John Gabriel Pelias, UP Math Summa 2011

@eileenleyva (10964)
Philippines
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....
6 responses
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
The pride of his parents.
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
Indeed! But I think he said his grandma took care of him. He goes to the university in slippers and wears a backpack. And he is teaching next year... because he believes it is payback time... He is the pride of us all!
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
A picture of Humiliation and Dedication, an admirable person. He did not lose a single tick of his time to reach his dream.
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
12 Apr 11
Ha ha, he has a shout out on facebook disclaiming the GMA news report that he literally walked to school everyday.
@louievill (18676)
• Philippines
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.
@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
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.
@sanelaze (167)
• Philippines
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.
@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
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.
• Philippines
16 Apr 11
So I've heard, amazing how this 19-year old kid managed to get all aces and be on top of the graduating class in a degree program which half of the UP population struggles. i have nothing but congratulations to this guy...
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
17 Apr 11
Amazing kid, really! But the struggle-rs you mentioned are thus, by far, the best in the land. We will be clapping and cheering for everyone this afternoon, at the amphitheater. Everyone deserves our applause.
@ellebj (784)
• Philippines
12 Apr 11
he's pretty.. it is very difficult to have that high grade in UP..
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
He is someone to contend with, completely! They say in UP, it is difficult to get in, but it is even more difficult to get out. To get a summa in Math is never an ordinary feat. To break a record held unbreakable for the last six decades is!
@ellebj (784)
• Philippines
12 Apr 11
he's pretty good.. he is the valedictorian for the batch 2011 in the UP System, right? in UP Visayas we still don't have a summa ever since...
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
12 Apr 11
Yup, he is pretty damn good, exceptional kid, genius!
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
congratulations! good luck to John Gabriel Pelias. that's how intelligent the Filipinos are. hope that those filipinos will be a good example to all of us.
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
11 Apr 11
Yeah!