Leo Kevin D. Mante
BSN Senior Student wins Jose Rizal Model Student Search
Leo Kevin D. Mante, a consistent academic achiever from the College of Nursing placed fourth among the Ten Most Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines held on 10 December 2013 in the Roma Salon of the Manila Hotel, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila.
Mante competed against 20 other students from the length and breadth of the country after having been named one of the 21 finalists for this year’s batch. He was awarded medals, a trophy, and P10, 000 cash in a formal awarding ceremony graced by the 20th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Sir Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Knight Grand Cross of Rizal (KGCR), the Supreme Commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR), Sir Reghis M. Romero, KGCR and the OKOR Supreme Council officers.
The 21 finalists were named after a rigorous evaluation of documents submitted by more than 200 applicants. For the selection of the 10 winners, a final interview the criteria of which were based on the candidate’s knowledge of Rizal’s life and works, personal conviction, articulation and projection was held at the OKOR International Headquarters, Manila on 09 December 2013.
The Search for JRMSP is an annual event organized by the OKOR, a chartered civic and patriotic fraternal organization that honors and upholds the ideals of the Philippine national hero. Now on its silver year, the search continues to give due recognition to ten graduating tertiary students both in private and public institutions across the archipelago who best epitomize the Rizalian qualities of academic excellence, leadership both in campus and community-inspired activities, and the Rizalian virtue of love of country, thereby serving as living models to the youth of the Pearl of the Orient Seas.
Mr. Mante is the seventh JRMSP finalist and the first to have made it to the top ten from the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP). Other UEP alumni who made it to the finals of the search were David Doncillo (2010), Jay Neil Verano (2009), Brenfred Romero (2006), John Delorino (2000), Atty. Roel Costuna (1989) and Manrico Embile (+)(1988). All of them are automatic members of the La Liga, the official alumni community of JRMSP winners and finalists. #