The National Services Training Program (NSTP) under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) held its graduation ceremony at the Blessed Antonio Varona Gymnasium last April 8.
A simple ceremony culminated the students’ two-semester NSTP journey, beginning with the Eucharistic Celebration led by Rev. Fr. Boyd Sulpico, OP, with Rev. Fr. Orlando Aceron, OP, as co-celebrant.
CLAS Dean Asst. Prof. Louie Benedict Ignacio gave the opening remarks.
Before the graduation proper itself, students who displayed excellence in NSTP were duly recognized.
‘Fastarrific’ by Princess Rapiz, RhiannaBancal, Christopher Soliao, Excel Javier, Tristan Lagran, CharaLomiteng, Ellis Santos, Sophia Sarraga, ShielaJao, and MoeriellaSoliman, under the supervision of their facilitator, Kathleen Magno, was awarded Best NSTP Project. On the other hand, Rica Mae Geli, also a student of Magno, was named Best NSTP Student.
“NSTP has taught us to become better and responsible individuals,” said Geli in her speech. “Let us not forget to thank God and always put Him first above anything else. Let us always make our alma mater proud in all thing that we do.”
NSTP Chairperson Asst. Prof. Leo Bernadas presented this year’s candidates for graduation while Sulpico conferred the completion of the NSTP students.
To cap things off, William Revil, leading all the graduates, pledged to have a ‘strong desire in serving others’, ‘foster friendship and camaraderie among members in the community’, and ‘uphold the spirit of respect’.
NSTP is a civic education and a defense preparedness program as articulated in the Republic Act 9163. The Colegio considered the Program as an avenue wherein the students are trained to become dynamic builders and leaders of the communities.
In the program, the students are given the opportunity to participate in the community exposure activities organized by government and religious organizations like International Coastal Clean-up, Climate Change Signature Campaign, and Walk for Peace.With Leo Bernadas