Sunday, January 29, 2017

Susan Benin-Presto Meets Her Scholars!

Last October 20, TF donor Susan Benin-Presto from the USA visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City with her mother, Lydia Benin, her brother (and TF Vice President), Joey Benin and sister-in-law, Bing Ledesma-Benin. She met her scholars, Kenneth Amaro, Kinder and Keith Sotis, Grade 2 and had a short chat with them.  

Ms. Susan with her two scholars, Keith and Kenneth

Top (L-R) Bing Benin, Susan Benin Presto, Lydia Benin and Joey Benin
Bottom (L-R) Keith Sotis and Kenneth Amaro

Joey, Bing, Lydia, Susan and Ms. Mic
Thank you so much Ms. Susan and family for taking time in meeting your scholars and visiting the school!

"I want to thank the Tapulanga Foundation again for giving me a chance to sponsor kids such as Kenneth and Keith. Visiting them and the school is one of the great memories that I will treasure. Seeing the smile on the kids' faces is just an expression of the joy in studying at St Francis. I felt very welcome and it felt like everyone appreciated our visit. It was good to know from Micmic that kids have to pass a test in order to be admitted at St Francis and it really proved that all the kids enjoy learning by their gestures. It was examinations day when we visited so most of the kids were so focused on their tests but they all greeted us with a smile and a "Good morning Miss/visitors" greeting!

I've sponsored kids from different organizations but this was the first time I've visited the kids at St Francis through the Tapulanga Foundation - I no longer see my financial support but rather I see an established bond with Kenneth and Keith which I will have the opportunity to expand my relationship with them and receive God's grace. My visit also gave me assurance of the the Tapulanga Foundation's financial stewardship. I believe that Kenneth and Keith are going to get a good education! Thanks again to Micmic, Gen and to the teachers...may you be blessed and may you continue to be a blessing!" - Mrs. Susan Presto

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Toiletries for Tapulanga Scholars!

A BIG THANK YOU to Leah, Joseph and Coby Castillo, Letlet Estacio, Marjorie Defensor Lopez, Mano Morales, Irma Escalona, Belle Cohen and Gia De la Pena for donating toiletries to the Grade 9 and 10 scholars last October 19, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City. 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ms. Joann Miraflores Visits SFAS

Last October 10, Ms. Joanne Miraflores visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City and met the scholars of her cousin, Mrs. Ana Gonzaga-Layaoen.  Her daughter, Monica, came with her and she brought gifts to the scholars from Ms. Ana.

From left to right (bottom): Khrys Rhyn, Monica (Ms. Joann's daughter), Zoe, Ms. Joann and AJ

Scholars of Ms. Ana: Khrys Rhyn with his mother, Marechris, Zoe and AJ

Thank you so much Ms. Ana Gonzaga-Layaoen for your thoughtfulness and thank you Ms. Joann for sharing your time with the children.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Two Birthday Celebrations in One Day!

Last October 5, TF donors Ana Gonzaga-Layaoen and Rina Yan sponsored birthday treats for their scholars, Alvin Secapore and Alrhie John Coja.

TF donor Ana Gonzaga-Layaoen has been very thoughtful and generous as this is her second year to treat her scholar, Alvin, on his birthday.  This year, she treated the whole family to lunch at Chicken Deli at The District Ayala in Talisay City. Alvin also received a red race car toy on top of his birthday cake.

Alrhie is one of Ms. Rina Yan's scholars and on his birthday, his family was treated to lunch at Mang Inasal in Silay City. He also received gifts and a birthday cake.

A BIG thank you to Ms. Ana and Ms. Rina for having such a BIG heart!  You both made Alvin and Alrhie very happy on their birthday!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Mrs. Mitos Gloudemans Visits SFAS

Last September 30, Mrs. Mitos Bayog-Gloudemans with husband, Tony, and good friend, Atty. Connie Rivera, visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City for the first time and met her scholar, Ruel Badian, Jr., a Pre-Kindergarten student.  Mitos chose Ruel to be her scholar during the 60 Scholars Challenge last summer.

"Our visit to your school and meeting Ruel was very emotionally rewarding. Hope that it won't be too long for us to visit him again." Tony and Mitos Gloudemans

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kristine Labayen Reyes Finds Joy in Sending Kids to School

TF donor, Kristine Labayen Reyes, visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City last September 6 and met her new TF scholars, Pauline and Aina Mae.  Kristine finds joy in supporting Tapulanga Foundation and sponsored a scholar a couple of years ago and decided to sponsor again this school year 2016-2017.  
Kristine Reyes and her scholars, Aina Mae PaciƱo and Pauline del Sol, 7th graders.
Kristine with her girlfriends (L-R): Alaine Borja, Kristine Reyes, Aina Mae, Pauline,
Leizel Esteban, Joy Araneta and Trixia Aspan.
Kristine conversed with the school principal, JR Abello.
"It was really nice to see the girls and meet them. They seem to be well behaved, respectful, and studious. I hope I can get to know more about them; their interests, their dreams, their challenges. I can feel that they have a lot of potential and I would really like to inspire them to dream big and study hard to achieve bigger things in life." by Kristine Labayen Reyes

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Mrs. Lolita Jardeleza Visits SFAS Once Again

Last July 26, Mrs. Lolita Ledesma-Jardeleza visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City once again and met five of her six scholars.  Her 6th scholar is in Grade 11 at Riverside College in Bacolod City.  Ms. Inday, as she is fondly called by everyone, was on vacation from the United States of America and brought along her son, Rob, and her five grandchildren.

L-R Back: Darby, Libby, Billy, Maddie, Danny and Eva
Front: Leenen, Aileen, Ms. Inday, Lorebeth, Mariel and Lorie
Ms. Inday has been one of Tapulanga Foundation's most loyal and generous supporter for many, many years.  In 2004, she taught at the school for six months.  She attends the yearly benefit dinner in Maryland.  Some of her children also support their own scholar at St. Francis through the foundation.

Ms. Inday with SFAS Principal JR Abello

Mr. JR Abello, school principal, gave them a tour of the school, including the new building and the mud chapel.

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