On Thursday (February 3), the City of Biñan put together a special event to applaud the merits and successes achieved by the beneficiaries of its scholarship program. 

The affair, which recognized 12 outstanding alumni from the local government’s Iskolar ng Biñan (INB) Program, was undertaken in conjunction with the celebration of the Biñan’s 12th year as a city.

The event recognized the following alumni, who each exhibited excellence in their fields of expertise:

  • Mark Robert R. Almadin – Colegio San Agustin (Biñan
  • Louisa G. Erispe from – Colegio San Agustin (Biñan)
  • Stephanie Anne T. Eustaquio – La Consolacion College
  • J Robert Sons S. Ortiz – La Consolacion College
  •  Noel Velasco – Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Roselyn M. Torres – Saint Michael’s College of Laguna
  • Ronald B. Cammayo – Saint Michael’s College of Laguna
  • Rod Phillip M. Coro – Trimex Colleges
  • Rushel F. Nava – UPH-DJGT Medical University
  • Manuel H. Mosne Jr. – UPH-DJGT Medical University
  • Atty. Rana Alyssa M. Palabay – University of Perpetual Help System of Laguna
  • Steve Albert M. Simbrano – University of Perpetual Help System of Laguna

Aside from showcasing the effectiveness of Biñan’s INB initiative, the event also served as a venue for the launch of the city’s newest scholarship program ‘Artista at Atletang Biñanense College (ABC) Scholarship Program,’ which aims to provide aid to qualified students and active members of Biñan City Centre for Performing Arts and Biñan Sports Volunteers.

According to Biñan City Culture, History, Arts and Tourism Office (BCHATO) Head Bryan Jason Borja, cities should be the first ones to invest in the potential of their citizens because it’s through this that a city will truly flourish. 

“Iba ang potensyal ng isang bayan kapag nag-iinvest ito sa talento ng kanyang mga atleta at artists, kasi ang tina-target mo, soul, at lahat ‘yan embedded sa culture,” he told Manila Bulletin

“And their return service to the city is to serve using their talent. Mag-train ka ng ibang athlete, mag-train ka ng ibang artist (they can train other athletes, train other artists), to produce more athletes and artists,” Borja added. 

For her part, Deputy Speaker and City Lone District Representative Len Alonte assured her that the local government will continue to put in the work to provide quality education to the people of Biñan. 

Those chosen for the new scholarship initiative will receive P20,000 in aid per semester, which they can use for their studies in any college or university within the city.

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