Choices, resolutions, and revisions—three words that are vital to the job of a Vice President. The vice presidency is a very important role in the student council especially in carrying major responsibilities and duties, and so it’s only imperative that they possess ample knowledge and proficiency. Get to know the two candidates running for the position in the Marist Senior High School Coordinating Body, School Year 2021-2022.   

1st Question: The Vice President’s primary duty is widely presumed by many to be assuming the Presidency in case of the latter’s unavailability. If given the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of the MSCB-SHS, how can you fulfill your duty beyond what is presumed?

Zyrus Ramos (Vice Presidential candidate, AKMA):

It is my all due respect to the role of being a vice president to fulfill the duty beyond what is presumed. If I were given the opportunity to be elected as the Vice-President it is my great honor and responsibility to act what is right for the people. Sitting as a Vice-President, I will follow the rules and laws that were given to me, and fulfill the act of what is beyond right for the community that assembles a well unified people. I will accept the position of manufacturing enormous possibilities that will make the place in a better shape. I will face the challenges of having my greatest knowledge and courage. In the terms of being a vice president I will apply and give my best efforts with all of my strength and imposing leadership for the community. These traits of mine being elected as the vice president believe that I can fulfill the duty beyond what is presumed to be.

Matthew Clemente (Vice Presidential candidate, ADLAW):

As the Vice President of the Marist School Coordinating Body, I will be able to fulfill my duties and responsibilities by working hand in hand with all the officers, especially in with the President. If given the opportunity to serve, I can assure that I [will be] open in communicating and coordinating with all officers in terms of their ideas and concepts with full clarity and transparency. I must always be ready to preside over meetings and other concerns in the absence of the president. Though, if elected, I will not just simply wait till there is work to do and take proper initiative since the stigma of the vice president being merely a placeholder has been going on for so long. Through this, I will be working for the benefit and the good of the students and for the greater glory of our school.


2nd Question: What programs can you propose to form the Marist communal spirit?

Zyrus Ramos (Vice Presidential candidate, AKMA):

I believe that programs help the people bring more closer and attached to become one. Having programs should be a place where people would make themselves feel that they are in the right place. Making programs that make the Marist Communal Spirit arise from the absence of being miserable and negative in the eyes of the people. The programs that I would propose are the ones that will make themselves feel comfortable and gratified, because these ideas will make the program more fruitful to the community, helping them in a way they can cope up with each other. These programs that I can propose have the big opportunity to establish a Marist Communal Spirit effortlessly.

Matthew Clemente (Vice Presidential candidate, ADLAW):

I’ve always grown in admiration for the communal spirit of the Marist community. And if given the chance, the opportunity to contribute to this ever-lasting tradition is a great honor. One major highlight of my platform “BIDAMarista” is an online concert. BIDAMarista is all about bringing back the feels of what it was like during the face-to-face classes. I’ve always believed that our connections with each other aren’t gone, but were cut-off. This serves as a big challenge for us to adapt to the times and to come up with new and improved ways of connection. The pandemic has already taken years of our lives and even though we cannot bring back practices held before, we can collaborate with each other in fulfilling our hopes and aspirations through social media. BIDAMarista will not only bring back feelings [and] tradition, but will [also] make us experience new activities that can strengthen and form our Marist communal spirit.


3rd Question: What has Marist taught you in becoming a student leader?

Zyrus Ramos (Vice Presidential candidate, AKMA):

I have experienced many things in becoming a student leader. From homerooms to organizations, Marist taught me the true meaning of becoming a leader, which gave me inspiration to pursue running in the position of vice president now in the MSCB. Although being a leader is not that easy, especially when you are being criticized and brought down by negative thoughts that are thrown to you. [Amidst] all of the negative experiences that I encounter, motivation strikes in my mind in becoming a student leader. [Through] these experiences, I helped myself to become a good and rightful leader. Becoming a student leader for me is that leadership is to serve your people with great opportunities and with all of your dignity.

Matthew Clemente (Vice Presidential candidate, ADLAW):

Marist School not only taught me academically but also inspired me to be a better person. Marist taught me many values which I can use as a young leader of my community. First is leadership, my ability to lead and influence others without personal biases. Next is being a good communicator, to be a good leader, one must be a good communicator to be able to listen and give feedback on what the students have to say. Third is empathy, the ability to understand others and see from their point of view and to feel what they are feeling. Fourth is humility, remaining humble and accepting that despite being a leader, I still must learn and be open to what other people see wrong in my actions since there is always room for improvement. Lastly, having passion and a sense of commitment, for me to be able to work things thoroughly as a leader, I must be passionate and committed in serving the Marist community. With these values, I will be able to perform my duties and responsibilities with full transparency and honesty.


You’ve read their responses—now it’s time for you to discern. Whose answer struck you the most and proved worthy of your vote? 

Interview made by Marcus Sison

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