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The sponsors of the four scholars of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc who have graduated in college this year received awards during the Pista sa Maynila celebration last July 13 at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse.

The awardees were: Mr. Reynaldo F. Labrador, the sponsor of Cesar Gacosta who graduated in Computer Science; Retired Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno who sponsored Marlon Rabulan who finished Electrical Engineering; former Mabitac, Laguna Mayor Bernardo R. Sayarot, the benefactor of Lea Balderama, a graduate in Architectural Drafting; and Mr. Martin G. Halum, the sponsor of Salvacion Gardon who graduated in Elementary Education.

The awards were in recognition of their wholehearted support to the Scholarship Program of the association thereby giving the Buluseño youths the opportunity to acquire higher level of education and hope for a brighter future.  It also states that their benevolence is very laudable and worthy of emulation by others so that more professionals can emerge from the ranks of the poor.

While all the scholars and their guardians were there to present the plaques to their sponsors, only Mr. Labrador and Gen. Fortuno were around.  The members of the late Mayor Sayarot’s family who were invited to receive the Posthumous Award for him were not present.  But, according to DBI President Rogelio F. Fuentes, it is understandable that they may not come as the family was still still extra cautious in going to places for the prime suspects in the murder of the late Mayor and his trusted man, Gabriel “Gamby’ Fuentes, a Buluseño, are still at large.  The plaque was personally delivered by Mr. Fuentes to the Sayarot home at Valle Verde in Pasig City.

Mr. Halum could not come; he resides in the United States.


Vol. XV No.8 (June - August 2003)

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