Friday, December 28, 2012

Para Kay Toto

Top–billed SIDE A Band rendered a benefit concert last December 1, 2012 at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City embracing its national campaign “Para Kay Toto“(Toto is a common nickname among Ilonggo kids).  The campaign was set on stage as an advocate in promoting awareness to free children from the abused world.  Tapulanga Foundation was one of its beneficiaries, together with the Real Life Foundation, Kalipay Negrense and Bantay Bata 163.

The event was founded by Mr. Joey Benin, a former SIDE A band member, and his wife, Bing Ledesma-Benin, who is from Negros, and organized by the Para Sa Kabataang Pilipino Movement whose vision is to help children and participated by various celebrities.

Some of the teachers and staff of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City set aside their school works and proudly delivered their spirit of volunteerism during the said concert. It was reunited by more than 100 volunteers from different sectors to give free service to Para Kay Toto.

SFAS students-scholars joined and sang on stage with the SIDE A Band during the finale and they gave out thank you cards to the audience.

Thank you to all who came and had a great time singing old and new time hits and at the same time, being a part of providing children with a brighter tomorrow!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Good Sight = Good Education

After several screenings to determine their vision correction needs, new set of SFAS teachers ( Ms. Yvette Jaranilla , Ms. Louren Purisima, Sir Jomar Eguid, Ms. Luzel Estrobo, Ms. Catrina Deriada and Ms. Cindy Dumdumaya ) and students (Miguel Lavilla, Ajay Gonzales, Nicole Monge, Reymart Navarette and Justine Duyo)  were given FREE EYEGLASSES this school year 2012-2013. This has been a project of the Tapulanga Foundation for many years already to provide a better sight to those who need it the most.

Since it started, the program has seen that providing eyeglasses to the students did not only make them see better but had other good effects such as boosting their self – confidence, increasing their class participation and better performance in school.
“By the time my eyeglass was given to me, I was very happy. It is because it helped me a lot. I am very thankful because I can now see writings clearly." - Justine Duyo , Grade 9 student 
“The eyeglass has been very helpful to me especially in my studies. I could clearly read now the writings on the board even if it is far. I am very happy and thankful for it. “ – Miguel Lavilla, Grade 9 student
“Thank you for the eyeglass because I can see things far from me. Thank you also for the school for helping me with my eye problem.” – Ajay Gonzales, Grade 5 student
“I am very thankful that in this institution, not only is the education of the children their concern but also the teachers, especially for those of us who have difficulty in reading and seeing things clearly. Thank you for my eyeglass. “ – Ms. Catrina Deriada , Grade 4 Adviser 
“Thank you for the Tapulanga Foundation because they have given me an eyeglass which I can use everyday especially when I am doing paper works.” -  Ms. Louren Purisima, Science & Social Studies Teacher