The Outstanding Students Circle of Iloilo hereby announces the start of the Search for 10 Outstanding Elementary School Pupils (TOESP) and 10 Outstanding Secondary School Students (TOSSS) of Iloilo for the Academic Year 2014-2015.
The schedule of activities is listed below.
Nomination forms are available at the offices of the Department of Education (Divisions of Iloilo, Iloilo City, and Passi City).
Guidelines and mechanics for the nominations are listed below.
Private schools can submit their nomination folders to the Department of Education, Division of Iloilo office, Luna St., La Paz, Iloilo City, c/o Office of the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Secondary Department.
Please visit this blog regularly for the announcements of the venues of activities, and for any changes, if any.
The Screening Committee AY 2014-2015
1. Schedule of Activities
for Submission of Nominations ……… Monday,
January 5, 2015
Examinations ……………………………. Wednesday,
January 21, 2015
Interview of Finalists ……………………… Wednesday,
February 11, 2015
of Awardees………..…………………Friday, March 6,
Ceremony ……………………………..Friday, March 13, 2015
Final venues/changes/details for the above activities will be posted at the OSCI official blog http://outstandingstudentscircleofiloilo.blogspot.com .
2. Qualifications of nominees for the Outstanding Pupils/Students awards
a) Must be a graduating elementary school pupil or a graduating secondary school student by AY 2014-2015
b) A bonafide student of the nominating school
c) Must have participated or been awarded in, at least, a congressional level activity which was not sponsored by the nominating school
d) Of good moral and academic standing
e) Displays distinctive leadership qualities
f) Exhibits meritorious service to his peers, school, or community
g) Participates in other worthwhile undertakings for the success and honor of his/her school or community
h) Serves as positive role model epitomizing the importance of hard and honest work
3. Selection Criteria
a) Academic achievements..................... 50%
...a.1) Academic Grades................ 50%
...a.2) Written Examinations........... 50%
b) Co-curricular activities........................ 35%
c) Personal Interview.............................. 15%
a) Participating schools submit to the Department of Education (Division where the school is under) the personal data, academic grades and list of co-curricular activities of their nominees using a standard form. Co-curricular activities must be sorted by date and must be authenticated and duly signed by authorized persons.
b) Nomination forms are available from the Department of Education.
c) A school can only have one nominee.
d) A school can have its own criteria in selecting a nominee. Any questions as regards the school’s nominee or its selection process must be directed to and settled within the school. OSCI will not entertain any questions or complaints in this regard.
e) Nominees collectively go to a specified place at a specified date for written examinations. OSCI formulates the test questions.
f) Screening committee gives points to nominees’ academic achievements and co-curricular activities.
g) The top 15 with highest accumulated points are called back for final interview before a panel of judges.
Candidates are interviewed based on questions and grading system designed by OSCI.
h) Final points are tallied. The results, after the deliberation of the Screening Committee, are final and unappealable.
i) Official results are sent to the Department of Education.
j) Awardees are officially informed to receive their awards.
5. Contact Persons
Henry Bueron Caspe 09187973041
Dimpna Castigador 09228063805
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."
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
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
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).
means growing, don’t let the red light stop the going.” – the Victors (TOSSS
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Congratulations to the Ten Outstanding Elementary School Pupils and the Ten Outstanding Secondary School Students of Iloilo for AY 2013-2014!
This year is the year of Janiuay Pilot Elementary School in the elementary, and Igbaras National High School and Oton National High School in the secondary. After so many tries in the past, they finally made it to the Circle this academic year.
In the past, the Screening Committee was ambivalent about continuing the Search for TOESP and TOSSS of Iloilo because of the alleged pressure on the students as shown by the innumerable inter-school contests, organizations, outreach programs and other seemingly insignificant activities that were lumped in the folders of the nominees, on top of the academic lessons they have to muster in outstanding manner to earn them a berth in OSCI’s Outstanding list.
But this batch of awardees came from a poll of Finalists who were more relaxed, straight-forward, animated, unafraid and consistently articulate. The panelists too (some of them were with the panel since 2006 when we started) were more relaxed, merry, and exuberant with their ratings.
Indeed, there were fewer inter-school events this academic year; possibly because of typhoon Yolanda, the implementation of the K-to-12 curriculum, or the policy of many schools to limit the co-curricular activities of their students. Even DepEd sponsored activities seemed fewer this academic year.
If we were to connect the dots: the less stress on the students, the happier they are, and the more productive they become.
But no, the pressure was still very much present during the Search. We noticed many fidgety, nervous, withdrawn, prayerful, and sullen faces. They were the parents, coaches and teachers who seemed more pressured than their confident wards.
But now that the results are out, I am sure that all those sleepless nights of anticipation are finally over.
Congratulations to the parents, coaches, teachers, school administrators, supporters, and the schools in general of all the awardees.
And to the schools which did not make it this year, keep the fire burning! Next year, can be your year. Keep making a difference to your students and the community.