Ten Outstanding Students in the Philippines in 2010

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Every year, Ten Outstanding Students in the Philippines are recognized by the RFM Foundation, Inc. and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The awardees are graduating students from CHED-accredited colleges and universities all over the country. In 2010, no less than President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III recognized the awardees at the Malacañang Palace. In his speech, he reminded the students to serve the country to help change the country towards progress. Furthermore, he told them that students need not only excel in the classroom but also in helping their communities as well.

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Raymund Siegfrid Li (University of the Philippines, Diliman)

Raymund Siegfrid Li' is a graduating student of Business Administration and Accountancy at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. In February 2010, he and his classmates won the in the Investment Research Challenge (IRC) finals, a worldwide financial competition organized by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Their team, which they named Long Island Investments, produced the best equity research report on their chosen subject company.

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Marc Louie Yap (University of San Carlos)

Marc Louie Yap was a member of the Student Power Party, a student political party in the University of San Carlos.

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Nadia Bianca Nicolette Ong (De La Salle University)

Nadia Bianca Nicolette Ong hails from Laoang, Northern Samar. She is the daughter of former Northern Samar representative, Jun Ong. Ong graduated cum laude with degrees in Commerce and Communication Arts from the De La Salle University. She was also awarded Most Outstanding Student in Discipline Leadership and Advocady and the Student Leadership award.

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Mohammad Ben-Usman (Mindanao State University)

Mohammad Ben-Usman studied BS Mathematics at the Mindanao State University. In 2009, he was sent to Saint Louis City, Missouri, United States of America as a US Department of State exchange visiting scholar.

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Jose Ma. Joaquin Buñag (Ateneo de Manila University)

Jose Ma. Joaquin Buñag was valedictorian of Class 2010 and magna cum laude at the Ateneo de Manila University where he studied since grade school. The BS Psychology major was active in his Council of Activities (COA) Sector-Based Cluster and the seven organizations that make up the cluster which include the Ateneo Debate Society, Kythe, and the Ateneo Student Catholic Action. After graduating, the young man became a pre-novice of the Society of Jesus. It was the first step of his life-long dream of becoming a Jesuit priest.

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Rankine Ruel Novabos (University of San Jose-Recoletos)

Rankine Ruel Novabos graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. He was president of the Josenian Industrial Technocrats Society (JOINTS) and the Junior Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers-Visayas Chapter. In 2009, he was sent to be a delegate of the 11th Natonal Ayala Young Leaders Congress.

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Jihan Santanina Santiago (Visayas State University)

Jihan Santanina Santiago graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Visayas State University in 2010. The BS Food Technology graduate hails from Camotes Island, Cebu. She is the second student from her school to receive the award, the first being Cherrie Atilano in 2007.

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Philippe Jan de la Cruz (University of St. La Salle)

Philippine Jan de la Cruz excelled not only in academics but also in extra-curricular activities. Aside from being awarded as one of the 10 TOSP national awardees in 2010, he was also recognized by the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) as Most Outstanding Tertiary Student in 2010. In 2009, he and three others were sent to represent the country as part of his prize in being a Bayer Young Environmental Envoy National Awardee. He also attended the 11th National Young Leaders’ Congress in the same year.

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Nestor Necesito (University of the Philippines, Visayas)

Nestor Necesito received his BS Accountancy degree from the University of the Philippines, Visayas. He was recognized for serving his community through the Green School Movement, an environmental program he founded. The said program helped address the problems brought about by the oil spill in Guimaras Island in 2009 and organized environmental talks in Panay and Cebu. His program was recognized by Bayer Philippines and he was made delegate to the “Eco-minds” summit in New Zealand and the Southeast Asian Youth Summit as well. He also received the “Climate Hero” award from the Philippine senate.

Necesito comes from Southcom Village in Zamboanga City where he finished his elementary and secondary education. City mayor, Celso Lobregat, awarded him a special distinction for the honor he has brought for the city. He joined the auditing firm, SGV & Co. in Makati City shortly after graduation.

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Camille Remoroza (San Pedro College)

Camille Remoroza graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the San Pedro College. She was awarded Summa Cum Laude. Aside from excelling in academics, Remoroza was active in extra-curricular activities which being the Internal Vice President of the school’s BSN Fraternity and Sorority.

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