Kenneth Isaiah I. Abante, BS Management Engineering 2012, cum laude, and the Loyola Schools 2012 Class Valedictorian, was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Students of the Philippines (TOSP). The awarding ceremonies were held on August 2, 2012 at the Malacañang Palace.
Kenneth Isaiah I. Abante
Abante's fellow outstanding students are:
·Angelita Bombarda, BS Psychology, De La Salle University
·Jerome David, BS Industrial Management Engineering, De La Salle University
·John Michael Dellariarte, magna cum laude, Political Science, Doctor of Medicine, Ateneo de Zamboanga University
·Daniel Philip Dy, cum laude, BS Business Administration, Ateneo de Naga University
·Jay-R Mendoza, magna cum laude, BS Education Major in Mathematics, University of Rizal System
·Ruthell Moreno, summa cum laude, BS in Special Education, West Visayas State University
·Maria Janua Polinar, magna cum laude, BA Political Science, Central Mindanao University
·Kurt Gerrard See, summa cum laude, BS in Applied Economics, De La Salle University
·Juan Carlo Tejano, magna cum laude, BA Political Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman
Abante (front row, 4th from left), with fellow Outstanding Students and President Benigno Aquino.
The search for the TOSP was begun by industrialist Jose Concepcion,Jr. Inspired by national hero Jose P. Rizal, Concepcion launched the search on June 19, 1961, Rizal's 100th birth anniversary. Concepcion's goal in establishing the search for the TOSP was to honor students who are exemplars and leaders in their own academic fields and in their contributions to society. Today, the search is a laboratory of sorts for leaders in the fields of governance, business, the academe, church, and civil society.
For the 2012 search, the board of judges was composed of Rappler.com founder Maria A. Ressa, child development specialist Dr. Luis Gatmaitan, AIM Professor Soledad A. Hernando, FunWorks president Francis Kong, and Commission on Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza.
Abante now works in government, at the Department of Finance (DOF). In an interview with the Guidon, Abante said that working with the DOF will allow him to gain an understanding of the Philippine situation. He also spoke of his goal of returning to his native Bicol to help organize enterprises there.