PHINMA Education, an institution that is slowly cementing its reputation in the academe, has come up with a way to train student leaders from its network of schools through a student leaders’ summit.
Already in its third budding year, the PHINMA Education Student Leaders’ Summit gathered roughly 50 delegates hailing from all PHINMA schools at Cagayan de Oro College held last November 14-16, 2018, with Southwestern University sending a total of 14 delegates, the highest number of participants from a school.
According to SWU Student Development Manager Josephine Cartalla, this year’s three-day event was, by far, “bigger” than the previous summits.
“It was a successful summit compared to the rest maybe because kay nagkuan pa man gud ta, we were finding our place pa on how leaders’ summit should go. This one was quite better,” she said.
Cartalla applauded the delegates’ active participation in the activities, stating that they were “well thought of” by the organizers and that the event was an “effective” channel for them to better their leadership skills.
“It’s like a gathering of all student leaders for us to come up with brilliant ideas, you know, how we can further improve,” she added.
Among the highlights were the talks from PHINMA Education Network speakers including that of SWU’s Vice President for Student Life Gilbert Magno Braganza, COC Campus Tour, “Getting to Know You” activities and exercises, Delegates’ Report, Solidarity Night, Fusion of Traditional and Modern Culture, Educational Tour and Recreation, the President’s Talk with Dr. Chito B. Salazar, and the Pagbabasbas, a night of baptizing student leaders into the realm of student service.
The following are the 12 student leaders of SWU PHINMA: Joseph Christian Hornido (SSG president), Juvel Ducay (Presidential scholar), Keth Nicole Ponce (regular paying student), Kim Tagoctoc (Within Reach scholar), Joebert James Panilaga (working student scholar), Justin Marwin Jagmoc (Senior High School governor), Cris Jim Bertonia (SSG secretary), Jay Anthony Cavales (The Quill copy editor), Joselito de Vera (The Quill video editor), Xavier John Villaruel (The Quill associate editor – online), and Miguel Lorenz Parawan (The Quill associate editor – print).
The Student Leaders’ Summit is an initiative done by the network as an avenue for PEN schools to give recognition to student leaders’ contribution with their respective schools, as well as to share best school practices.
The 4th Student Leaders’ Summit is set to be held at Araullo University.