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In Focus: UP Student Leaders Who Will Inspire You To Live Your College Life To The Fullest

In Focus: UP Student Leaders Who Will Inspire You To Live Your College Life To The Fullest


By Michiko Pearl Palaran
Chalk Campus Correspondent

Every college student has experienced juggling five to seven different subjects all at the same time. This may already seem challenging, but others choose to maximize their college life by leading an organization or being part of the student council.

Even more so, their hearts continue to beat for their passion, which prompts tthem to balance their academics, leadership responsibilities, and passion projects every single day! In the University of the Philippines Diliman, we found five student leaders who perfectly fit this category! Get inspired below!

1. Arlan Jondonero

Arlan is a third year BA Broadcast Communication student and is currently the College of Mass Communication representative to the University Student Council. Despite the heavy load of major courses and the need to attend assemblies and meetings for his seven organizations and local and university councils, Arlan still manages to train with the UP Streetdance Club and bag the first runner-up award at the Ego Supreme Crew Wars 5 with his teammates!

Arlan in his victorious first dance competition!

2. Ela Gomez

A graduating BS Tourism student, Ela leads the premiere FM organization of UP Diliman, Maroon FM. With a passion for music and radio, she auditioned to be part of 99.5 Play FM’s Rookie Radio and has been on-air since 2018! Through the intensive workshops and trainings she has been taking in the program, Ela is also one of the most in-demand hosts inside the campus. From hosting the culmination night of the University Freshie Month to the UP Fair, watch out as this rising star becomes the master of the mic!

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3. Ces Tan

From being the president of the UP Radio Circle in her undergraduate degree and joining dance competitions, Ces is now a full-time law student who juggles hundreds of pages of cases while heading UP Motions, the first and only dance organization in the UP College of Law. Since dancing has always been her passion, she’s been the head coach of Miriam College Middle School Pep Squad for six years now, even landing second runner-up in the All Girl Junior Pom division and Champion in All Girls Junior Pom Pairs division in the National Cheerleading Championship 2019!

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4. Amber Yaokasin

Starting off as a passion project, it has become the lifetime advocacy of second year BS Business Administration and Accountancy student Amber to build fully furnished libraries with computers in public schools around the country. The project kicked off during her 18th birthday in 2016, and today, she has already put up three "Amber's Nook" in her hometown, Tacloban City. This work takes up a lot of time, but she still manages to serve her college by being a councilor in the UP Business Administration Council! Help Amber equip the minds of our future by sending her a message on her Facebook account

5. Cai Lee

An artist at heart, Cai is a third year BA Broadcast Communication student who creates beautiful digital collages while balancing her position as vice president for publicity and creatives at UP CMC ISA. Being the head of the creatives committee, her position also became an avenue for her to showcase her passion and expand her creativity. Whenever available, she would join art fairs to exhibit her work. 

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Talk about studying, leading, and working on the craft that you love. With time management, these stellar students have proven that balancing these three acts is possible. Now, it’s your time to move, serve your people, and go for what your heart beats for!

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