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Special Report, Manila Bulletin

26 September 2010

3 Pinoys Get UK Scholarships


September 26, 2010, 4:58pm

MANILA, Philippines Three Filipinos were awarded the United Kingdoms Chevening scholarships, giving them the opportunity to pursue higher education in Britain starting this month.

The British Embassy in Manila announced that this years Chevening scholars are Ian Norman Dato, Edzyl Josef Magante, and Dave Jesus Devilles.

Dato, a former undersecretary in the Department of Justice (DoJ), is pursuing a Master of Laws Degree in Public International Law at the University College London.

Magante, Court Attorney VI on the legal staff of Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales, is taking up a Master of Laws course in International Business Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Devilles, a public relations specialist at the Energy Development Corporation, is pursuing further studies in corporate communications and reputation management at the University of Manchester.

We are delighted that Filipinos are among the recipients of this years. These scholarships are highly sought after, with thousands of applicants from all over the world.

The Chevening program is a wonderful link between the United Kingdom and the Philippines and underpins our growing education links, said British Ambassador Stephen Lillie.

UK education is among the worlds best. Its tradition of excellence, combined with modern innovation and flexibility, makes UK education recognized and respected all over the world.

The scholarship program has consistently produced graduates who have consequently made exemplary achievements in their careers.

Most recently, Chevening alumna Flora May Cerna was bestowed the 2010 Aquino Fellowship for Public Service for encouraging several government organisations to create more transparent and accountable processes as head of the Department of Research and Project Development at the Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN).

Chevening Scholarships are granted by the UKs Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to young individuals in the early stage of their careers who have the potential to become leaders, decision makers and opinion formers in their chosen field. The scholarships were named after Chevening House in Kent, the UK Foreign Secretary’s official country residence.


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