This statement is in response to the many enquiries we have received in relation to the six year old boy who was subjected to ridicule and humiliation on the primetime show ‘Willing Willie’ on TV5.
By: John Lawrence Carandang
Late Bro. Rafael Donato’s ‘Golfing for Education’ advocacy keeps on burning as it reaped P1M for the benefits of FSLE scholars during the 8th BRAFE Golf Tournament at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club, October 7.
On BRAFE’s 8th year of golfing, professional and amateur golfers around the Philippines convened in the green field for a golden mission on education. This annual event had raised funds for providing free Lasallian college education for financially-challenged but academically qualified students in De La Salle Lipa.
As of this year, FSLE has 31 scholars coming from engineering, business management, accountancy, arts and sciences programs. These scholars are enjoying 100% free on tuition and miscellaneous fees as managed and supervised by the Lasallian Assistance Management Program (LAMP).
Scholars were present during the awarding ceremony of the said tournament whereas they proudly introduced themselves to the crowd of golfers. FSLE alumni Benny Mart HIwatig and Kate Laya who both beneficiaries of BRAFE 1 and 4 respectively were also present and introduced their present career status.
Moreover, the FSLE scholars under the supervision of Mr. Henson Ola, LAMP Manager, Jhing Miñas and Ena Castillo, LAMP Staff extended their deepest gratitude to the BRAFE core group for their unending support to the foundation. The core group composes of Albert Garcia, Bong Africa, Edmund Datuin, Albert Virata de los Santos, Gene Garcia, Ben Jacinto and Ting Yupangco.
Amounting to P 1,000,000 check was formally endowed to the FSLE group headed by Ms. Caress Banson, President of FSLE and accompanied by Br. Kenneth Martinez, President of De La Salle Lipa.
After the day of the tournament, Gil Noriel Ceniza, 4th year BS Accountancy and one of the BRAFE 5 beneficiaries uttered the words of realizations. He said that “FSLE and BRAFE have given me the opportunity to pursue the career of my own choice. Through their compassion and generosity, I have been granted the chance of studying in an institution which not only provides quality education, but enhances student's personality as well. With all these privileges given to me, I have learned to treasure each and every opportunity coming my way. I have learned to value my education more, which intensifies my utmost desire to attain all my goals in life. That, I believe, is the greatest impact FSLE and BRAFE has brought into my life and into pursuing my dreams.”