Mark Daniele Mabalay, a senior student taking up Bachelor of Arts Major in English at Jose Rizal University (JRU), was adjudged as one of the Ten (10) Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines. He was awarded on
December 30, 2017 at the International Headquarters, Knights of Rizal Building, Port Area, Manila, Philippines.
The 30th Annual Search for the 2017 Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines is initiated by the Knights of Rizal, the sole order of knighthood in the Philippines. The Order was granted a legislative charter by President Elpidio Quirino as a non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-racial civic, patriotic, and cultural organization under
Republic Act 646.
The search aims to recognize Ten (10) Outstanding College/University Students of the Philippines who best epitomize the Rizalian qualities of academic excellence and leadership in campus and community activities, thereby serving as role models to the youth.
Mr. Mabalay was the first student from JRU to apply and qualify for the search. At only eighteen years old, He is admired by a lot of his fellow students, as he has shown great academic performance, an aptitude for leadership, and sense of community. As a student, he has balanced being an academic scholar, the president of the Liberal Arts
Organization (LASO), the chairman of the Research and Publication Committee of the Central Student Council, and a student research assistant in a university study commissioned by the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC).
Mr. Mabalay’s application for the search has gone through rigorous screening before he was chosen as the finalist. Annually, hundreds of students apply but only twenty (20) are announced as finalists.
The Twenty (20) Finalists from different parts of the country submitted their respective portfolios as part of the selection process. They then went through a three-day ordeal in Manila as they were subjected to a thirty-minute essay composition about Rizal and a Panel Interview by the Competition committee. The Ten (10) Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students were then awarded by Sir Reynato S. Puno, KGCR, Supreme Commander of the Knight of Rizal and Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.