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Photo Credit: Katherine Rose Chua

Photo Credit: Katherine Rose Chua

GBF-CSP scholars to hold reunion on Feb. 10

More than half a decade had passed since  the first batch of  Gokongwei Brothers Foundation-China Scholarship Program (GBF-CSP) scholars were selected nationwide. This year, the scholars will be reuniting on February 10, 2013 at Makati Palace Hotel 5011 Burgos Corner Canceres St., Makati City together with the Yin-Yang Pandas, the second batch of scholars.

As part of the reunion activity, the celebration would also be an honoring night for  Mr. John Gokongwei,  Jr., to express how grateful the scholars for the the privilege given to them to study the culture, language and politics of China.  Since the event will be coinciding with the Chinese New Year, selected scholars and guest will also be presenting a production number.  This is to be one with the nation in remembering and celebrating Chinese New Year and to further appreciate the Chinese culture here in the Philippines.  If you are a friend of the any GBF scholars, you are invited to join us! See you there! 🙂

Who are the scholars?

The Scholars together with Mr. John Gokongwei, Jr.

The Scholars together with Mr. John Gokongwei, Jr.

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation sends 34 scholars to China

After months of rigid screening and a battery of interviews, the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (China) Scholars fielded 34 deserving young professionals and university graduates who were given the rare opportunity to fly to Beijing, China for a 14-month scholarship program. The scholars were formally presented during the send-off dinner hosted by John Gokongwei, Jr.

Also included in the scholarship program are Mara Cordial from UP-Los Baños, Atty. Maruel Daguinod from Southwestern University, Justin Dela Cruz from Ateneo de Manila University, Forage Marie Domingo from UE-Manila, Christian Adam Espiritu from UP-Los Baños, Janryll Fernandez from UP-Diliman, Jan Vincent Galas from FEU, Katrina Gamboa from Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Antonio Adrian Habana from Ateneo de Manila University, Melvin Jabar from Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro, Catherine Jao from Ateneo de Manila University, and Pam Marie Ko, also from Ateneo de Manila University.

Completing the list of scholars are Cecille Joyce Lao from Ateneo de Manila University, Khaled Magumpara from Mindanao State University, Alice Mae Mamhot from Siliman University, Michael Gil Manalastas from Ateneo de Manila University, Donna Therese Mangilit from UP-Diliman, Angela Cecilia Nibungco and Jan Clarizz Salindong from Ateneo de Manila University, Paolo San Gabriel from UST, Marvin Segura from Central Philippine University, Vincent Villamor from DLSU-Manila, Leizl Villapando from UP-Los Baños, and Jose Mikhail Yap V from Ateneo de Manila University. The members of the scholarship committee is composed of Gov. Gabriel Singson, Elizabeth Gokongwei, Robert de Ocampo, Antonio Go, Wilson Lee Flores, and Joan Cotio and Fr. Johnny Go.

JG Summit Corporate HR Head and Executive Director of the Scholarship Committee Atty. Noli Del Rosario presented the scholars to them. The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) scholarship was established to develop a pool of young professionals who will spearhead the efforts to strengthen the global competitiveness of the Philippines through learnings from the Chinese culture, management strategies, economy, and politics. According to John Gokongwei, Jr. he is amazed at the remarkable transformation China underwent in the past 20 years and how it rose from the shadows of communist rule to become an economic powerhouse. “It is our vision to uplift the country’s economy by adapting what our scholars have learned from China,” Gokongwei remarked.

“We are the few who were given an all-expense paid opportunity to study in China,” said batch leader Atty. Cordero, “and we are the same few who are given the huge responsibility to drive the Philippines to take advantage of the opportunities that China can offer.” As the GBF scholars begin their program this September, Gokongwei is optimistic that this undertaking will pave the way for other companies to emulate what they have started. He firmly believes that education and immersion are the best ways to mold future leaders of the country. (Manila Bulletin,


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