Panasonic Group manifested again its commitment to partner with Philippine society in pursuing nation-building with the official nomination of three outstanding students to receive this year’s scholarship grant during the 2016 Panasonic Asian Scholarship Program Awarding Ceremony for undergraduate category held recently at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), Quezon City.
Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) president and Panasonic Scholarship (Philippines) chairman Shinichi Hayashi led the presentation of the certificates of scholarship to the nominees together with Panasonic Precision Devices Philippines Corporation (PPRDPH) president Muneyuki Oimatsu, Pamantasan ng Cabuyao (PnC) president Isabel Inlayo, PMPC executive director for finance & administration Yoshiyuki Takahashi, PMPC executive director for sales & marketing Masaru Toyota, UPD vice chancellor for student affairs Neil Martial Santillan, University of Rizal System (URS) vice president for administration & finance Nancy Pascual, and UPD College of Engineering dean Rizalinda de Leon. Other Panasonic executives at the event include PMPC assistant director for finance & administration Marlon Molano, PMPC assistant director for cost control and quality assurance centers Robert Pacheco, PMPC general manager for corporate planning Wenyfreda Sy, and PMPC team leader and Panasonic Scholarship (Philippines) manager Lorenz Magsingit.
The nominees, who were chosen after passing series of screening activities, interviews, and assessment of their over-all performance as students are: Miss Clarinalyn Boco of URS; Miss Diana Rose Narag of PnC; and Miss Katrina Beatriz Nieva of UPD. They are expected not only to become successful in pursuing their respective courses, but also in contributing to Panasonic’s commitment in leading a better life for the betterment of society.
Mr. Hayashi reminded the new scholars not to let themselves lose in the maze of academia, but to use their education as a tool to help in enriching people’s lives, and that of society. Likewise, he emphasized the importance of having a sense of gratitude. “Be grateful for where you are now, and for where you are heading. Aside from your Panasonic scholarship, look around you for the many things that you could be grateful for: family, schools, professors… your friends…. I’m sure that you'll be surprised to realize how blessed you are,” Mr. Hayashi said.
Moreover, Dr. Inlayo, Dr. Santillan, and Dr. Pascual took their turn not only in commending Panasonic for its commitment to support the country’s development of future leaders, but also in encouraging the scholars to succeed in their chosen fields so as to raise the bar of Filipino professionals and workers here and abroad. Dr. de Leon, for her part asked the scholars to really make use of the opportunity and practice S-M-I-L-E, as she shared the motto of the Panasonic Scholarship Program, which is to practice “Social responsibility – Multi-cultural understanding – Intellect – Leadership – and Excellence”.
In his closing remarks, UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation president Alfonso Aliga Jr. cited also the humble beginnings of Panasonic founder Konosuke Matsushita to inspire the scholars in pursuing their dreams and contribute to realizing a better future for the country.
Panasonic Corporation (Japan) funds the Panasonic Asian Scholarship Program for its localized schemes in the region. In the Philippines, the program is administered by PMPC and supported by PPRDPH.