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Lasallians in Hong Kong welcome graduation of its first four scholars

| March 31, 2015

 

Congratulations DLSAA HK Chapter ANHS Scholars!  (Left to right)  Rheal D. Dayrit, ANHS Principal Cedrick C. Abines Jessel A. Plazuela Adrian C. Desear Cathy Yang and Edward B. Mitra.

Congratulations DLSAA HK Chapter ANHS Scholars! (Left to right) Rheal D. Dayrit, ANHS Principal Cedrick C. Abines Jessel A. Plazuela Adrian C. Desear Cathy Yang and Edward B. Mitra.

In what is milestone event for the De La Salle Alumni Association – Hong Kong Chapter (DLSAA HK Chapter), the 150-plus strong group’s first four scholars at the Adult Night High School of La Salle Green Hills graduate with Lasallian diplomas.

In a ceremony held at the St. Benilde Gym on March 20th attended by DLSAA HK Chapter President Cathy Yang, four of the group’s eight scholars, supported by a portion of the proceeds raised by the DLSAA HK Chapter’s fundraisers in Hong Kong, walked up the stage to receive their Lasallian diplomas, in an event befitting of a typical Lasallian commencement exercise.

Adrian C. Desear receives his Lasallian diploma on March 20th in the ANHS Commencement Exercise at St. Benilde Gym.

Adrian C. Desear receives his Lasallian diploma on March 20th in the ANHS Commencement Exercise at St. Benilde Gym.

“On behalf of the DLSAA HK Chapter, we wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our four graduates, namely Adrian C. Desear, Cedrick C. Abines, Edward Leo B.Mitra and Jessel A. Plazuela,” says Yang.  “We are very thankful of the opportunity to help them finish high school.  We wish to thank all our donors in Hong Kong.  Through your help, we are changing lives one person at a time through education.”

Twenty-two-year-old Mr. Abines reaped two medals for his exemplary contributions in the field of computer:  one silver (individual) and one gold (organizational).  The future engineer wishes to pursue further studies in college.  He has previously taken on casual jobs as house painter and construction worker, and wants to help his mom, a canteen cashier, who raised him up all on her own. He is father to a one-year-five-month-old child.

Twenty-three year-old Mr. Plazuela meanwhile also dreams of securing a college degree, but wants to first take on a technical-vocational course and find a job soon and help his parents, both household helpers.  In spite of his meager takings as a waiter and bookstore helper, he still manages to help support his younger brother.

“Salamat sa pag-aalala sa tulad naming kapos sa pinansyal,” wrote Mr Plazuela in a handwritten letter addressed to Yang.  “Kinakailangan pa naming maglakad mula sa bahay papuntang paaralan upang makapag-aral.  Minsan sa sobrang kakapusan ay minsan na isipan kong huminto na lamang sa pag-aaral ngunit sa ibinigay ninyong opportunity sa amin ay lalo pa naming pinagsikapan upang hindi masayang ang scholar na ibinigay ninyo sa amin.”  Mr. Plazuela used to walk to school for an hour from Rosario, Pasig to LSGH in Mandaluyong, five to six times a week, due to lack of transport money.

DLSAA HK Chapter ANHS scholar

DLSAA HK Chapter ANHS scholar

The lack of transport money among underprivileged students enrolled at the ANHS has been identified as a key reason for the steep number of drop-outs during the school year.  The DLSAA HK Chapter has helped stem the number of drop-outs, since it began its scholarship program with the ANHS in June 2013.

Twenty-three-year-old Mr Desear, who earns by selling lugaw and burgers by day to help with the family expenses, plans to take Automotive Servicing after he graduates in March.  The eldest in the family, Adrian has been the only one able to carry on with his studies now amid financial difficulties.    While 25-year-old Mr Mitra plans to take up driving to be able to help his mom, a government worker.  His dad passed away on June 2013 just as he had been selected as DLSAA HK scholar.

Yang invites everyone to spread the word about the Lasallian high school education on offer at the ANHS in La Salle Green Hills.

“If you have friends or family who are at least 16 years old and want to pursue their high school studies for Php325 (HK$58 or US$7.50) subsidized tuition for the full year, encourage them to enroll at the ANHS.”

The DLSA HK Chapter, which also supports distressed migrant workers in Hong Kong and the relief and rebuild of communities in the Philippines stricken by typhoons, is also inviting all Lasallians living and working in Hong Kong to join their growing, dynamic family.  No membership fee required.  Please email dlsaahkofficers@google.com.

Editor’s note: the above article was contributed by the De La Salle Alumni Association – Hong Kong Chapter (DLSAA HK Chapter)

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