Two graduates of Silliman University qualified for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) 2017 from Region VII.
Genin Raya V. Amiscaray, bachelor of business administration major in Economics, and Val Amiel Vestil, bachelor of mass communication, together with eight other student leaders from universities in the Central Visayas, will compete in the national search for the country’s TOSP.
TOSP is a program held annually to honor exceptional youths for their academic excellence, leadership, morals, and service to the community.
Amiscaray and Vestil both graduated magna cum laude FROM Silliman University last March 2016. Amiscaray was awarded Most Outstanding Student of the Year while Vestil was given the Senior Student of the Year award.
Vestil shared that his main priority in TOSP is advancing his advocacy on the environment. Last month he won in the 10th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition, besting 300 entries from 55 countries.
Vestil said, “I feel really motivated to keep on doing what I love doing, which is giving back to my community in the way I am capable of. I’m really using this TOSP experience to amplify my advocacy on environmental journalism.”
“It’s also very humbling to be part of a community of outstanding students. . . and beyond being ‘outstanding,’ it is the heart of nation-building that glues the TOSP community together,” he added.
On the other hand, Amiscaray expressed her gratitude and said it was very humbling for her to be able to reflect on the total human development and quality Christian education that Silliman offers.
“This distinction serves as my inspiration to continue to serve because I believe it is my calling, and because nothing can compare to the fulfillment that comes with helping make other people’s lives better, no matter how small or simple the act of service may be,” she said.
The awarding ceremony for the TOSP will take place at Malacañang, with the President presenting the award to the winners.