Out of three finalists from Region VI, one made it to the Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) during the awarding ceremony 12 noon Aug. 2, 2012 at the Malacañang Palace.
Ruthell Moreno has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), commonly known as lupus — an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues, resulting in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs (medicalnewstoday.com).
Because of this, she founded the Lupus Support Group of Panay and is president of the group from year 2008 to the present.
Graduated the 13th (and second female) summa cum laude of West Visayas State University (WVSU), Moreno finished the degree Bachelor in Special Education (BSpEd), major in Teaching Children with Mental Retardation, making her the fifth summa cum laude of the University’s College of Education (COE).
“We had a week of formation. It was a great experience. We met a lot of inspiring people,” said Moreno on her experience during the preparation for the TOSP awarding.
According to Moreno, what made her stand out was her “faith in God, but everyone deserves to be recognized as one of the TOSP.”
“We may have different advocacies, but all of those were for nation building. This is just the start of my journey in leading, serving, and learning. The TOSP is a way to inspire the Filipino youth to excel and contribute to nation building. May we, TOSPians, be an inspiration to all the Filipino youth,” said Moreno.
Other finalists from Western Visayas were Randell Aranza from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod and Mitz Serofia, also from WVSU.
Published on Aug. 3, 2012 in The Daily Guardian, a local daily