|The Desktop Computer|
Even if the road is so rough, it will not stop us to become “men for others”.
Xavier University High School Batch 1984, Adopt a School Project.
The project was initially brought out by Mr. Cesar Sabud, a batch mate during the 2011 Alumni Homecoming.
Mr. Sabud told us the story about the present condition of the Kimanait National High School where he is presently teaching. He told us about the primary concern of the said School, which is the lack of books in the library. In short, the story of Mr. Sabud drew much attention among the batch mates, which in turn, the rest of us had expressed full support in extending a helping hand to the students of Kimanait National High School.
|The representative of Batch
84 at Kimanait National High School.
Left to Right : Camilo Uy, Patrick Dy, Cesar Sabud, Wilfredo Salmo,
OIC/Principal Mrs. Myrna Sabado Lactaotao,
Dr. Roger Viajar, Bonzenti Panganiban and Almario Bala.
Father Sonny Barana, our former teacher, was there with us during the Alumni Homecoming. He was touched by the present situation of the library in the said school, wherein he trooped with the Batch 84 group to visit and donated tools needed for the school last December 16, 2011, before he returned to the United States.
Fr. Sonny is still willing to support the project. In fact, he encouraged us to continue the project and monitoring it closely, as of this writing.
The Project :
The "Adopt a School" Project, was conceptualized by Mr. Wilfredo Salmo and Dr. Roger Viajar. It has drawn an overwhelming support from the rest of the batch mates here in the Philippines, as well as those who now lived in the United States and other parts of the Globe.
Mindanao Library Materials Project :
The Mindanao Library Materials Project was conceptualized by both Camilo Uy and Fr. Sonny Barana, when they visited the PLMP Foundation Office and learned that the said foundation is serving Colleges and Universities only.
Maschada Meals :
It was a mutual understanding among all of us, that our common meeting place would be the Maschada Meals.
Maschada Meals is a corporation among some of the batch mates and started its business operation sometime in early 2000. It is located near the Limketkai Complex and this is the usual common meeting place mostly of the batch mates, where various meetings were held, may it either be business, batch’s sponsored projects, sports and recreation, operation “Tabang” for Typhon "Sendong" victims and other business that make the batch interact with each other.
Also, the place where some of the batch mates, did the packaging of all the donations intended for "Adopt a School" Project.
Day of the Delivery of Donations :
Last June 16, 2012, that was Saturday, the group’s representative composed of Almario Bala, Patrick Dy, Camilo Uy, the author, led by Dr. Roger Viajar and Mr. Wilfredo Salmo who volunteered to drive his own L300 Mitsubishi Van to haul the boxes of donations, such as backpacks, school supplies, books and a 1-unit Desktop Computer, from Cagayan de Oro to Kimanait, Pangantucan, Bukidnon.
They woke-up at 2:00 a.m. and started the journey at 4:00 a.m. They took their breakfast together with the author at Malaybalay City, Bukidnon at almost 7 a.m. and started to roll again at 8:00 a.m.
We braved the road of Bukidnon, fetched up Cesar Sabud and the School Principal’s representative or the Officer-in-Charge at Don Carlos, until we finally reached the school at around 11:30 a.m.
We unloaded all the boxes of donations and other school stuffs at their library and we were greeted with sincere smiles of some students who were overjoyed with the stuffs that we'd brought for them.
|Dr. Roger Viajar, with joy in his heart |
while carrying a box of books
Photo Courtesy : Camilo Uy
Our tiredness due to long travel and lack of sleep were gone upon seeing their sincere, angelic and innocent smiles. We were also elated seeing them eager and happy in reading the books and hearing their laughter of joy.
In this sense, even if the road is so rough, the place is so far and to endure 8 hours of long travel, whatever profession that we have, no one will stop us to extend our lending hand and know the true meaning on how to become “men for others”.
The Simple Turn-over ceremony