CENSORO, JECEL TANDOC
CORRAL, JACKIE JOHN BORBE
CRUZ, JOHN TOBIT EUSTAQUIO
DE LEON, JAN CARLO FABIAN
DELA CRUZ, MARK RUDOLF SEBASTIAN
DIÑO, GABRIEL PAOLO “HEART” FRIAS
DIZON, JENICA BEATRIZ VENZON
FALABI, CHRISTINE CAROL BALORO
FAMA, MARIA JAMYKA SY
FERRAREN, RUDIVER MAHILUM
FRANCISCO, GRETCHEN ESTILLORE
GALAP, GENESIS BOLLA
GUEVARRA, EDEN MAE TAUTHO
GUNTING, MOHAMMAD KHALID BALANGUE
HERNAEZ, ROXANNE MURILLO
HOMBREBUENO, JENNY ROSE ANTONIO
IMMID, ABMEL INDANAN
ISLA, NIKKI JANE SUBA
LABORDO, NINO ARCHIE SAYSON
LACBAO, NOVA JANE PUYOS
LAGARDE, PAUL FRANCIS NACIONAL
LAUZON, LEO CHRISTIAN VILLACORTES
LEE, FRANCIS JUL ROXAS
LEIDO, VICENTE IV COROZA
MACAULING, ZENDY VILLAMARTE
MADDUMBA, RASTIN VENTANILLIA
MAKALAY, RAHILA SANGKI
MANGADA, TIRSO VERGARA
MARANDA, AYANA JAMNIA GUJILDE
MIER, LUDEL MAIELLO FACISTOL
MIGUEL, RIO CARL FACTORELIN
MOHAMMAD, NAFIEZA SABDULA
MORALES, GERRALDO ANDO
NAPUTO, JOY RELLAMA
PADOJINOG, RONALD BARCENILLA
PALMARES, FAYE DOMINIQUE ROXAS
PANGADAPUN, YUSOPH III ABEDIN
PILOTON, KENNETH LEE PADERA
POMPERADA, LORD LEOMER BAYOMBONG
QUINTANA, RUSTIE LANTICSE
RADIA, MOHAMMAD RYAN DATUMULOK
RONULO, PEARL ANDION ANGOB
SABADO, JOSEPH IAN BUNIEL
SAGALLA, AMY SAGAYO
SALUDAR, CLAIDE KINNETH ALIVIO
SANTIAGO, FERRY IRISH MAY HERNANDEZ
SANTOS, PATRIXIA SHERLY DE LUMBAN
SIMACON, MARSAN JAMES BORRES
TABLAZON, JOHN OLIVER MAURICIO
TALPLACIDO, GERALDINE SIMON
TORIBIO, ADRIEL EARL ALBALADEJO
VALDEZ, JOHN KENNETH AIROL DOMONDON
VALDEZ, KIM LESTER DELA CRUZ
VERDEFLOR, JOINIE AURE
VILAR, DANNADEL SULIT
VILLACORTA, RAYMUND ORTIZANO
VILLAVELEZ, REX RIETA
VILLEZA, VINCENT RHAY PANGILINAN
VIOLA, ALDRIN VALMOCENA
VIOLAGO, CHRISTINE JEANNE GOMEZ
YSIK, ANGEL MARIE ARQUIZA
SECTORAL:
ADOLFO, RAXIEY GUMAMERA
AGUDELO, MERYL GRACE PABATAO
AGUILAR, JEROSS ROMANO
ALIBOD, JOSEPH DWYNE RATERTA
AMAGAN, MERALOU MARTURILLAS
BALATICO, IAN PHILIP TUSAY
BARIAS, REJOHN LIRA
BATULAWAN, YUSOP MIDTIMBANG
BERNALES, ALTHEA CHARISSE HORTILLANO
CABATAÑA, DEVYN GENEL MARIE RABASTO
CADAG, ALISSANDRA JASMINE LABASANO
CASTILLO, JANNINA ROSE ALBA
COLORADO, ABIGAIL BACQUIAN
COMPETENTE, RONNEL JOSEPH TRACENA
CRUZ, ALLEN RENALDO OCAMPO
DACAYANAN, DENNIS ANTONIO ABOY
DATINGUINOO, JEANETTE YUMOL
DE VERA, GERALD RIVAS
DIMAYUGA, ELLAINE GUILLARTE
DISOMIMBA, RENALEH-NUR MEHILA
DUMANGENG, CHRISTIAN PAWINGI
EBIL, DATUMANONG TIBOLON
ESTIVE, AGCEL ERBINA
ESTRELLAN, AIRAH SALOME CANJA
GEDORIA, JONIEL SALDAJENO
GELAWA, ANNA MAE SEGUNDO
GIDUCOS, MOHAMMAD JAMALUL JUMADIL
GONZALES, GONZALO JR. DEVERA
GONZALES, JE-CHRISTIAN MANAOIS
GUIRON, JULIE ANN YU
JIMENEZ, RICHARD SALVADOR
JUCOY, RAPHAEL REGALADO
KIMPO, PHILLIP JR. YERRO
LEGACION, MARIA VIANNEY LIBRANDO
MACAGARING, FRANCIS ABIO
MAGTUBO, DANICA SHAHANA GOBOY
MALLARI, ERICKSON TALAMAYAN
MARTE, CARENA CALDONA
MENIS, AILLEEN CLAIRE PAOAD
MOHAMMAD, FHARNIEZA SABDULA
MONTALBAN, LADY LEE SERENADO
MONTES, MATHEMAR BATEL-EY
NAVARRO, JOSEPH GUINTO
NONO, JOAN AHIRI
PAGHUBASAN, JONATHAN MARATAS
PRIMOR, KENT MARJUN BARETE
PURA, JANELLEE ESCANILLA
RODRIGUEZ, JUAN PAULO ORETA
ROQUE, ANTHONY MACASIEB
ROQUID, DANILO JR. CORTES
RUELAN, PEARL HOPE JUERA
SABEDO, EROSBON LAYUGAN
SAGAD, ARREL SHAYNE DANAO
SANDOVAL, KATRINA ABEGAIL PASTORA MASANGKAY
SARCEDA, PRINCESS CZARINA ARAGON
SAYSON, CATHERINE RUBANG
TAGUINDODO, RUFINA AP-APID
UNGGALA, HARON GIMBANG
ZAMORA, MICHAEL BELBES
PARTNERS/GOV’T AGENCIES:
ANDAYA, RAMSYSS MANSUL
GABUNALES, MAEFLOR PILAR POLITUD
GRANADA, LUKE FERNANDEZ
HALILI, RIZA TERESITA
MALITAN, MARK ANTHONY GONZALES
OROLFO, VINA LORRAINE ALAD
SIGNO, EDWIN ABRAHAM
SOLIMAN, SANDINO JULIANO
TOLEDO, ROMNICK CHAN
VALENZUELA, SHERRY IVY MONTEMAYOR

Press release from National Youth Commission