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Malayan named National Ambassador of Goodwill 2013

Mark Earl Angelo P. Antonio, fifth year accountancy student from Malayan Colleges Laguna, won the 2013 Mr. Ambassador of Goodwill 2013. He bested 12 other male accountancy students from 13 regions in the country. (Photo credit: Jezrell Boringot)

A fifth year student from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) was conferred the title of National Ambassador of Goodwill 2013 by the National Federation - Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (NFJPIA) during its annual interschool, non-academic competition for accountancy students held recently in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The National Ambassador of Goodwill is awarded to a member of Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) who displays benevolence and outstanding character.

Representing CALABARZON and MIMAROPA regions, Mark Earl Angelo P. Antonio, a member of MCL-JPIA, edged out 12 male accountancy majors from 13 other regions in the country.

MCL-JPIA chapter president Argene Angeles handpicked Antonio to represent the two regions.

“It was my first time to join an activity with such nature. It’s very different from the academic competitions I have joined. It was strenuous, but I had fun as I got to meet JPIAns from other regions,” said the graduating business student.

As part of the rigorous screening process, Antonio went through interviews paneled by JPIA regional officers in the first round, and talent and question and answer portions in the regional level. He also presented the outreach programs he had participated in, which is the highlight of the competition.

Embodying MCL’s core values of excellence and virtue, Antonio consistently belongs to the Dean’s List, and is a candidate for Cum Laude. He graduated valedictorian in high school and received various awards recognizing his academic excellence and leadership potential.

He advocates volunteerism and community service. He held the positions of Junior Municipal Administrator in the Municipality of San Pedro and Junior Board Member for the First District in the Province of Laguna.

He also participated in several activities organized by non-government organizations like Kaya Natin! Movement, a non-partisan group that aims to espouse effective, ethical, and empowering leadership in the country, and Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation, a foundation focusing on education and corporate social responsibility programs.

“The Ambassador of Goodwill promotes the true meaning of substance over form. It is not just about crowning the one with the most promising look or identifying the most talented. Rather, it is about recognizing those who embody benevolence – a value relevant to a nation like ours,” he said.

As the National Ambassador of Goodwill 2013, Antonio promises to continually uphold the values of excellence, virtue, and compassion.

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