DDB Awards Nite at Nikki Louise College

General Santos City, December 23 - The year 2007 saw a number of fruitful activities and what a best way to end the year with a party which coincided with the awards conferment of the 2007 Darlene Dilangalen Borromeo Student Nursing Leadership Award which was held at the Nikki Louise College.

No less than an old hand in the nursing profession graced the Awards nite. Veteran nurse leader, Ms. Nellie B. Canda provided the keynote speech. She spoke on the "Nurse as a Community Leader". Her 50 year career as a nurse in such field as community health, education and administration remains unmatched in this part of the country. The leadership in her is truly worth emulating and she is active in the field. At dinner, we joked her about doing a long-term project for nurses. Imagine today at 72 and twenty years down the road seem an exciting period by then. Very gratifying in her speech was an emphasis on stakeholdership. For a nurse, she or he is expected to take part in changing a better world, in creating opportunities to enhance community health.

Certainly, the highlight of the evening was the conferment of the Darlene Dilangalen Borromeo Student Nursing Leadership Award. The award is a major component of a nursing leadership development program named after Ms. Borromeo who happened to be a [previous resident of General Santos City. Lending her name to this project truly enhances the entire program. Aside from her honorary membership in the Society, Darlene has metamorphosed from her role as nurse leader into a servant leader whose values must surely inspire young and emergent leaders particularly among undergraduate students.

No less than a senior nursing student of General Santos Doctors Medical School Foundation romped off with the coveted Borromeo prize (uniquely inscribed/designed plaque, a cash gift, among others). Clyde Cyril Baculio bested four other entries (actually, from different nursing schools) from the SOCCKSARGEN area. Clyde has storied leadership career from elementary to high school to college. He is consistent dean's lister, officer of various school organizations, to name a few. This maybe a starting recognition for him and expectations are high as he pursue his professional career in a few months time.

It was during this evening that Prof. Jerome Babate and Ms. Canda came up with an idea of a wine toast. For the many uninitiated, this instance allowed them to experience a formal occasion. So Ms. Canda proposed a toast to the Awardee, Mr Clyde Baculio, signalling a new tradition to the fledgling Society.

The event organizers, Mira Rosali and Jay R Pascua, were modestly pleased with the turn out and both greeted the members a joyful Merry Christmas.