The Martinez Sisters Support SAS Ai’s Mission

Two Sisters

Yolly Martinez-Tobias and her sister Gilda Martinez-Ancheta

(Elizabeth Somera-Fajardo submitted the following story during the 2010 SAS Centennial celebration in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Philippines)

St Augustine School Alumni International, Inc.’s (SAS Ai, Inc.) mission is to help bright and promising students who come from poor families get a good high school education at SAS through financial help. A cause worthy of backing, many supporters come forward to make generous donations to the scholarship fund. Two sisters, Yolly Martinez-Tobias and Gilda Martinez- Ancheta support SAS Ai’s mission through their generous donations.

Gilda graduated from SAS in 1968 while Yolly graduated from SAS in 1973. Both are members of St Augustine School Alumni International (SAS Ai).

Gilda Martinez-Ancheta and her family live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Yolly Martinez-Tobias and her family live in metro-Manila, Philippines. They both have good memories of their school days at SAS. At the 2010 SAS Centennial celebration, Gilda and Yolly relived with their batch-mates those school days gone by.

Born and raised in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, Gilda and Yolly grew up in an upper class family environment. As growing youngsters they saw and are familiar with the local “clogged-drip-clogged-cashflow” economy and the harshness of unemployment. The people wanted to work; there were no jobs to be had. People survive hand-to-mouth, or as they say in the local vernacular, “scratch and peck”.

Short of foraging in the wild people get by with one to two meals a day. Mostly carbohydrates and root crops. The exception to this typical abject poverty scenario comes from family members working overseas helping out. The care packages they send home help to augment and supplement food supplies and staples.

These poor families have bright kids who can only dream of attending SAS high school. SAS is the premier high school in the province of Ilocos Sur. Well established SAS celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2010. Through her portals passed many graduates who went on to become successful professionals in their own fields.

Gilda and Yolly exemplify SAS Alumni excellence, successfully raising their own families and doing very well in their professional careers. We thank both Gilda and Yolly for their continuing support of the SAS Ai scholarship program.



You Just Don’t Know. . .

Father Daughter at Graduation

Mr Legaspina pins the honor ribbon awarded his daughter, SAS Ai scholar, Melvie Legaspina

One of our scholars, Melvie Legaspina penned this short tribute to all our sponsors who support SAS Ai’s mission to help these bright kids get a high school education.

“To all our sponsors who support us,

You just don’t know how greatly you impact our lives with your generosity and kindness. You inspire us with your selfless giving. You encourage us with your example of hard work and high achievement. Successful in your own fields, we aspire to be the same as you someday. We thank you.

Your constructive criticism, given in good faith hurts at first, but only a little. Then slowly we realize the value of your teaching and we gain in our experience. In school we strive hard to pass every test, to learn our lessons well and to become the best at what we do. Yet all our dreams and desires to improve our lives would be for naught if not for your help.

We thank you for being our role models and second parents too. We love you. Words are never enough, never adequate to express our gratitude for your support. Every day we proudly wear our school uniforms – and once more we remember your thoughtfulness because the scholarship award provides us these uniforms, and so too our shoes.

May God bless you for sharing your good fortune with the less fortunate among us. With much love and high regard for all of you – thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely yours,

Melvie Legaspina – SAS Ai Scholar”