John Gabriel Pelias, UP Math Summa 2011
April 10, 2011 7:45am CST
Right now, he is the talk of the academe, this 19 year old iskolar ng bayan or scholar of the nation. He received the highest possible grade in all subjects, which is a 1.0 , except for 3 subjects wherein he was given the second highest possible grade, which is a 1.25. What is so amazing about that is he surpassed a record that was made 65 years ago. John Gabriel commutes to the university and he belongs to the marginalized sector of Philippine society. Hmmm, here's a genius who deserves applause! Congratulations! May you reap more laurels....
10 Apr 11
My applause, Filipinos generally excel academically but personally I think success should not stop after graduation, hope he uses that knowledge to put up a company that would benefit more of his countryman instead of deciding to go elsewhere to serve other people, we need people like him in our country so we do not experience more brain drain, just hope our economy gets better and corruption eradicated so we can offer our bright young people something that would be competitive so no need for them to leave us.
10 Apr 11
Usually, companies offer the laudes with jobs. I do hope this lad gets the best offer. What he has done is totally incredible. Hmmm, Professor Winnie Monsod had, time and again, reminded the iskolar ng bayan to help the country, or else she will slap these alumni from her grave.
16 Apr 11
More than just helping whoever company he ends up with, I truly hope and believe he will do something to contribute to the country. And may he be an inspiration to other Iskolar ng Bayan. hehe, I had the privilege to be in one of Professor Monsod's class before.I have much respect for her. Her husband too. They always make sense when they talk in public/media.
17 Apr 11
Mareng Winnie is the only sensible analyst on Philippine television today. And she is so frank and objective she gives us a clear picture of what the issues are all about. I wonder, had she not been there to guide us through the years, if we could have grabbed our sanity at all for the dampening and heartbreaking stories that pervaded Philippine sensibility. Gratitude is in order for this courageous, honest, sincere, and genuine Filipino woman. She is not just a professor par excellence, but to most of us, she is a mother, a grandmother, a tita, a kumare, a fellow believer, a Filipino.