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  DLSL Confers Semper Fidelis Award to Br. Armin Luistro FSC  
  Post by: Catherine Perez | 3/1/2017 2:32:11 PM  

  Semper Fidelis, which literally means always faithful, is the newest recognition that De La Salle Lipa has recently bestowed upon a deserving recipient who happens to be a De La Salle Brother, alumnus, and Lipeno, Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.

The Semper Fidelis Award (SFA) "is the highest award given by De La Salle Lipa to an individual committed to its strategic intents of educating for equity and justice and educating for sustainable and inclusive development. It acknowledges that stakeholder's support and engagement to the institution's achievements of its targets that are highly valued and treasured. De La Salle Lipa would like to recognize the meritorious contributions of external partners in pursuit of its mission to give quality human and Christian education to all, building a society founded on equity and justice, and sustainable and inclusive development."

The former Department of Education Secretary was conferred DLSL's ultimate recognition for being "a distinguished advocate for inclusive and innovative education in the Philippine educational system; exercising bold, courageous and visionary leadership; faithfully exemplifying the philosophy, principles, values and practices of De La Salle Lipa; and contributing substantially to diversity and excellence in Philippine education."

In fact, organizations have expressed their agreement as he was described by the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) in their citation to Br. Armin as "the one who significantly disrupted the education sector" and "the man who made the elephants dance," for accomplishing the impossible.

A quote from Br. Armin is a strong testament of his motivation in his pursuit of excellence, "We should not lose sight of the immense power of reason and intellect that academic institutions can easily harness to prohibit the full regression of this nation to a state of stupor."

Along with the handcrafted wooden plaque with a gold medal that was presented by the DLSL President and Chancellor, Br. Dante R. Amisola FSC, an endowment worth Php 100,000.00 will be named after the awardee to mark his valuable contribution to De La Salle Lipa in perpetuity.

The awarding ceremony coincided with the opening of his homecoming exhibit titled "Journey 61:16" on February 24, 2017 at the College Learning Resource Center.