Josebelle Delgado, 19 years old, of Barangka Ibaba, Mandaluyong City graduated Magna Cum Laude in BS Statistics at the Rizal Technological University last April 22, 2015, with an average of 1.31. In 2011, Josebelle, then a gangly 15 year old was accompanied by her mother to apply for a college scholarship through the SSAP JPIC Scholarship Program. She wanted to study in Assumption College. Josebelle’s high school academic performance was outstanding but the Scholarship Program did not have the funds to cover a four-year college course. Then Chairperson Carmen Bautista wrote parishioner Mary Rose Moreno seeking her assistance to sponsor Josebelle’s college tuition. It was agreed that tuition payments shall be released on a semestral basis, depending on the scholar’s performance. Upon her graduation, Josebelle wrote her sponsor, Mrs. Moreno, thanking her for the financial help in her tuition, food and transportation expenses, allowing her to earn a college degree.
She is the youngest in a family of five children, whose parents, both elementary undergraduates, separated when she was nine years old. Her father has a second family and does not give regular support while her mother, a breast and cervical cancer survivor, works as a part-time sewer and community volunteer with a meager income.
Despite her hectic school demands, Josebelle was an exemplary leader among her fellow scholars and “ecological volunteer” at the Luneta during the visit of Pope Francis, overseeing the cleanliness of the surroundings. In her free time, she is helping the SSAP JPIC Scholarship Program through Mrs. Jackie Macasias, JPIC Socio-Pastoral Worker to design and update the scholars’ data base for determining current addresses, employment status, accomplishments, needs/problems, etc. of scholar graduates to assess the success of the Scholarship Program and envision its future goals.
Josebelle garnered the coveted “Senator Manny Villar Excellence Award” for attaining the highest grade in Rizal Technological University’s Batch 2015. She was also one of the “Ten Most Outstanding Students, 5th rank, through her academic performance and exta-curricular activities and the recipient of the “Academic Scholar Graduate Award” for being in the Dean’s List for 8 consecutive semesters.
Reyaluz Maquiniana graduated Cum Laude, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Emilio Aguinaldo University, and awarded “Most Outstanding Practicumer of Emilio Aguinaldo College.” She was in her third year in college when her father died of stroke while working in Saudi Arabia. To augment the family income, her mother works as a barbecue vendor at Tejeros Bliss in Makati where they reside. While still a student, Reyaluz participated in the National Food Showdown 2012 Competition sponsored by ABS-CBN at the World Trade Center and won Silver Medal, “Creative Cake Decoration” category.
Hampered by financial constraints but with a firm determination to graduate, Reyaluz submitted a referral letter from her parish priest to the SSAP seeking a scholarship for her last year in college.
Reyaluz had risen from contractual worker to probationary rank and is now a regular employee in Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City working as Line Chef. Added to her list of responsibilities is to serve as “opening team” member tasked to train the staff of their sister hotels, Le Monet Hotel in Baguio City and Hotel Luna in Vigan, Ilocos, ensuring utmost guest satisfaction to their brand of service.
The SSAP-JPIC SCHOlarship Committee / JRC
The Santuario de San Antonio JPIC SCHOlarship Program is THANKFUL for the continuing help and support of our parishioners and churchgoers, and WELCOME DONATIONS of any amount, at any time of the year.
Checks may be made out to SSAP FOUNDATION, INC / FAO – JPIC SCHOlarship.
For inquiries and donations please contact JPIC Socio-Pastoral Worker Ms. Jackie in the Santuario de San Antonio Parish office – 843-8830 Extension 4.
Thank you and may the Good Lord and the Blessed Mother continue to bless and keep your families!
The SSAP-JPIC SCHOlarship Committee / MVR