MANILA, Philippines - BDO Foundation turned over a new one-storey four-classroom schoolbuilding to Banisil National High School in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City.
The school building, built in partnership with SM Prime Holdings thru SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) under the aegis of the Department of Education's Adopt-a-School Program, helps address the shortage in public school buildings.
Funds from this project were generated from the Share Gift Check Project, a donation gift check product available in BDO branches which interested donors can purchase and be given to any of three advocacies sponsored by BDOF: shelter, healthcare and education.
Jesus G. Tirona, BDO Foundation trustees and BDO Unibank adviser to the board of directors, Maureen C. Abelardo, BDO Foundation president and trustee, together with SMFI Linda Atayde, were present during the turnover ceremonies. Mayor Darlene Antonino- Custodio of General Santos City was guest of honor.
Top Students Join AmCham Program
The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham) has selected 30 students from across the Philippines to participate in its Business Orientation Program 2012 (BOP 2012) on April 14 to 21.
The AmCham BOP offers the country's 'best of the best' undergraduate students the opportunity to gain new understanding of key global business and economic issues through exclusive company visits and in-depth discussions with senior executives of local multinational companies. Twenty of the 30 students are from Luzon, while five are from Visayas and the remaining five from Mindanao.
They are James Nicolas Cruz, Ray Philip Pine, Francine Nicole Supetran and Katrina Elise Tiu from Ateneo De Manila University; Wendelynn Ang of De La Salle - College of St. Benilde; Ricardo Alfonso Miguel Caballero and Hazel Valerie Sy of De La Salle University; Alexi Gedang of Enderun College; Florante Galura of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; Josemari Lorenzo Valdez of University of Asia & The Pacific; Lei Martheen Dela Cruz, Alfred Francis Gallegos, Ancilla Marie Innocencio and Raymond Nhil Shappit of the University of the Philippines - Diliman; Marymon Severina Florendo and Ludel Maiello Mier of Ateneo de Naga University; Karen Kay Caranza of University of Nueva Caceres; Charisse Aquisay of Saint Louis University; Riza Mae Grace Sevilla of University of Baguio; Juluis Macaraig of Enverga University; Albert Jan Matthew Java of Central Philippine University; Gelianne Kristy Esteron of University of St. La Salle, Bacolod; Miguel Angelo Naldo, Galileo Gene Robin and Vanessa Bea Hinoguin from Silliman University; Zillah Joanne Gallardo of Ateneo Davao; Tyrone Stevenson Chua of Ateneo de Zamboanga; Mohammad Hathimin Mahdali and Halim Noor of Mindanao State University; and Karizze Maglacion of Xavier University.
The AmCham BOP 2012 coincides with the Chamber's 110th anniversary celebration.
Prof/journalist advises grads to honor their roots
University associate professor and journalist Honor Blanco Cabie called on high school and college graduates at graduation rites at Child Jesus College of Caloocan City to honor their roots and be just to everyone.
"If schooling were a drama, you have just completed Act 1 and are about to hit the stage for Act 2," said Cabie, book author and active student leader during his college years at San Beda College.
He recalled the story about a turtle which, despite its very careful and therefore slow pace, "sticks its neck out as it continues inching forward in search of a comfort zone ahead. That brand of determination is something I see on your faces, a determination that speaks volumes which define your manners and demeanor."
Cabie, who won the Tawid Award for Journalism in 1990 for his brand of literary journalism, urged graduates to contribute in helping create an identity for themselves that will be their mark in society. He also asked them to be constant and steadfast in adhering to the ideals of their school and to always be in their best behavior.