The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), through its annual Search for the Ten Outstanding Overseas Filipino Children, honors this year’s new generation of exemplary students who are children of Overseas Filipino Workers. Now on its 6th year, the Search cites seven (7) Ibang Klaseng Talino awardees, and one awardee each for Ibang Klaseng Community Leader, Ibang Klaseng Entrepreneur, and Ibang Klaseng Artist/Athlete categories.
Year-on-year, BPI has recognized students who could serve as role models of excellence in academics, sports, entrepreneurship and leadership to their generation despite the challenge of having only one parent physically living with them to personally guide them, or, sometimes, being left under the guidance of relatives.
BPI President Aurelio Montinola III says, “BPI never tires of giving honor to the children of our modern heroes. We see a new generation of children who ensure that the sacrifices and hard work of their parents working abroad do not go to waste. These kids have inspiring stories to share. Their achievements demonstrate the value that their family comes first.”
This year’s winner of Ibang Klaseng Talino category, Gerard Don Padilla, shares, “we feel our dad is never far away from us because we take advantage of what technology offers today.” Padilla is a 4th year BS Business Administration and Accountancy student of the University of the Philippines.
Passion is one of the most important keys to achieving success. For the Davaoenian triathlete Mary Pauline “Pawie” Fornea, her passion in sports has rewarded her not just success but also pride to be named as an outstanding child of an overseas Filipino parent. With her excellence in sports and academics the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) recognizes her as this year’s Ibang Klaseng Athlete awardee of the 2012 Search for the Ten Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children.