2014 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines – Region III




Congratulations to the 10 Regional Awardees of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) Region III.

1. Bryan Boy Cadavis Cortez
Bachelor of Library and Information Science | Baliuag University
2. Fernando Flores Dosono, Jr.
Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics | Mary the Queen College (Pampanga), Inc.

3. Mary Heliane Manalastas Fabian
Bachelor of Arts in Communication | Angeles University Foundation

4. Reymond Raquidan Galvez
Batsilyer ng Edukasyong Pansekundarya sa Larangan ng Filipino |Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Inc.

5. Jo-Mari Galicia Hieras
Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering | Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific

6. Aelhyn Carol Grey Lucero
Bachelor of Science in Nursing | Holy Angel University

7. Christopher Paulo Torres Manlapaz
Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English | Republic Central Colleges

8. Carlo Magno Lemon Sagun
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Crop Protection | Tarlac College of Agriculture

9. Mary Jane Carpio Samson
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science | Araullo University PHINMA Education Network

10. Kenneth Alex Regala Villanueva
Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics | Angeles University Foundation

Let’s support PRMSU bill!

| By Danilo V. Rogayan Jr.

The Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU), the only state university in the province of Zambales, is now facing a momentous turning point and is gearing itself in the gargantuan change to happen. Over the years, RMTU has inflicted positive transformations not only in the province of Zambales but also in the entire region and in the country as higher education institution. As a university, it has provided instruction to young Zambaleños and has also undertaken research, extension and production to uplift the lives of the community people.

PRMSU bill In consonance, Dr. Cornelio C. Garcia, RMTU president, has started embedding changes in almost all aspects of the university since his assumption to office on March 21, 2013. One of the transformations he has started doing is the move to rename RMTU to Pres. Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU). The said metamorphosis is being made possible with the support of Cong. Cheryl P. Deloso-Montalla, Representative of the Second District of Zambales. The lady solon has introduced House Bill No. 3490 which seeks to rename RMTU into PRMSU and broaden it as a premier institution of higher learning in the province of Zambales and in the entire Central Luzon.

House Bill No. 3490, otherwise known as “President Ramon Magsaysay State University Charter of 2013,” also seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8498 wherein RMTU was established as a state university in order to “primarily provide instructions, undertake research and extension, and provide advanced studies and progressive leadership in agriculture, forestry, engineering, technology, education, arts, sciences, humanities, and other fields as may be relevant to the development of the province” of Zambales.

Trailing back its history, RMTU is an amalgamation of three public education institutions in the province of Zambales which was established by virtue of Republic Act 8498, enacted on February 12, 1998. The RMTU Charter merged the former Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic College (RMPC) established in 1910 in Iba, the Western Luzon Agricultural College (WLAC) founded in 1927 in San Marcelino and the Candelaria School of Fisheries (CSF) established  in Candelaria in 1965. The strengths of its parent-institutions served as springboard for accelerated institutional growth and development.

RMTU is mandated by law “to perform all kinds of academic activities within the commerce of man. However, the enabling law for the creation and operation of RMTU does not provide the necessary latitude for the state university to become abreast with other institutions of higher learning,” the PRMSU bill reads. The bill also asserts that with the rapid technological and scientific advancements at present, new ideas come to fore by the minute. Access to this information is beyond the current financial and technological capability of RMTU. Moreover, PRMSU bill avers that “only with a redesigned and redefined charter that RMTU can become at par with other public and private tertiary education institutions in the region and in the country.”

Henceforth, the proposed charter “will provide RMTU with the necessary elbow room to reformulate its academic offerings and instructions. Infusion of yearly allocation for the conduct of democratic and secular academic and vocational instructions is another feature of the bill that will hopefully allow RMTU to reach new and greater heights.”

As stakeholders, let us earnestly support the immediate passage of PRMSU bill if we want the university to become a premier university of science & technology, and eventually be transformed into a stronger and more comprehensive chartered state university!

Full text of the bill here. 

Castillejos, Zambales May 2013 Midterm Elections Results (Partial and Unofficial)



85.71% of ERs processed
as of May 15, 12:53AM

  2. BILLMAN, WILMA (SZP) 7206


85.71% of ERs processed
as of May 15, 12:53AM

  1. VILORIA, RESTY (SZP) 9023


85.71% of ERs processed
as of May 15, 12:53AM

  1. ESPOSO, NIÑO (SZP) 8591
  2. SALIH, RIZAL JR. (SZP) 8345
  5. DALIT, JOY MARIE (PMP) 7894
  6. DALIT, CLAUDE SR. (SZP) 7347
  10. MANGOSING, RICO (PMP) 5330
  11. TUGADI, ALBERT (PMP) 5274
  13. MANZANO, ARTURO (PMP) 4917
  14. PADILLA, EFREN (SZP) 4497
  15. FOSTER, SONIA (SZP) 4235

Source: COMELEC Transparency Server, http://halalan2013.abs-cbnnews.com/results/local.html

Zambales May 2013 Midterm Elections Results (Partial and Unofficial)

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53.64% of ERs processed as of May 15, 12:53AM

  1. EBDANE, JUN (SZP) 95026
  2. DELOSO, AMOR (LP) 76287


53.64% of ERs processed as of May 15, 12:53AM

  1. LACBAIN, RAMON (SZP) 89834


48.18% of ERs processed as of May 15, 12:53AM

  2. GORDON, JAMES JR. (LP) 19189
  3. MAGSAYSAY, JOBO (UNA) 10093


74.92% of ERs processed as of May 15, 12:53AM

  2. EBDANE, JUN OMAR (SZP) 54576


34.04% of ERs processed as of May 15, 12:53AM

  1. KHONGHUN, JON (SZP) 41242
  2. FELARCA, JB (SZP) 29935
  4. DELA LLANA, BABY (LP) 12711
  6. FEBRE, DUANE IND 2025


69.00% of ERs processed as of May 15, 12:53AM

  1. DELOSO, JURY IND 48977
  2. COLLADO, ATONG (SZP) 45217
  3. PANGAN, JUN (UNA) 41718
  4. ABLOLA, SAM (SZP) 41139
  5. MENDOZA, AL IND 37679
  7. ABASTA, SANCHO JR. (SZP) 34660
  9. LIM, MOR (LP) 31163
  12. MORAÑA, JEAN (SZP) 27122
  13. EBARLE, ERIC IND 23079
  14. NACIN, FIDELIZA (LP) 16372
  15. BLANCO, ROBERTO (SZP) 16183
  16. BUENO, BABY (LP) 14227
  17. AQUINO, RAMON SR. IND 11747
  18. MISA, BOY IND 9777


Source: COMELEC Transparency Server, http://halalan2013.abs-cbnnews.com/results/local.html

I Choose Bayan

Walang makahihigit pa sa rikit at ganda

Ng bayang handog sa atin ng Bathalang dakila…


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…