Just like International-award winning speaker, Patricia Evangilista, Communication Arts junior Vera Lorraine Celestino had been a Philippine representative to the International Soroptimist's Violet Richardson Award for community service at the age of 17.
Celestino earned the right to represent the country in the 2005 award after ranking first in the national level and beating 16 other candidates from different provinces.
Celestino submitted her credentials to the headquarters of the Soroptimist in Cambridge, England where she competed with the other young females from around the world in community service presentation. Although it was Tara Syed of Canada who eventually won, Celestino said she profited much from the experience.
"I still serve as one of the global voices for women and underprivileged people", she said. "Everyone can make a difference, no matter how simple his or her deeds, for the benefit of the humanity."
Celestino believes that the Thomasian values of competence, compassion, and commitment direct the students to the right path.