Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Memorable Visit for the Lerma Family

The Lerma family visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City last February 8 and met their scholars for the first time.  Benjie and wife, Aileen, with kids, Nate and Mandy, got to know their scholars, Trisha Villanueva (Grade 3) and Kier Vincent Barnueveo (Grade 5).  Benjie and Aileen have been dedicated sponsors since 2011. 

The Lerma family with their scholars (from front L-R: Kier Barnuevo, Trisha Villanueva,
Aaron Manjero, Renato Sadio, Jr. and Aleah Hechanova)

They also met their additional scholars for the next school year, Aleah Hechanova and Renato Sadio, Jr., both incoming Pre-Kindergarten students.  They also met Aron Manjero who is the scholar of Mrs. Ditas Lerma (mother of Benjie) who will also start Pre-Kindgarten in June 2016.  Each of the scholars happily received a gift from the Lerma family!  

To the Lerma family, thank you so much for your continued support and giving these children the chance to have a better life!

Our visit was very memorable.  My wife, children and I were really looking forward to meeting our scholars face to face for the first time.  It provided us the perfect opportunity to congratulate Kier Vincent and Trisha on a job well done.  We are really proud of how well they are doing in school and we hope that they continue to work hard until they graduate.  The visit also gave us a chance to meet our new scholars, Inday and Axel, as well as my mom's scholar, Ron Ron. We hope they will do well in school too.

The campus tour and the introductions to school personnel and students gave us an in depth look into the operations of the school.  Needless to say, we were very impressed.  

Our visit only strengthened our resolve to keep supporting our scholars and the school.

We look forward to visiting the campus and our scholars again in the future.   by Benjie Lerma

Friday, February 12, 2016

A New Year Visit!

On the first day of school after the holiday vacation, TF donors Ben Prince, Eric Yulo and Raffy Garcia visited St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City and met their scholars for the first time. They got to know their scholars and toured the school campus.

Ben Prince with scholar, Jazzy Eguid (Grade 1) and
Eric Yulo with scholar, Claire Marie Deriada (Grade 7)

Raffy Garcia with scholar, Angelika Garcia (Grade 8)

With Eric's mother, Mrs. Ana Yulo
Ben and Eric have been sponsoring a child to school since 2009 while Raffy started in 2013 and chose his scholar during the 60 Scholars in 30 Days Challenge.

"Eric and I sponsor a couple of scholars there via this great organization called Tapulanga Foundation, and we got to meet our scholars, so that was cool. Mine's in first grade and very shy, but adorably photogenic!" by Ben Prince

"We had a great time visiting St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City. I was very impressed with everything— from the well behaved students to the expansion programs currently underway. It was also a pleasure to meet my scholar Claire and Principal JR. Thank you for a delightful tour." by Eric Yulo

"I feel glad to have met Angelika in person. She seems like a sweet and level headed kid. Just exactly like the optimism I sense in her when I see her pictures and read her Christmas cards. I guess she's obviously enjoying being in school. Just shows how a good education could do so much for someone who really wants it too. It's really admirable what Tapulanga Foundation has been doing for these kids; to continually do this earnest and industrious effort from the heart so as to have an effect on someone's future. And I'm very happy to be a part of this endeavor, in whatever way that I can." by Raffy Garcia