AN 18-year old student from the St. John’s Cathedral School was one of the 17 winners chosen for the prestigious Mga Bagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan Award.
Kizziah Ella M. Claveria, a grade 12 student, won the award last November 29 in Quezon City.
A student leader from Barangay Bacayao Sur, Claveria served as the Young City Mayor in the city’s Manlingkor ya Kalangweran program, Claveria is a student leader in her school – and a consistent achiever.
She credited her experience in the MYK program under the tutelage of former Mayor Belen T. Fernandez for her developed interest in public service.
“It played a huge part of my training ground to what kind of catalyst I am (MYK) now. I saw the needs of my fellow Dagupeños. And through the experiences I had, it ignites my love for our country”, she said in an interview.
She is set to conduct a storytelling activity and outreach program in an orphanage in Barangay Bonuan Binloc this December.
“I plan to do more community services especially to my fellow youth, to encourage them to be responsible citizens,” Claveria said. “Many more things and activities must be done to serve our fellow countrymen as this award is not just a recognition but is a great weight of responsibility for the good of our society”, she said.
Mga Bagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan is a biennial search, organized by the Philippine Center for Gifted Education Inc., for 17 young Filipinos (one from each region) who demonstrated extraordinary abilities and gifts in various fields while exemplifying love for country reflective of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s virtues.
Claveria is the third awardee from Dagupan City , after Erson Paulo Muyalde in 2015, and Anjanette Cayabyab in 2017.
Claveria is the daughter of Ronie G. Claveria of Lucao and Catherine J. Mariñas, and the granddaughter of Bacayao Sur’s former Barangay Captain Paulino Mariñas. (Ahikam Pasion)
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