“Pagkalinga sa aming Kabataan ang pag-asa nitong Inang Bayan Sa paghubog ng aming puso’t diwa sa hugis ng pagkadakila…”
By: Ms. Pamela Rose A. Tagulinao

The 19th Gawad Arriba (Student Awards Day) was held last May 11, 2018 at the Fra Angelico Gymnasium and was organized by the Student Affairs and Development Department (StADD). The ceremony was attended by members of the Recognized Student Organizations, Varsity players and was graced by the presence of the Rector and President, Rev. Fr. Arthur B. Dingel, O.P., the Vice President for REMI, Rev. Fr. Giuseppe Pietro V. Arsciwals, O.P., and the Academic Heads of Collegiate Schools.

Students who have won in various academic and extra-curricular competitions and those who have served as School Representatives for their respective external organizational affiliations were awarded the Gawad Arriba para sa mga Natatanging Letranista sa Larangan ng Kahusayan. The Gawad Arriba para sa mga Natatanging Letranista sa Larangan ng Palakasan was conferred upon varsity players for bringing honor to the Colegio by their accomplishment as champions/runners up in sports events of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA-South) and Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA). Presidents of student organizations and School councils were also honored with the Gawad Arriba para sa mga Natatanging Letranista ng Taon sa Larangan ng Pamumuno for their outstanding leadership performance and example.

The Rector and President delivered an inspiring welcome address that afternoon and also personally handed medals and certificates to all individual student and organizational awardees assisted by Fr. Arsciwals and by each School’s respective Dean.

Justine Wesley B. Belen, a graduating Industrial Engineering student was the recipient of the Natatanging Lider ng Taon (Leadership Award). The Natatanging Iskolar ng Taon (granted by the Admissions and Scholarships Office) was received by Louise Marie Veronica B. Pertes, graduating Marketing Management student.

One of the highlights of this event was the announcement and awarding of the Gawad Arriba para sa mga Natatanging Organisasyon ng Taon, given to student organizations that have shown exemplary achievement in each of the four Key Result Area: Engaged Institutional Involvement (Electronics Engineering of Letran Students Society), Empowered Dominican Community (Letran Calamba Industrial Engineering Society), Integrated Organizational Management (Junior People Management Association of the Phils.-Letran Calamba), and Relevant Co-curricular Activities (Letran Mechanical Engineering Society).

Anticipation and excitement soared high among the attendees as they waited for the announcement of the two major Gawad Arriba recognitions: Natatanging Organisasyon ng Taon (Academic) which was bagged by the Letran Mechanical Engineering Society while Koinonia de Letran emerged as the recipient of Natatanging Organisasyon ng Taon (Non-Academic). These two organizations shall receive fund incentives for the subsequent Academic Year 2018-2019.

In the pursuit of fulfilling its Mission and echoing the lyrics of its hymn, Letran Calamba through the StADD provides formation and leadership programs for the student body, as well as recognizes all achievements gained by student leaders in and off campus. Truly these efforts shall ensure the holistic development of a true-blooded Letranite. Gawad Arriba indeed celebrates Dugong Arriba, Tatak Letranista.

Date Posted: May 29, 2018