Three students from Ilocos Sur are among the 600 graduating high school students in the entire country who are this year’s National Discipline Awardees of the AY Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Yuchengco Group of Companies. They are Kelvin John A. Bagaoisan of Santa Cruz Institute in Santa Cruz town, Francis Paul A. Bayan of Saint Augustine’s School in Tagudin town, and Lehlie Jesse R. Rebullo of Saint Paul College of Ilocos Sur in Bantay town. This is according to the published pages on the awardees at Manila Bulletin Today May 18, 2010.
In region I five each comes from Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte, and two from la Union. They are Liezel R. Biag of Currimao National High School, Betriz Kay Datu of Mariano Marcos State University Laoag, Krizza May C. Gallano of Paoay Lake National High School, Abegail C. Guiang of Mariano Marcos State University, Dennis A. Pungtilan of Immaculate Conception Academy, Lovelyn Ann D. Calderon of Rosario National High School, Mark Martin C. Celino of Colegio San Jose de Alaminos, Julius I. Cruz of Saint Columban’s School, Ricky Ofrancia of Calasiao Comprehensive National High School, Marlk Lorenz T. Salcedo of Saint Mary’s Dominican School, Racquel Dennis Galang of Christ the King College, and Rolando E. Pascua, Jr of Stella Maris Academy.
To recognize their outstanding examples of discipline in the school and in the community, the National Discipline Award is given each year to outstanding graduating students in 500 secondary schools in the country.
“Brilliant in mind yet humble in spirit, these teenagers possess early in life a driving force that enables them to excel despite all odds: self-discipline. It lets them face their life challenges without courage, high morale, and optimism, setting their sights firmly into a bright future.”
This year’s awardees were “carefully selected by their academic leaders and peers, and are awarded with medals and cash incentives intended to inspire them to further their studies, attain their dreams, and contribute to the good of the nation.”
According to the Yuchengo Group of Companies website, the Alfonso Yuchengco Foundation, Inc (AY) serves as the heart of YGC. It manifests the Group’s conviction that social responsibility is a corporation’s lifeblood, essential to its survival and success.
Established in 1970, this nonprofit, service-oriented organization has dedicated itself to the upliftment of the Filipino spirit. Using contributions from YGC’s member companies, AY has various social development programs focusing particularly in the educational and health and nutrition sector.
After thirty years of serving the Filipinos, the Foundation continues its commitment to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the Filipino –especially the poor and disadvantaged.# )