Vigan honors its latest scholar-graduates

May 28, 2013 10:21 pm 

VIGAN CITY, May 28 — The city council passed a resolution commending the city’s 35 scholars who graduated from college this year.

“The commendation was given because the city scholars not only gave us pride but affirmed effectiveness of this legislation and program for the poor,” said Vigan City Vice-Mayor Lourdes Baquiran.

She noted Councilor George Villanueva sponsored Resolution 13–12 which the council unanimously approved.

Of the 35 city scholars, 29 are degree holders while six completed non-degree courses.

Leading the honorees are Eric Calpito Cantilla who graduated magna cum laude from University of Northern Philippines (UNP) with a BS Hotel and Restaurant Administration degree.

The honorees also include Elaine Ira Pisalbo, Edward Ablog Abinoja, Ilaine Raras Palo and Jerald Abarra Aragoza.

They graduated cum laude from UNP.

Baquiran said all the 35 honorees are from Vigan City and were beneficiaries of the city scholarship program since their first year in college.

“These scholars are role models for students as they proved poverty isn’t a hindrance in pursuing college education,” she said.

Ordinance 2 series of 1995 and Ordinance 5 series of 1996 established the Vigan Scholarship Fund Board.

Vigan City scholar coordinator Tina Chan said the board’s policy is to give Vigan residents equal opportunity to pursue higher education through scholarship grants for poor but deserving ones.

She said the city has 85 college scholars for school year 2013-2014 including one cultural scholar.

To continue availing of the scholarship, which covers tuition and allowance, she said a grantee must maintain an average grade of 83 percent per semester. (PNA)

LAP/CJT/LVM/FREDDIE G. LAZARO/RMA

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