Friday, March 3, 2017

Eat. Share. Love. 2016

Tapulanga Foundation held its 8th benefit dinner entitled Eat. Share. Love. 2016 last November 18 at Sugarland Hotel, Bacolod City.  This was by far the most attended with more than 300 people.

The sumptuous buffet menu included the following:  Vietnamese spring rolls, chorizo empanaditas, mixed seafood chowder, Greek salad with feta cheese, olives, walnuts and honey-balsamic dressing, pasta felix, chicken relleno, beef yakiniku, roast porkloin with mango-pineapple sauce, mixed vegetables, rice and one round of soda.  Desserts included swiss chocoloate cake with caramel crunch, blueberry cheesecake and sansrival.

During the program, Pre-Kindergarten entertained everyone with a cute dance number. Scholars of the Silay Summer Workshop 2016 Guitar class with their teacher Mr. Junjun Davo performed Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head and a modern song Love Yourself by Justin Beiber while the Hip Hop Dance class danced.

The main event of the night was the silent auction with more than 200 donated items ranging from gift certificates (hotels, salon, spas and restaurants) to kitchenwares, shoes, toys, locally crafted and imported bags, paintings and home decors.

Proceeds of this event will go to the Senior High School Scholarship program of Tapulanga Foundation and the Sports Program of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City.

To those who supported this great cause, to all sponsors and to those who attended, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  

The Sugarland Hotel
Dynamic Builders Construction
Tinihaban Agricultural Corporation

Hawaiian Philippine Company

The Mercantile Insurance
Orix Metro Leasing & Finance Corporation
Copy Paste Prints Express
Mr. Roberto Abello
Southern Auto Mart & Trading Corp.

Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc.
PJL Auto Center
Standard Insurance
Datalink Technologies, Inc.
Hon. Alfredo B. Benitez
MetroClick Photobooth

Kenny Rogers
Miles Abello

Aldrtz Corporation
Chez Rose

Silent Auction donors
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tapulanga Foundation's First Senior High School Scholars

Tapulanga Foundation awarded its first Senior High School scholarship to 18 scholar graduates of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City last March 2016. 
Sydney Bañola 
University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, Bacolod City
"Senior high school is exciting for me because I encounter people with different personalities and I am challenged to face different problems in school." by Sydney Bañola

Jonel Mahinay - Silay Institute

(L-R) Jasper Ferreras, Angelico Abo and Oliver Boiser
La Consolacion College - Bacolod
 "It's been so much fun because it is an opportunity for us to show the talents we have and most especially we meet new friends." by Jasper Ferreras

(L-R) Reymart Navaritte, Micah Rinell Ramirez and Michael Varela
 Riverside College, Bacolod City
"I have learned to be independent and I have been given the opportunity to share my talent in singing." by Micah Rinell Ramirez

Top (L-R) Nicole Varela, Danilo Villanueva, Jr., Alondra Sadio
Bottom (L-R) Miguel Eusala, Glend Intor, Christian Salvacion, Aaron Gonzales, 
Agazelen Belgira, Alyza Gentolio and Marlyn Bernasol
Liceo de La Salle, Bacolod City
"What I like the most in Liceo is that they have a lot of nice places there where I can can spend my vacant time like the huge coliseum, the covered courts, the grandstand, the forum, and the canteens. I also like the way of they teach where teacher use the projector for the students to understand the lessons well." by Christian James Salvacion

"At first, it's so hard to adjust with the new culture but when I found my new friends, they helped me to adopt the new environment and culture." by Danilo Villanueva, Jr.

"Studying at Liceo is a great oppurtunity and experience for a scholar like me.  My happiest experience so far is enjoying the Liceo Olympics last December 12-16. It was a week of friendship and memorable things." by Glend Entor

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Monday, February 27, 2017

The Coory and the Bactong Families Meet

Last October 31, TF donors Damian and Lisa Coory visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City (SFAS) and met their scholar, CJ. The Coory's used to sponsor the Bactong brothers, CJ and Casey, when they were in grade school, as their mother taught in SFAS. The Bactong brothers transferred to another school when their mother left SFAS to teach in the public school. Their father joined the SFAS faculty last school year and upon CJ's request, he transferred back to SFAS as 10th grade scholar with the Coory's support once again.

The Coory and the Bactong family with Ms. Micmic Golez, Executive Director of TF.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Scholar's First Ever Birthday Celebration

For the first time, Maezy, a TF scholar, was able to celebrate her 5th birthday with a cake and balloons last October 28, 2016.  All from the generosity of her TF sponsor, Rina Yan.  The family feasted with pork barbeque, sotanghon noodles with vegetables and fried chicken!  And of course, she received dolls and a kitchen set as gifts.

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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