Angelo Acedera, News, Communication Management Office
Flory Joy Alvares is a fourth-year History student from the College of Social Science and Development (CSSD). She is also the President of the CSSD Student Council (SC). Out of more than 200 participants, Flory Joy placed 2nd in the 2022 Outstanding Student Leader in the Philippines (OSLP).
The OSLP is a recognition organized by the group Transforming Advocates and Champions (TRAC) to honor the country’s most notable tertiary student leaders who have contributed to nation-building through excellent academic achievement, transformative social engagement, and innovative leadership during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student leadership and rights advocate
Flory is a student leader. Her advocacy focuses on human rights, children’s rights, and women’s empowerment. During her high school days, Flory was an Asian girl ambassador and was able to represent the Philippines in the United Nations to talk about children’s rights.
Flory recently stepped down as president of the student council, she was able to develop initiatives for students. She said, “Yung CSSD totoong mga kampanya ang mga dala mo, buhay at pangarap ng mga estudyante ang nakasalalay.”
During her term as SC president, the council passed a code for Persons With Disabilities (PWD) that gives protection for PWD students as well as mental wellness of the students.
Exemplary leaders treat people fairly
According to Flory, her recognition as 2nd place in OSLP 2022 is just a validation, “Awards and recognition lang yan, makakalimutan din yang ng mga tao. The most important [thing] is how you were able to treat people. Lagi kong pinipili na maging mabuti, sobrang genuine ko sa intention ko dahil maalala ka ng tao kung paano mo siya tinrato hindi yung kaya mong i-offer sa table.”
To inspire young student leaders, Flory shares her secret, “Mahalaga na may mentors kayo kasi sila yung magsasabi kung too much ka na or hindi, because when we achieved too much, overwhelming siya. Nakakalimutan natin kung saan tayo nagsimula, so meron mga taong tatapik sa atin at magsasabing sumosobra kana at least it humbles us down.”
Early this year, Flory also received the recognition of representing the University in the 24th Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC 2022). She was chosen as one of the top 80 across the country, alongside fellow PUP student leader, AJ Ryan Del Rosario.
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