By Susanah Jane L. Lapa
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Commander Gabriel Paulo Orosco
“Cadet of the Year” last Dec. 20, 2013 at Camp Aguinaldo Quezon City.
The AFP “Cadet of the Year” award is the highest distinction given to a cadet officer and it is personally given by the president.
A junior medical technology student, Orosco received the recognition for excelling academically, for leading various campus and community activities, for championing advocacies and for performing well in the ROTC.
“I hope the award would change people’s perception of ROTC cadet officers. Our skills are not limited to the ROTC but we can also excel in academics and in organizing campus events,” he said.
This is Orosco’s second national award, having previously received the Philippine Army Cadet of the Year award last March 2013, a feat no Sillimanian has achieved in more than two decades.
Orosco is a member of the dean’s list at the Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and was the college governor of the Medical Technology Society during which they ranked second best student organization in the university.
He also received the Honor Star medal and Leadership medal given in the ROTC.
Orosco added that he is currently considering pursuing a career either in the military or as a medical doctor.
He also expressed his elation when President Benigno Aquino III personally handed him the award during the AFP’s 78th anniversary.
“It was amazing to be in the presence of the leader of the country. It is a rare opportunity to shake hands with him and receive his congratulations. It’s inspiring to know that what you’re doing now will someday help the country,” he said.
Orosco’s award complemented the SU ROTC Unit’s achievement of being declared champion for Region 7 in the 2013 Regional Annual Administrative Performance Evaluation.