Monday, September 7, 2015

Our Scholars: Jeremy and Philip Deogracias

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Jeremy and Philip Deogracias are siblings who graduated from St. Francis of Assisi School in Silay City and were Tapulanga Foundation scholars.

The eldest, Jeremy "Jem", graduated as 2nd Honorable Mention in 2010.  She entered SFAS in Kindergarten and became a TF scholar from Preparatory until High School.  Jem donors were Mr. Boy Severino and Mr. and Mrs. Kumar and Deena Sujanani.  Jem attended college at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod taking up Bachelor of Science in Psychology through an Academic Scholarship from USLS and Tapulanga Foundation. She graduated Cum Laude last March 2014!  Jem's first job was at GC and C Group of Companies as Administrative Staff for 10 months and is currently an HR Assistant at HEM Tower Solution Inc., a Manpower Agency. She is also pursuing her Masters Degree in Psychology at USLS-Bacolod.

Philip "Ping" entered SFAS as a Preparatory student and became a TF scholar on his 2nd Grade until High School.  His sponsors were William and Joanne Serelis.  He graduated in 2011 and was awarded the Captain Gregorio S. Oca College Scholarship Grant by Tapulanga Foundation.  He entered seminary at Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross in Silay City for 2 years then transferred to Pollatinne Seminary in Barangay Bata in Bacolod City.  He is now on his graduating year studying Philosophy at the Sacred Heart Missionary in Bacolod. Phil is praying to continue the 2-year Novitiate, then 3 years of Theology and finally Ordination to become a full-pledged Priest. 

Their parents are managing their own food "carinderia" business  and Jem is also helping them out financially as Phil is about to graduate from the seminary.  Jem and Phil are the pride of their parents and of Tapulanga Foundation for they are helping each other and doing what they love to do. 

Jem, second from the left, with colleagues at HEM Tower Solution Inc.

"First, I am thankful for the Catholic foundation that SFAS has cultivated in us (me and my brother, Philip.) It has greatly helped us become the persons we are right now.  I am thankful to Ms. Mic for believing in me and for continuing my scholarship and my brother's scholarship until college. I am also thankful to Sir JR and Ms. Ging for their emotional support back when I was in high school; to our parents, for letting us explore our skills and capabilities and for trusting us in our decision-making. Lastly and most importantly to our Lord. Looking back where I am standing right now, I can see that He has spun my life's thread beautifully. He has given me people to help us and support us in a lot of ways. Now, I strive hard to help my family and be able to give back to the school."  Jeremy 

Ping, first on the left first row, during the inauguration of the First Pallottine Missionary House 
in Bacolod and welcoming of the Pallottine Missionaries here in the Philippines

At Sacred Heart Seminary School of Philosophy

"My dream of becoming a priest started during my days in SFAS. I believe that God has planted in me a wonderful vocation of full service through priesthood. I will always thank Ms. Melit Gustilo, my former CLE teacher for years. She was the one who taught us how a true Christian should be, to be a person of hope, faith and charity. She was the key to my acquaintance of God's love, that made me realized that I also must share that same love of God to others. And all the staff of SFAS, especially my teachers in elementary and high school. Some of them have become my close friends, mentors, and guide. Sir JR Abello, my CLE and Economics teacher when I was in high school, and my adviser during my third year in high school. All the things I learned from Ms. Melit, he concreted. I was inspired more when he allowed us to visit the different faiths, those people of good will that are not Catholic Christians. Lastly, the Tapulanga Foundation. I was never any academic person. I didn't excel in studies, but Ms. Mic always trusted me. And giving me the opportunity to become her college grant is the big manifestation of her support and trust in me." Philip

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