MANILA, May 27 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through the AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO), will honor on Friday its 508 graduate students for the school year 2009-2010.
Dubbed as Salute to Success," at least 88 grantees coming from different universities and colleges nationwide will attend the event to stand as representatives for the honorees.
The AFP will recognize three magna cum laude, 13 cum laude and nine other top graduates who have received leadership and extra-curricular merits.
Finishing with magna cum laude distinction are Jennylyn Joy Bajao, with the degree AB Psychology at the University of the East; Karina Tropicales, with the degree BA Communications at the University of the Philippines; and Michael Molino, with the degree BS Information Technology at the Batangas State University.
The cum laude graduates are Edgar Dent Ngo, BS Business Administration (New Era University); Catherine Mae Postre, AB Behavioral Science (University of the Philippines); Mark Louie Cuevas, Bachelor of Secondary Education (Bicol University); Armi Joyce de Guzman, BS Nursing (Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology); Aaron James Maravilla, Bachelor in Elementary Education (Bicol University); Pearly Beth Ogayon, BA Journalism (Bicol University); Cheryl Mae Reyes, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (Abra Valley Colleges); Edlyn Joy Cabizares, BS Nursing (West Negros College); Leah Bello, BS Information Management (Samar State Polytechnic College); Cleden Marie Castante and Honeylyn Montajes, BS Nursing (Western Mindanao State University), and Chrisdel Carla Grace Ventura, Bachelor in Elementary Education (Mindanao State University).
Granted with the leadership award are Roie Klystron Exconde, BS Computer Engineering (Polytechnic University of the Philippines); Vanreese Atta, BS Nursing (Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines), and Ericson Garlito, BS Criminology (Negros Oriental State University).
Receiving other extra-curricular merits are Sociocultural Awardee Karla Rhea Balut, BS Nursing (Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines); Excellent in Computer Programming Crissi Ianna Cabangon, BS Information Technology (Golden West Colleges); Academic Distinction Awardee Marilou Malate, BS Nursing (Camarines Sur Polytechnic College); Journalism Awardee Geryl Natividad, BS Information Technology (Tarlac State University); Best in Robotics and Networks Michelle Yu, BS Civil Engineering (San Sebastian College-Recoletos); Service Awardee Marjo Celoso, BS Secondary Education (West Visayas State University); Student Awardee Joel Egonio, BS Hospitality Management (Fellowship Baptist College); and Academic Merit Awardee Carlben Tianes, AB Political Science (Western Mindanao State University).
The AFPEBSO is an organization which has been providing educational assistance to qualified dependents of military personnel in recognition of the heroism and gallantry of the Filipino soldiers since year 2000. It caters particularly to the disadvantaged orphans whose parents perished or were incapacitated in combat.
To date, the organization has 252 programs supported by law mandates and partnerships with educational, government, socio-civic, and financial institutions.
Since 2008, the AFPEBSO Salute to Success has acknowledged the individuals and institutions which are continuously supporting the education of soldiers dependents.
The event also aims to further develop the relationship between the AFP and its partners and to share the sentiment of pride and fulfillment among its stakeholders for their contributions to the welfare of each soldier's family.
The AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Natividad Bangit said: "The foundation of every nation is the education of every youth. We recognize how important it is to our soldiers to be able to send to school their beloved sons and daughters. I applaud all our graduates, especially those with flying colors, for living their parents dreams. (PNA) scs/VR