Michelle Costales, BSEd

In the house of Michelle and Raymond Costales, happiness reigns as king. Michelle is a member of our SAS Ai Field Team based in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. She gives the following account of her achievement:

“Happiness reigns in the Costales household. I finally finished my college course earning my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.

We praise and thank God for his support, guidance and confidence in me. As icing on the cake, I am happy to share with you I passed my Teacher’s Credentialing Board examinations as well. I am now an officially licensed elementary school teacher.

While waiting for a teaching job opening, I now volunteer at the Department of Education teaching Home Economics subjects in Barangay Salvacion. I love the enthusiasm of the children specially in baking class. It should come as no surprise. They all love cakes and pastries.

Happenings in our family include the high school graduation of our eldest daughter this March 27th. An outstanding student, she placed in the Honor Roll. She applied and received acceptance to the University of the Philippines in Baguio City where she will study Math and Science courses.

Our other two lovely daughters also attend SAS and considered outstanding pupils – one in the first grade and the other in the fifth grade. We can’t thank the Lord enough for our good fortune.”

Michelle, on behalf of our President and CEO, Atty Romeo J Somera, CPA, members of the Board and members of the Field Team, may I offer you our heartfelt congratulations on your great achievement.

We are most proud and certainly privileged to have you as a member of our SAS Ai Field Team.


FEB 9, 2013 SAS Family Day

Melvie Legaspina

Melvie Legaspina files a report – SAS Family Day

SAS Family Day – A report filed by SAS Ai scholar and high school sophomore Melvie Legaspina

Here at St Augustine School, we celebrated Family Day on February 9, 2013. The special day showcased many activities, prepared by the students and PASAS officers, performed by the student body. Activities included highly choreographed group dances, raffles with generous prizes, and various singing performances by people and choir groups. I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The entire SAS student body, from grade school to high school performed  a tightly organized and energetically cadenced dance number to entertain our parents, teachers, visitors and guests. After the dance, we received a standing ovation that lasted for several seconds. But the most awaited part of the program however was the grand raffle draw to decide the first prize winner. The first prize was a Net Book.

Class Dance

The Dance

I am certain all the students vied, hoped for and wanted to win the Net Book first prize. One student won it but it wasn’t me; never been that lucky. As consolation, our class received the “Best in Performance” award for a dance number performed with fans and umbrellas. Our home room teachers who helped refine our dance number ecstatically and unashamed, expressed their joy for winning the award by jumping up and down and hollering wildly.

The exhausting day finally ended and as people went home I overheard them say positive things and comment favorably about how much they enjoyed watching the numbers and listening to the music. Though tired, I felt a tremendous amount of pride and a sense of accomplishment having taken part in the SAS Family Day activities.

Honor Roll Student Jonel Leal

Honor Roll Student Jonel Leal

(L-R) Mrs Monica Leal and her son Jonel Leal. Jonel received an honor roll ribbon for the school year 2012 honor roll. His mother proudly pinned the ribbon on Jonel’s shirt.

Jonel is a junior going to his senior year in high school. He has maintained good grades and has remained competitive with other honor roll scholars.

Jonel is a very bright young man with ambition. He brings much pride to SAS Ai and the scholarship program.