A SNAP LOOK AT DANI
Danilo Tao-tuan Naraja was born in San Remigio, Cebu on July 10, 1977. He finished both his grade school (1990) and high school (1994) education as valedictorian. In 1990, he was recognized as one of the most outstanding student leaders by the Philippine Jaycees, Inc. and awarded a Gold Medal for Academic Excellence by the Congress of the Philippines.
In 1992, he was elected councilor of the Sangguniang Kabataan. As such, he represented the SK Council in the Seminar on Barangay Budgeting and Development. From 1991 to 1994, he served as circulation manager, features editor, associate editor and editor in chief of The Michaelian, a high school student publication. From 1992 to 1994, he represented his school in the Cebu Division Secondary Schools Press Conference, where he garnered awards in news writing, copy editing and headline writing.
In 1994, he was awarded a Philippine Senate Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.
He took up AB Industrial Psychology at the University of Cebu as a government scholar under the Senate Scholarship Program and as a university’s academic scholar, graduating cum laude in 1997. In the same year, he entered the UV College of Law as an academic scholar while teaching at the San Isidro Parish School in Talamban, Cebu City.
He stopped his law course after earning some units and pursued Master of Arts in Education (MAED), with specializations in Guidance and Counseling and Special Education. He has completed the academic requirements for Guidance and Counseling and lacks 9 units in Special Education.
During his college days, he was very active in student organizations. From 1995 to 1997, he served as senior editor for magazine of The Lakandiwa, official student publication of the University of Cebu. As such, he became a member of the education committee of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, umbrella organization of the student publications in the country.
In 1996, he was one of the delegates of the University of Cebu to the 28th National Student Press Congress at the Boys Scouts Jamboree in Los Banos, Laguna and to the 55th National Student Press Convention at Cebu State College of Science and Technology (now Cebu Technological University) in Cebu City.
He served as vice president of the Erato Circle from 1995 to 1996 and as auditor of the Psychological Society for two times from 1995 to 1996, then from 1996 to 1997. For two times also, he became a COMELEC Commissioner of the UC Supreme Student Government.
In 1997, he was awarded a plaque of recognition for his academic excellence and for his meritorious performance in the field of journalism by the UC College of Arts and Sciences.
In January 2001, he, together with the then regional editor of a local daily and the multi-awarded writer, had his first crack as a speaker in the seminar-workshop on journalism and creative writing by the UC College of Arts and Sciences. He was instrumental in the establishment of a school organ of the same college.
For several times, he has been invited as a speaker on such topics as self-awareness, supervisory skills, leadership, managerial competencies, psychological assessment tools, multiple intelligences, customer service and relations, values realignment, stress management, career path, job evaluation and analysis, among others.