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CELESTE G. FREO, a scholar of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. graduated Cum Laude
with a BSE degree last March 26 from the Bicol University (BU) in Legaspi City.
Celeste, of Barangay Mabuhay, Bulusan, is the third scholar of the
association through its Scholarship Through Sponsorship Program to graduate with
such scholastic honors.
The first was Carmelita Borja of Barangay San Bernardo, Bulusan who
graduated in B.S. Psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
(PUP) in Manila several years ago. The
second was Ma. Cecilia G. Dineros of Barangay Sapngan, Bulusan who finished her
course in education two years ago.
Celeste was a valedictorian when she graduated in high school in the year
2000 from then Jose S. Reyes Memorial Institute (JSRMI) in Bulusan town proper.
Realizing that her widowed mother would not be able to send her to
college due to extreme poverty, this petite young lady immediately applied for a
scholarship grant from the DBI.
Knowing the family’s predicament and Celeste’s willingness to pursue
her career to become a teacher, the association exerted all efforts to find a
sponsor for her. Luckily, Mr. Alejo O. Dy, a businessman from Isabela but based
in Metro-Manila offered himself to be her benefactor.
He felt elated when he was informed that Celeste would be graduating Cum
Laude when he received the invitation to the graduation ceremonies from her. He
said, “if only Legaspi City is but a few kilometers from Metro-Manila, (he)
would surely attend it to personally congratulate Celeste.”
Celeste is the 26th scholar
of DBI to graduate in college. Three
more are expected to finish their courses soon.
Another scholar, Randy Labong, may enroll this coming school year but it
will be a one-year scholarship only for him to finish his fifth and last year in
Mechanical Engineering at the Bicol University. Randy was already in fourth year
but had to stop schooling when his father died.
He went to Manila to work and save so he could finish his course.
When he met a former classmate in high school who is currently working
for the Gazette, he was accompanied to the Knights fo Columbus Clubhouse where
the mass for the Buluseños is held. His
case was referred to the Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. for possible assistance. He was advised to send a letter to the association which was
later on published in this Gazette. His
appeal reached Mr. Martin G. Halum whose scholar, Salvacion Gardon, was about to
finish her degree in education then.
Through Damayan-Buluseño, Inc., Mr. Halum offered to sponsor his
one-year study but his allowance will not have to be coursed through DBI
anymore. To make it easier for
Randy, his allowance will be given to him by Dr. Oscar S. Halum in Bulusan.
Randy will be the last scholar under the Scholarship Through Sponsorship
Program of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. Starting
school year 2004-2005, the scholarship program will be undertaken by the
Damayan-Buluseño Foundation, Inc.
Vol. XVI No.2 (March - April 2004)
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