5 students get 1st MCLL Awards of Excellence PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2011 16:17

Five outstanding students from the local colleges and universities have been conferred the first Maria Clara L. Lobregat Awards of Excellence (MCLLAE) in a fitting program Tuesday night at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca highlighting “Dia de Ma’am Calling”.

The awardees who mostly graduated cum laude are Adrian S. Uro of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Arthur S. Batica of the Southern City Colleges, Emrant M. Chua of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, George F. Diesanta of AMA Computer University and Sarah J. Taradji of the Western Mindanao State University.

Aimed at recognizing the academic achievements of graduating tertiary students, the awards were conferred by the city government through Mayor Celso Lobregat and assisted by the respective school administrators during the commemorative program, marking the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat’s 90th birthday dubbed “Dia de Ma’am Caling.”

The award is both an honor and a commitment. It is regarded as a valid indicator that the student will succeed in life, believing that it can make a positive difference in the lives of individual recipients and in the spirit of the community and the school where they graduated from.

The awardees had been screened by the selection committee headed by Ms. Teresita Sebastian, a bank manager, through nominations from the respective school administrators, deans or presidents.
Under the pre-requisite condition for academic selection, the school president is requested to nominate only one student with a cumulative grage point average of at least 85% (or its equivalent).

Aside from the academic merits, the awards also include service and leadership merits through the voluntary contributions made by the student-awardees to their schools or communities and done without compensation and with a positive, courteous and enthusiastic spirit.

The awarding program highlighted this year’s “Dia de Ma’am Caling” activities which started with the distribution of PhilHealth cards to 3,755 new beneficiaries; Operation Tuli that netted 250 boys circumcised for free; inauguration of the P8.6-million site development and beautification projects on R.T. Lim Boulevard; and a mass at Pasonanca Church in remembrance of Ma’am Caling.

Also present during the commemorative program were Lobregat’s borther, Jomar, sister, Ditas, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council, city department heads and some staff, barangay officials, representatives from the academe and business and police and military sectors. — Vic Larato