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#PinoyPride: Pinoy Achieves the Highest Academic Distinction in University of Ottawa


Joyce Tamayo, from Victorias City, Negros Occidental, together with her husband, Eric Tamayo was brimming with pride as she watches their son receive his diploma during the convocation ceremonies of the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) Faculty of Sciences in the Canadian Capital on June 18, 2019.

Gerlino Dominic Furbeyre Tamayo (Earl) finished his 4-year Honours Bachelor of Science Program in Biomedical Science with the highest academic honors and distinction in graduating summa cum laude from the world’s largest English-French bilingual university and regarded as among the top ranked schools in Canada acclaimed for its innovative and dynamic research and health science program.

Earl, 22 years old, was consistently on the Dean’s List in all his four years in the course, and an Ontario scholar all throughout. He associates his achievements to balancing academic excellence with civic and extra-curricular work.

Aside from studying hard he has also devoted his time volunteering in various community projects and civic activities in Ottawa and among the Filipino community in the city. In fact, he was active in student outreach movements and served as president of the Filipino Students Association of Ottawa (FILSAuO).

Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia, who hails from Isabela, Negros Occidental, was delighted for Earl and his parents. She conveyed her good wishes and congratulations to Earl for his achievement, hoping that his example will serve as an inspiration and role model to the young generation of Filipinos.

Dr. Ruby de Guzman Formoso, an eminent figure in the Filipino community in Ottawa, who is a mentor to Earl, was amazed at how Earl is filled with compassion, leadership, and a desire to serve. She emphasized the importance of young Filipinos embracing their heritage in staying grounded.

Mrs. Nora Arriola, president of the of the Philippine Independence Day Committee of Ottawa Valley (PICOV), commended Earl’s accomplishments and has related it to being consistent with the hallmarks of a friendly, courteous, diligent and caring Filipino


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