Central Luzon State University gave Aries Bañez Toledo a hero’s welcome last August 29 following his winning the gold medal in the Men’s Decathlon event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
University officials, faculty and staff members, and students took turns in congratulating him and expressing their happiness over his outstanding feat.
Part of the hero’s welcome was a motorcade to the Science City of Muñoz and inside the CLSU campus. It was followed by a recognition program held at the RET Cafeteria.
Toledo was awarded a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize.
Toledo, 23, a student of the CLSU College of Education and a native of Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija, was lauded by his co-athletes, coaches and by CLSU officials led by President Tereso A. Abella for bringing honors not only to CLSU and to his town and province, but also to the whole country.
Parading the Gold Medalist
President Abella awards a certificate of recognition and a cash prize (a big chunk of it from his personal money) to Aries Toledo. With them in photo are (from left to right) Mr. Jose Ariel G. Barza, President, Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA); Dr. Edgar A. Orden, VP for Business Affairs; Dr. Melissa E. Agulto, VP for Academic Affairs; Dr. Fe L. Porciuncula, VP for Research, Extension and Training; Dr. Carlos C. Abon, Jr., president, CLSU Alumni Association, Inc. (CLSUAAI); and Prof. Nemesio V. Torres, president, CLSU Labor Union of Teachers and Employees (CLUTCHES).