by John Paul Sabio and Ferdinand Asinas
Ateneo de Manila hosted the 4th Philippine Scholars’ Summit last November 13-15. There were 108 participants from 26 schools from all over the country. This year, Ateneo sent five delegates to attend the said summit, namely Ysabel Agregado, Ferdinand Asinas, Jr, Riz Supreme Comia, John Paul Sabio, and Pia Ysabel Zulueta. Ateneo Gabay, Becarios de Santo Tomas, Health Assembly of Lasallian Scholars, Aspirants and Achievers’ Association, Bright Leaders Association for Zeal and Excellence, Lasallian Scholars Society, Scholars and Grantees of the Assumption, Talitha Cumi, and Bedan Scholars’ Guild made the event possible.
The 4th Philippine Scholars’ Summit was a three-day event that was geared towards helping Filipino Scholars from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to understand their role in society and realize that there is a community of scholars. It reinstated its purpose with the theme “Filipino Scholars: Rooted in Identity, United by Excellence, Committed to Service.”
Day one of the event was kicked-off with group dynamics. After this, Dr. Sev Sarmenta, an Assistant Professor in the Ateneo de Manila University, TV Sports Anchor, and a columnist in the Inquirer, provided a humorous and inspiring talk about effective communication skills. It was followed by Ateneo Gabay’s President, Louie Cartagena who shared his experiences as a scholar, where he highlighted how his failures highlighted his successes. The night was concluded with a synthesis, wherein the delegates were grouped into ten and asked to share their drawings that describe their lives as scholars.
Day two was mainly devoted to establishing the second point of the theme for this year, United by Excellence. There were Structured Learning Activities, such as the trust fall, which underlined leadership characteristics inherent to scholars.
The summit also welcomed Mr. Mon Gualves, a Junior Correspondent of TV 5, who talked about how to become a better individual and scholar in order to achieve their goals. Ms. Roxy Navarro, founder of Works of Heart, also gave a talk and highlighted Three Ps: Passion, Purpose, and People. The afternoon talks concluded with Mr. Philippe Jose Hernandez, M. Eng., the Assistant Director of the UST Social Media Bureau, where he delivered a humorous, light, and striking talk about joining the Academe.
The delegates, with their respective groups, played the Amazing Race, where their solidarity, group effort, and strategies were tested and further strengthened. The day was culminated with the Socials Night with a pageant and show of talent.
Day three started with the batch’s first group picture. The delegates then spent the morning with a plenary activity. The afternoon was spent on developing spirituality; the Catholic delegates had their mass was whereas non-Catholics had an interfaith discussion. Afterwards, they proceeded to Leong Hall Auditorium where a talk about the Philippine Scholars’ Association (PSA) was delivered by Aaron Baribar, previous PSA president.
The summit’s culmination was held at Leong Roofdeck, with a dinner sponsored by Ateneo’s Office of the Vice President. The closing program began with the performance of the UST Pharmacy Glee Club, followed by the Voices from Assumption, La Salle Brain Drain Dance Troupe, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, and Radnel Alfonso. After dinner, the respective universities of the different delegates were given their certificates of participation. This was followed by the performance of Ateneo Entablado. Clarice Cortes and Hazel Reyes, project heads of the Philippine Scholars, each delivered closing remarks. The summit ended with the group singing Hawak Kamay while they were all in a circle holding each other.
Ateneo Project Head: Clarice Cortes
Ateneo Core Team: Lyonel Tanganco, Bianca Arvesu, Aldrin Ward, Alawi Sularte, Patrick Ronquillos, Mhaey Contienda