Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PNoy appoints former OSCI awardee as new youth commissioner
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Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol, Most Outstanding Secondary School Student (MOSSS) of Iloilo for School Year 2007-2008 was recently appointed by no less than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III as new Commissioner representing Visayas of the National Youth Commission (NYC) replacing Assistant Secretary Erwin Chua Andaya of Cebu City, effective May 5.

Peñol was a former chairperson of their barangay's Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in 2007 to 2010; was elected Municipal Councilor of Pavia, Iloilo from 2010 to 2013, being the youngest during his time; and served as Chief of Office Operations of 2nd District Rep. Arcadio H. Gorriceta until his recent appointment.

During his high school years, Peñol was president of their school's Supreme Student Government (SSG), Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, Inc. (PSYSC) Regional Council - VI, and the National Federation of Youth, Science, Technology and Environment Science Clubs.

"Having graduated Class Salutatorian at Pavia National High School, Peñol is a combination of intellect and skill," quipped Dr. Myrna S. Castillo, Schools Division Superintendent of Department of Education Division of Iloilo.

Peñol graduated with a degree of AB Political Science at Central Philippine University in October 2013.

Meanwhile, in the National Youth Commission, Asec. Peñol will chair the following committees: 

  • Committee on Sangguniang Kabataan Affairs;
  • Committee on Employment; and
  • Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development
Peñol is among the youngest among the new batch of appointees to the Commission along with Gregorio Ramon Tingson as Chairman; Jose Sixto "Dingdong" Dantes III and Jose Rafael Cruz as Commissioners at large; Percival Cendaña as Commissioner representing Luzon; Earl Saavedra as Commissioner representing Mindanao; and Shierwin Taay as Executive Director.

The 23-year old commissioner aims to "bring the youth projects and programs of the national government to the grassroots and bring the concerns of the grassroots to the national government."


Thursday, March 20, 2014

We Are Not Ordinary
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Response Speech delivered by Chloe Ellesse S. Faciolan, Most Outstanding Elementary School Pupil of Iloilo, on behalf of the Ten Outstanding Elementary School Pupils of Iloilo for the Academic Year 2013-2014 (Batch Supernovas).  

We Are not Ordinary. We STAND OUT.

To the members of the Outstanding Students Circle of Iloilo, honored guests, parents, teachers and coaches, fellow awardees, and guests – good afternoon.

We chose to be called Supernovas – unexpected explosions of prominence. Generally

speaking, we aren’t just the no-nonsense pupils who managed to resist days of fixing big books and running from co-curricular activity to co-curricular activity – we are ten no-longer-nobodies who are chosen to be a part of a community spearheaded by outstanding intellectuals. We aren’t just your bookie-sterotypes, we’re more than that. We’re super.
Not exaggerating, of course. As outstanding students, we must be humble of our becoming, even if we seem quite smart and talented and school-popular. In fact, we feel more blessed than super. The latter, however, has sort of the same meaning as extraordinary, capable of standing out, outstanding - a perfect description for our batch. Of all the ambitious, fame-hungry elementary pupils waiting for a chance out there, we are the ten from them, gathered here today to receive our responsibilities as model students and wardens of difference. We are the pupils brought here by hard work to continue what we have started in the past – making our own ways of difference and trademarking ourselves in the history of the Circle.

Through the efforts of the OSCI, in cooperation with DepEd Division of Iloilo, Iloilo City and Passi City, countless pupils have been vested with the responsibility as model students – including us. We have been given a life-changing chance to showcase our hidden talents. We have been praised for our efforts in being deemed worthy of being outstanding. And, now, as we partake a journey molded with honor, in behalf of the Supernovas, I thank the Circle, for accepting us as new members, for helping us to be spotlighted and known by pupils and teachers alike. Even though long after we are given this great award, we will continue our roles as former awardees, seeking for difference.

I would also like to thank our supporters, parents, and coaches in behalf of my batch, for being the reason we are here standing before you today. We thank you for the undying support you showered upon us as we move on to a higher stage of battling among brains, for being behind us  in every endeavor we worked our way into, and lastly, for helping us stand out and be different from the rest. Whatever victory we have garnered now is also yours, and we salute you for everything you have been through during this phase of life’s journey.

Lastly, we thank you, dear Lord, the Almighty Creator, for making this success possible with Your mercy. We give You back the glory and honor we have now; for none of this would be possible without your endearing love.

We are the Supernovas. We are explosive and relatively young, we are different minds coalesced in a single group, but we have one thing in common – we aren’t ordinary, and we stand out in the galaxy. Just like every batch the OSCI has awarded from the very beginning until now.

Once again, good afternoon.  


Making A Difference
Himig Tigum10:30 AM 1 comments

Response Speech delivered by Dionysius Valeen Chiu, Most Outstanding Secondary School Student of Iloilo, on behalf of the Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students of Iloilo for the Academic Year 2013-2014 (Batch The Victors). 

“If success means growing, don’t let the red light stop the going.” – the Victors (TOSSS 2014).

To the members of the Outstanding Student Circle of Iloilo headed by Mr. Henry Caspe, event organizers, alumni, school administrators, fellow awardees, guests, ladies and gentlemen,  good afternoon.

Do you know the reason why God allowed the Philippines to be struck by typhoon Yolanda? It’s because we, Filipinos, especially us the youth, are strong enough to face such tremendous challenges. Yolanda may have been one of the most destructive typhoons that we have experienced, but as we delve deeper, we realize that Yolanda is not the only storm in our lives. Day in and day out, we ourselves face our own colossal storms and our goal is to not only overcome them, but also to learn from them. 

We, my fellow awardees and I, all started as typical students with hidden potentials coming from humble beginnings. We were not as perfect as what some people thought we were. Surely still, we are not. We commit mistakes; we exhibit weaknesses and shortcomings as well; even we fall on our feet, but then, we learn to rise. Actually we just do not rise, we “extra rise”. Every time we stumble, we get up stronger. We have been beaten up and broken down; nevertheless, we believe we are built to last. #Nokia. We are the Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students 2014, proudly made in Iloilo. #JD. We believe that as we speed up to success, we become pioneers, leading innovation. #Toshiba. The moments we fall short, we understand that life is not perfect, but we also recognize that life’s good. #LG. In the end, we are still the best. #TheVictors.

We are as ordinary as some of the students you observe. We have within us the laughter of a kid, the compassion of a parent, the discipline of a soldier. But what makes us different are our determination and commitment to be the best, coupled with the willingness to make a difference. To put it into perspective, if we were an apple, we would want to be the healthiest apple we can be. If we were a knife, we would want to be the sharpest knife that we can be. We knew then that we embarked on a different journey that only few chose to pave. “We are the best”, we said not knowing the mysteries where our destiny could take us. Then after a few steps, our paths converged in an intersection called OSCI. We knew each other, we believed in each other, we trusted each other, and we lived in each other. And as we know more of each other, we understand that we are more than who we think we are. 
We thought we are good, no, we are better. We thought we are strong, no, we are stronger. We thought we are tough, no, we are tougher. We thought we are ordinary, no, we are the Victors. And as victors, we understand that we are built to last. We understand that when failures pull us, we must persevere to escape their grip because we know that somebody in the success ladder is waiting for us, or maybe somebody who direly needs our help, perhaps somebody we love who misses us. In any case, we must persist because we have some unfinished business and we are here to finish it, we must endure because deep within our beating heart is a strong declaration that we are built to last. We heartily believe that we can withstand any problem that we face, any obstacle that blocks our way, any challenge that shows up in front of us.

Likewise, we believe that we are ILOILO. We embody Iloilo’s greatness, its rich history, color-filled festivals, very hospitable people. Moreover, we, the outstanding students, epitomize academic excellence and active co-curricular activities. Together, we represent the Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students of Iloilo.

And because of this identity we adopt, we board on an exciting ship, comparative to the colonial times, set sail for the Spice Island. And as we navigate through the Pacific Ocean with terrifying waves, and barely have something to eat, we at last found our treasure island. In our lives, we, too have our spice islands, our goals. But what makes us great is how big our goal is. If we aim low, we reach low. If we aim high, we reach high. In this sense, we, the TOSSS of Iloilo, believe in innovation, creativity, progress, advancement, revolution. We accept as true that we, the modern inventors of this society, will create outstanding designs that will better the situation not only for our city, not only for our country, but also for our world. We truly know that in the long run, we can contribute unboundedly. We, in this society, can leave an imprinted mark of integrity and excellence - a sight that signals might; a voice that echoes commitment; a flavor that tastes success. 
But sometimes, even with our very ambitious aspirations, we learn to smell failures. We fall short of our dreams, a sign that not everything goes our way. But still, we move on, we go on with life, we set higher, more audacious goals because we realize that even if life is not perfect, and it will never be, life is still good. Even if we travel across countries by foot, life’s greatness will bring us slippers along the way. Because of OSCI, we are the storytellers of the reality that life is a harsh place, but still, good enough. This is the reason why when we were babies, we struggled to walk on our petite feet and be independent of our two tiny arms. Because even in our young minds, we already perceived that there is a challenging yet wonderful world that awaits us. Maybe we did not have to see the world on all fours; maybe the reason why our two arms were spared is because they are to be used to show life’s greatness to others.

And fortunately, these people who do great miracles for others have been with us. The Outstanding Students Circle of Iloilo, for initiatively seeking high potential students and pupils to dream more and aim higher. Big thanks to you. Our parents, for continuously cheering us up, for motivating us and inspiring us to be outstanding students and pupils, thank you. We also have our principals and executive directors to be acknowledged and recognized for never-endingly seeking to improve our standards, changing our mindsets to that of winners. Thank you. Our coaches for lifting us up, for supporting us, for mentoring us on how to be the best that we can be, we also show gratitude to you for making us see our potentials that we thought never existed. Great thanks to those who believe in us that we can succeed and be an outstanding student or pupil. But my utmost expression of gratitude to God, our source of life, our spring of wisdom, our cradle of love, for guiding us and for staying by our side, keeping us safe, and always planning what is best for us. 
Every thunder we hear that trembles us, every lighting we see that blinds us, every poison we taste that kills us, every mistake we make that depresses us, every fear we show that paralyzes us, every sin we commit that defiles us, is all but a part of our imperfect life. The most important thing is what we do with our flaws. Do we improve it right, or do we leave it as is? “We can live in this world, but once. But if we live it right, once is already enough”- Blessed Bea Plondaya, MOSSS 2013. All of us are given equal opportunity to live, but it’s what we make of life that determines who we are. This is what we make of it - The Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students of Iloilo. We firmly believe that we are the best. We walk, we fall, then we crawl, then we stand, then we run, then we jump, then we fly, then we win, we are the Victors. We fall hard, we rise higher. We make a difference. Thank you OSCI. Thank you everybody.  


Thursday, March 6, 2014

PIA press release: Iloilo’s outstanding pupils, students bared
Himig Tigum9:21 AM 0 comments

ILOILO CITY, March 5 (PIA6) - - The results of the Search for Ten Outstanding Elementary School Pupils (TOESP) and Ten Oustanding Secondary School Students (TOSSS) of Iloilo for Academic Year 2013-2014 were finally out with Chloe Ellesse Faciolan and Dionysius Valeen Chiu leading the awardees. -

See more here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

SPED-ISEC pupil, ISA student top OSCI 2014 awards
Ilonggo Ako8:48 PM 0 comments

Chloe Ellesse Faciolan of SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children and Dionysius Valeen Chiu of the Iloilo Scholastic Academy emerged as torchbearers of this year's Ten Outstanding Elementary Pupils and Secondary School Students of Iloilo respectively.

The results were announced during the Orientation Program for this year's awarding ceremony which was held at Iloilo National High School Gabaldon Social Hall, February 28.

The following is the order of awardees by rank. They were evaluated based on their: academic performance, written examinations, co-curricular activities and interview.

The awarding ceremony will be held at Iloilo Scholastic Academy on March 14, 2014, 1:00 PM.


Friday, February 28, 2014

The Ladder of St. Augustine
Himig Tigum11:58 PM 2 comments

Saint Augustine! well hast thou said,
That of our vices we can frame
A ladder, if we will but tread
Beneath our feet each deed of shame!

All common things, each day's events,
That with the hour begin and end,
Our pleasures and our discontents,
Are rounds by which we may ascend

The low desire, the base design,
That makes another's virtues less;
The revel of the ruddy wine,
And all occasions of excess;

The longing for ignoble things;
The strife for triumph more than truth;
The hardening of the heart, that brings
Irreverence for the dreams of youth;

All thoughts of ill; all evil deeds,
That have their root in thoughts of ill;
Whatever hinders or impedes
The action of the nobler will; —

All these must first be trampled down
Beneath our feet, if we would gain
In the bright fields of fair renown
The right of eminent domain.

We have not wings, we cannot soar;
But we have feet to scale and climb
By slow degrees, by more and more,
The cloudy summits of our time.

The mighty pyramids of stone
That wedge-like cleave the desert airs,
When nearer seen, and better known,
Are but gigantic flights of stairs.

The distant mountains, that uprear
Their solid bastions to the skies,
Are crossed by pathways, that appear
As we to higher levels rise.

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Standing on what too long we bore
With shoulders bent and downcast eyes,
We may discern — unseen before —
A path to higher destinies,

Nor doom the irrevocable Past
As wholly wasted, wholly vain,
If, rising on its wrecks, at last
To something nobler we attain.

The Ladder of St. Augustine by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow@

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Orientation of the TOESP and TOSSS of Iloilo 2014
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To All Awardees -  Ten Outstanding Elementary School Pupils (TOESP) and Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students (TOSSS) of Iloilo for AY 2013-2014.

Your Orientation will be on February 28, 2014, Friday, 1:30pm at the Gabaldon Bldg, Iloilo National High School, Luna St., La Paz, Iloilo City.

Please wear your school uniform and ID.

The half-day Orientation will be conducted by the previous years' OSCI awardees headed by the Batch 2006.

The main activity during the Orientation is the drafting by the awardees of their response speeches to be delivered by the Most Outstanding Elementary School Pupil (MOESP) and the Most Outstanding Secondary School Student (MOSSS) during the Awarding Ceremony on March 14, 2014.

The awardees' ranks and the MOESP and MOSSS of Iloilo for AY 2013-2014 will be revealed at the last part of the Orientation. The school of the MOSSS will be the venue of the Awarding Ceremony.

As a tradition during the Awarding Ceremony, the school of the MOSSS carries the National Flag, and the school flags of the MOSSS and the MOESP (school of MOESP may bring their own flag carriers). The flag carriers lead the Processional. The school of the MOSSS also leads in the singing of the National Anthem.

Other traditions: school of  MOESP provides the intermission number; the previous year MOESP leads the Opening Prayer; and the previous year MOSSS or designated previous year TOSSS acts as program host/hostess.

Reminders to awardees: Your pictures will be printed for posterity in the souvenir program. Please bring to the Orientation your new photos if you wish to change them, including corrections to spelling of names, etc. @  

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Ten Outstanding Elementary School Pupils and Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students of Iloilo for AY 2013-2014
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Herewith are the final official results of the Search for Ten Outstanding Elementary School Pupils and Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students of Iloilo for AY 2013-2014 (in alphabetical order):

The awarding ceremony will be on March 14, 2014, at 1:00pm. The tentative venue is Monfort Hall, Department of Education Building, La Paz, Iloilo City.

Congratulations to the awardees.

Over-all Chairperson
2014 Screening Committee

Note: The Orientation for the above awardees is on February 28, 2014, 1:00 pm, instead of March 7. The venue will be announced later. The awardees are asked to wear their school uniforms.