Sibling scholars recognized at 16th Graduates’ forum

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Friday, May 2, 2014


A FORMER scholar and her younger brother were both recognized at the recent Graduates’ Forum of the Metrobank Foundation held last April 26 at the Metrobank Plaza.

Justin Owen Francisco, a BS Architecture graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, was conferred the “Metrobank Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award” for winning in numerous national design competitions, such as the National Esquisse Competition Sketching Category, UAPSA NAW Competition UST Chapter, the Pangasinan Sports Complex Design Competition, and the UST (GenSan) Student Health Center Design Competition.

His older sister, Elise Sophia Francisco, also an MBFI scholar who graduated in 2012, was conferred the “Group Chairman’s Award for Exemplary Scholarship” for placing third in the recent Architecture Licensure Examinations. She graduated with a degree in BS Architecture from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Justin Owen Francisco and Elise Sophia Francisco
L-R: Justin Owen Francisco and Elise Sophia Francisco (Contributed photo)

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Justin and Elise are both recipients of the MBFI-Boysen Paint Scholarship Program.

The annual Graduates’ Forum serves as a venue for the Foundation to recognize its graduate scholars’ outstanding academic and co-curricular achievements such as graduating with Latin honors and receiving special citations.

The forum also serves as an opportunity for the scholars to personally thank their benefactors and to be formally inducted as members of the Metrobank Foundation scholars’ alumni network, Alumni Scholars for Service, Excellence, and Transformation (Asset).

In his welcome remarks, MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña encouraged the scholars to pursue their dreams and remain committed to excellence.

“Just as we have prepared you to launch your dreams, I encourage you to keep dreaming, and allow your dreams to keep pushing you and inspiring you despite the many setbacks life will throw at your door,” he said.

He shared a quote from recently canonized saint John XXIII: “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

Metrobank Foundation Graduates Forum
The annual Graduates’ Forum is a venue wherein the Foundation recognizes the graduating scholars’ outstanding academic and co-curricular achievements such as graduating with Latin honors and receiving special citations. The forum also serves as an opportunity for the scholars to personally thank their benefactors. (Contributed photo)


Sobrepeña also expressed that the new graduates will continue to be of service to the country. “With this, I hope you always remember that aside from talent, persistence and determination will set you apart. As you become successful young professionals, I hope you also never forget your mother country and join us in dreaming and working towards a better Philippines.”

Ida Pamela Miranda, a BS Industrial Engineering and Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, spoke in behalf of her fellow scholars. She shared how her parents have struggled to give her the best education possible.

“Our struggles as students are not even comparable to the struggles our parents have to go through for us. We are all blessed with good education that our parents worked hard for, and we will never forget how Metrobank Foundation provided me the gift of quality education through its scholarship. In behalf of my co-scholars, I would like to extend our gratitude to the Metrobank Foundation. Your generosity and social commitment have given us the opportunity to make it through despite the challenges. We are eternally grateful for your support and investment in our future,” she said.

This year’s graduating scholars are the recipients of the MBFI-Boysen, MBFI-MTC, and MBFI-UP Diliman scholarship programs.

The rest of the graduating scholars are: Sherwin Leemark Abing (BS Materials Engineering, UP Diliman); Jayson Balaqui (BS Architecture, UST); Naida Felicia Cruz (BS Architecture, UST); Audrey Leonore Lopez (Cum Laude, BS Architecture, UST); Monique Alyson Gaw (Cum Laude, BS Architecture, UST); Dan Dave Mariano (Cum Laude, BS Architecture, UST); Carla Vida Palo (Cum Laude, BS Architecture, UST); Josef Mari Ponce (Cum Laude, BS Architecture, UP Diliman); Carlo Angelo Barace (BS Civil Engineering, Adamson University); Kevin Fabregar (BS Electronics Engineering, Manila Tytana Colleges); Rossini Gacutana (BS Electronics Engineering, Manila Tytana Colleges); Adonis Magbitang (BS Civil Engineering, University of the East); Virgil Elis Mariano (Cum Laude, BS Mechanical Engineering, Don Bosco Technical College); Anne Claudel Puebla (BS Chemical Engineering, Adamson University); Joseph Mangoma, Jr. (BS Information Technology, Manila Tytana Colleges); Riza Mae Vicedo (BS Nursing, Manila Tytana Colleges); and Camille Yamashita (BS Psychology, Manila Tytana Colleges).

The MetroGold Scholarship Program (MSP) was established in 1995 to provide poor but academically qualified students access to quality higher education and encourage them to strive for excellence in both academic and non-academic undertakings. In partnership with corporate and academic institutions, over 1,000 scholarship grants have been awarded to college students enrolled in Education, Engineering, Architecture, Science, and Business courses.

For more information on our scholarships, please visit our website www.mbfoundation.org.ph or our official Facebook page. (PR)

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