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“How many of you here are thinking about going into the field of medicine? Oh, perhaps to become a doctor, a dentist, a gerontologist, podiatrist, ophthalmologist, neurologist… there are many fields in medicine,” the day’s speaker opened her presentation. Not very many hands went up.

For these poor kids, doctor of medicine is a lofty profession. It costs money to attend medical school and it takes many, many years of study. It means endless hours of study, research, passing the board and licensing exams. Then there is residence time, apprenticeships, internships. To open up a clinic you need expensive equipment – modern enough to use today’s technology and software.

Medicine is for the rich and wealthy. The room became quiet as a tomb.

Unfazed by the silence, the guest presenter continued, “How many of you have ever heard of Chiropractic? Or have visited a chiropractor? You know, like when you have a neck ache, or a severe back ache? Anybody?”

No hands went up.

“Okay then,” she continued. “I’ll share with you an overview of Chiropractic – not chiropractic medicine, mind you. Just chiropractic.” The guest presenter thought for a moment… my kind of crowd.

“When I studied at Emory University I visited a chiropractor’s office in Lawrenceville. Very excellent clinic with a friendly and competent staff. I was so impressed I aspired to emulate that kind of practice.”

She projected the following chart on the screen and talked about the points at great length.

diff_largeThe room buzzed with side comments. Some hands went up. Questions were asked. There was mounting interest.

“Yes,” the presenter pointed at a student in the back. “Do you have a question?”

“This looks like an interesting program,” said a young athletic looking man. “What are the prerequisites? I mean, what does it take to study chiropractic?”

“Well, do you feel good when you help another person deal with a problem?” she asked. “Because in chiropractic, we see and treat the person as a whole – not just body parts.”

Laughter erupted in the room.

“I want some of that,” exclaimed an excited girl with braided hair. She looked like orphan Annie with black hair.

“Some of what?” replied the presenter. There was palpable interest.

“My grandfather complains a lot about back pain,” announced a high school senior. “Maybe I can do something about it using chiropractic…”

The presentation ended with some students surrounding the presenter and asking her questions.

Oldies but Goodies


BreakTWOCRPDOur students listen to all kinds of music. They enjoy singing and participating in glee club type singing events. During the July meeting attended by the President, Leonardjon L Buenavista and the VP of Field Ops, Albert Bunoan, they had group singing during their breaks. Leonardjon played guitar and Albert led the group.

To their amazement, some of the songs the group enjoyed were the oldies but goodies songs. Songs of the 50’s. Who would believe they knew songs like, “Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley and “Puppy Love” by Paul Anka? And how about Both Leonardjon and Albert were pleasantly surprised.

A SAS Ai board member, Tina, who lives in Toronto, Canada and who has since retired from her government job was there in Tagudin vacationing at the same time the meeting with the scholars was held. She came by and attended the meeting, staying to visit with both Albert and Leonardjon afterward. She commented she also liked the Oldies but Goodies because the songs are melodic and easy to sing.

In the conversation Tina recalled attending the wedding of a dear colleague’s son, Jim – whom Albert and Leonardjon knew.

“And how did that go?” asked Albert. Jim was his classmate at SAS. “And who did ole Jimbo marry?”

“The band that played the wedding was the thing. I mean they were good,” Tina beamed. “A friend suggested they Google  Wedding Band Toronto (search engine prompts) and voilà! These guys were outright fabulous.”

“Did they play Unchained Melody?” Leonardjon interjected. “That’s one of my favorites.”

“Oh yes!” Tina replied. “Many people who attended the wedding commented positively and gave them high marks. They couldn’t stop singing with the band… it was something.”

Sounds like we’ll have to pay Tina a special visit in Toronto. Who knows? We might get lucky and listen to this Toronto Wedding Band.

“We Gave Them Everything. . .”


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Masonry is hard backbreaking work.

Parents, at some point, lament their having been so doting, caring, and overly giving to their kids. Specially when things go awry. Their child gradually turns deaf, steadily becomes belligerent, goes wild and joins the tattooed, chain and stud-adorned masses. What went wrong?

Psychologists write volumes on human behavioral case studies, on human bowling balls hitting the gutters, on dysfunctional families. They write, analyze and endlessly discuss humans gone bad and enmeshed in hopeless situations.

Our case is simple enough. The parents work tirelessly. For those who are fortunate, Grandma and Grandpa help babysit. In most cases, the kids come home to an empty dwelling. Towards the end of the day, the parents come home from work, dragging, tired, hungry, irritable, angry at what happened at the plant, office, or ward. They eat in silence too tired to converse. After a beer and some TV they crash.

After her husband died, she suffered a severe stroke

Operating a small cafeteria is just as demanding.

Meanwhile, the child’s sequestered in his or her bedroom, playing Nintendo, Xbox, or Smartphone, laptop or any Internet capable gadget. They’re into texting, sexting, nexting, whatever. Heaven only knows what sort of pornography the child accesses.

In school there’s bad company. The kid feels no self-worth. Feeling worthless, wimpy and below par, the kid invites rough treatment from other students. The wish to belong and to be accepted mounts. The kid wants to be cool. His parents don’t and can’t give this brand of coolness – but some kids in school can. The kid gravitates towards the vortex of cool and gets sucked in. Bad company, bad habits, vices, addictions. . . even glorified promiscuity and the lack of regard for authority. Immorality, depravity, and sexual perversions come next, heavily accented by failing grades.

The parents throw up their hands and despondently cry out, “We gave them everything… we slaved and toiled so they could have everything we never had. And now this?”

Melanie gifts

At SAS Ai we look after the welfare of our students.

At SAS Ai, our Field Operations Team looks after the welfare of our students. We make no room for bad attitudes. We stop such unwanted seeds from germinating. We acknowledge our students for their hard work in school, and we recognize them for their good grades, exemplary behavior, and academic progress. We promote a positive attitude, gratefulness and good citizenship.

At SAS Ai we ask our students to help their parents with their chores at home in addition to their rigorous homework studies. We inspire them to collaborate, coöperate, and work as a team.

We offer mentoring, coaching, and encourage group study sessions. We believe in our students being tech savvy. We offer Virtual Classroom activities, Internet Cafe for research and electronic mail.

Entertainment Break


President with scholars July 5 011The meeting went on tightly following the agenda and schedule. Students wrote their expectations on the whiteboard. They then discussed how they intended to achieve those expectations. The group attentively took part in all the discussions, coming up with ideas and suggestions. One such suggestion was “peer help”. Students who lived in the same Barangay can have mutual access arrangements among themselves for peer help.

Currently, the organization has two laptop computers for the students, one donated by a generous supporter and the other purchased by a board member who prefers to remain anonymous. The kids can get access to the Internet, work on the SAS Ai virtual classroom activities and process electronic mail. This in addition to their computer lab courses in school.

At this particular July 2014 meeting, President & CEO, Mr Buenavista himself entertained the group during the breaks, playing guitar and leading in the sing-along. Some of the more outgoing students sang solos and their favorite tunes.

Students meet with President & CEO


PresidentJULscholarsCRPDLast July, President & CEO, Mr Leonardjon L Buenavista took a special trip to the Philippines to meet with the students who take part in the SAS Ai financial aid program. Mr Buenavista paid for his own trip and expenses. SAS Ai gave no funds to help defray the cost of his visit.

For the benefit of our donors and supporters, we want to state this upfront to reinforce our statement that we do not have any administrative costs connected with our financial aid program.

The meeting agenda included topics on leadership, teamwork, peer-to-peer help, group study, and participation in the Virtual Classroom activities. By all accounts, everybody had a great time. The meeting enhanced camaraderie among the students and provided student access to SAS Ai’s officers. Field Operations VP, Albert D Bunoan helped set up and conduct the meeting.

News from our Graduates


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Arthien Lovell Pelingen

It’s always great to hear from our graduates.

We heard from Arthien Lovell Pelingen. He is doing well in his pursuits. He is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science Program, Biology Major at the nation’s most prestigious college –  the University of the Philippines on a full scholarship grant. Arthien graduated high school, class salutatorian.

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Nesza Queen Camonas

 

 

We also heard that Nesza Queen Camonas is attending MAPUA Institute of Technology pursuing a degree in Engineering. All is well, she tells us.

 

Jessa Lagrana Lastimosa

Jessa Lagrana Lastimosa

 

Meanwhile, Jessa Lagrana Lastimosa was at St Louis University in Baguio City, pursuing a BS degree in Pharmacy. We believe she is currently interning at Bethany Hospital.

SAS Batch 80 and Batch 81


Our VP of Sales & Marketing, Melanie P Florentino filed this report:

SAS Batch 80 and SAS Batch 81

SAS Batch 80 and SAS Batch 81

Dear SAS Ai Family,

Here’s hoping all is well with you.
Please be informed that the campaign for Batch ’80 to support the “$10 dollar allotment per month for scholarship funding” is ongoing since its launch last summer (May 2014). The response is kinda slow but it’s moving nonetheless and gaining momentum.Smile
As of yesterday, Elizabeth dela Cruz (based in Winnipeg Canada) remitted PhP 4,000 pesos to my bank account which I have withdrawn and deposited to Albert’s PNB account earlier today. The amount represents her first initial support to the campaign.
Ramon Octavo (also in Canada) informed me a few days ago that he will send his donation at the end of this month. He also mentioned that he started talking to other batch-mates in Canada and hopes are high that they will join the fray. God willing.
Just for accounting purposes of remittances to Albert’s PNB account between May and July 2014.
Annie (80) and Joey (81) – PhP 4300
Digno Follosco (81) – PhP 6,000
Elizabeth dela Cruz (80) – PhP 4,000
Not much really so we need to work harder.
Thanks and warmest regards,
Melanie