|The KABALIKAT HALL OF FAME AWARD is bestowed on an institution that has won the Golden
Flame of Virtue three times. The Kabalikat Hall of Fame citation and the Kabalikat Trophy is
awarded to the winning institution’s STET-VIP/NSTP Coordinator.
The Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC) in Kidapawan City, under the leadership of Mr.
Joseph B. Contreras, is the first Kabalikat Hall of Fame awardee, having won the Golden Flame
of Virtue in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
In 2005, on the third year of the Kabalikat Awards, the Board of Trustees decided to change the
policy regarding awards conferment. The original policy was for the Golden Flame of Virtue to be
awarded only once to Higher Technical Institutions (HTEIs) to give others a chance to be
recognized. In 2005, NDKC submitted its entry even if it was the previous year’s Golden Flame of
Virtue winner. When reminded of the policy, Mr. Joseph B. Contreras explained that their intention
was not to win but to share their new experiences and projects with others. His response impressed
the Board of Trustees, and thus, the Board unanimously decided to change its policy regarding
induction into the Kabalikat Hall of Fame.
To implement NDKC’s STET-VIP/NSTP community projects, Mr. Joseph B. Contreras drew support
from Bro. John Y. Tan, FMS, NDKC’s former President; Bro. Ted A. Fernandez, FMS, NDKC’s
incumbent President; Hon. Rodolfo Y. Gantuangco, Kidapawan City’s Mayor; Hon. Gregorio I.
Ipong, Congressman of North Cotabato’s Second District; and Hon. Joseph A. Evangelista, the
Councilor of Kidapawan City’s Education Committee. Mr. Joseph B. Contreras has also served as a
mentor to the dedicated STET-VIP CWTS students/alumni of Batch 2003-2004, 2004-2005, and
2005-2006 who all continue to share what they have learned from him as active members of the
STET-VIP/NSTP Volunteer Corps.
NDKC’s elevation to the Kabalikat Hall of Fame is in recognition of the sustained synergia it has
generated in responding to the identified needs of communities. Their story serves as an inspiration
to countless HTEIs.