HIS ultimate dream is to become the country’s president and in pursuit of this, Don Stanley Dalisay, the son of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), has achieved feats that can be envied by even the most successful politicians and businessmen.
Dalisay, a Fourth Class cadet at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), is the lone Filipino scholar admitted at the West Point Academy of the United States (US), considered the world’s best military training facility.
He was chosen among five other candidates who qualified for scholarship at the prestigious New York City-based military academy.
Dalisay is also a recipient of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) .
He belongs to Batch Four of the OWWA scholars for school year 2007-2011 wherein he took up Bachelor of Science major in Public Health at the University of the Philippines (UP).
After graduation, he took and passed the 2011 Board Examinations for Medical Technologists.
He then entered to the PMA to fulfill his dream to become a soldier and subsequently become the country’s president.
“Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to become a soldier and then president,” he told reporters when he was presented by OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon on Friday.
He also said that former president Fidel Ramos, who is also a graduate of the West Point, inspired him to pursue a career in the military service.
“My mom always tells me that if I really wanted to become president, I should emulate FVR, who is a former military officer,” he added.
He expressed belief that joining the military service could be his stepping stone to attaining his goal.
Dalisay will be flying to the US on June 26 for his four-year military course scholarship grant.
When sought for a comment, Stanley’s mother Merian Dalisay said she has mixed emotions.
“Although I am happy that my son was chosen to be a scholar of West Point, I am also sad because he will be leaving us for four years,” she said.
Expressing elation over Dalisay’s inclusion to West Point scholars, Dimzon said that she is “extremely proud of him.”
“OWWA is very happy to know that one of our scholars made it to the West Point Academy. He is not only OWWA’s pride but he is the pride of the entire country. This is indeed good news,” she added.
Dimzon said that since the EDSP was lunched in 2004, they already have 1,400 scholars up to the present.
Dalisay is also a member of the PMA Debate team which grabbed 8th place in the 2012 Asia International Intervarsity Debate held in Intramuros, Manila.
An achiever, he was adjudged as the 8th Best Debater in Asia in the United Asian Debating Championship held in Macau in 2011, 2nd Best Debater in the Philippines in the National Debating Championship held in Cagayan de Oro City in October 2011 and 3rd Best Debater in the Philippines in the National Debating Championship held in Iloilo City in October 2012.