Davao’s OSM Thome Cadet Wins Big at Global Brilliance Student Excellence Award

A dedicated maritime professional and advocate for financial literacy working with OSM-Thome, Peterlou Catilo Hormaza was recently honored as the Gold Awardee during the 10th Global Brilliance Student Excellence Award presented by the Philippine GBCB Management Corporation. Hormaza, a Cum Laude graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation program at the DMMA College of Southern Philippines (DCSP), is a scholar under OSM-Thome’s Future Leaders Program, part of the Norwegian Shipowner’s Association (NSA) Philippine Cadetship Program. He was recognized for his well-rounded achievements in leadership, academic excellence, community service, and his unwavering commitment to financial literacy.

The awarding ceremony, held on July 2nd at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City, saw Hormaza being presented with a cash prize of Php 100,000.00 by Mr. Christlamb Reae Vicente, CEO and Founder of the Philippine GBCB Management Corporation. He icredits his success to his unwavering dedication and the support of his family. “They are the people who supported me from day one until the end,” he shared. “And above all, to God who made me who I am today.”

Hormaza’s journey to the award was not easy. He underwent a rigorous screening process that included interviews, essay writing, and assessments of his maritime knowledge and advocacy work. His win serves as an inspiration to aspiring students, demonstrating the value of hard work, perseverance, and a well-rounded approach to life.

Looking forward, Hormaza aims to further strengthen his foundation as a leader and continue promoting financial literacy within the maritime sector and beyond. He aspires to broaden the reach of his financial education advocacy to encompass every Filipino household. Fueled by Maya Angelou’s words, “If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased,” Hormaza is determined to constantly push his limits and strive for excellence in all aspects of his life.

Seeing his parents beaming with pride is a priceless reward for Hormaza. “I can finally say,” he declares, “I made Nanay and Tatay proud.”