A Mother’s Pride – by Juzel Ann Macanas

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Juzel Ann Macanas (right) poses with her mother onstage after she received her recognition award certificate

At last year’s graduation ceremonies, Juzel Ann Macanas, SAS Ai scholar class of 2012, made it to the honor roll receiving a recognition award for her excellent school work and good grades. To pin Juzel’s ribbon and to stand proudly by her daughter, Mrs Macanas attended the graduation ceremonies along with other SAS Ai scholars families.

As the ceremonies came to a close, the crowds morphed into smaller conversation groups. Juzel and her mom joined other honor roll students. They had hot coffee while others had iced water and soda. The conversation revolved around the obvious feeling of pride the parents felt for their kids excellent performance.

“I am so thrilled to see my daughter receive recognition for her work. She studies well into the night her father and I sometimes have to tell her to get some sleep,” stated a proud mother.

Mrs Macanas spoke softly and confidently, “My Juzel has done very well ever since elementary school. Her father and I keep our expectations for her at a very high level. I expect her to fully continue receiving recognition for her excellent school work. We believe she can transition into a government-funded college scholarship. Someday….after she finishes high school.”

Juzel blushed a little upon hearing her mother speak so highly of her expectations of her. She knows her family financial status. There is no money for college, why, there wasn’t even any money for high school. What was she thinking about? Yet from the way her mother speaks, she detects her confidence, she senses her deep pride in her daughter’s ability to succeed.

Mothers have high hopes and dreams for their kids. In Juzel’s case, Mrs Macanas takes great pride in Juzel’s abilities and hopes someday her daughter will succeed in whatever she wants to do. To that end, Mrs Macanas, like most mothers, will work hard and sacrifice her own self-comfort so that her children may succeed.

At SAS Ai we hear about, we see their pain, and we help these disadvantaged families in their daily struggle for sufficiency and dignity. We recognize that Education is Freedom. Therefore we help these bright kids who come from poor families get a good high school education at SAS. This is our mission and we aim to do a great job. With your help we can make that difference and support these parents whose pride and joy lie in the bright future of their children. Donate to the scholarship fund today.


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.

Donate to the SAS Ai, Inc. Scholarship Fund

Donate to the SAS Ai, Inc. Scholarship Fund

Remember… education is freedom. Freedom from ignorance, freedom from illiteracy, freedom to explore the possibilities of gainful employment out there. These freedoms we may take for granted. But for a bright, promising and highly motivated child who comes from a disadvantaged family, your donation to the scholarship fund would make his or her dream to get a good high school education at SAS a reality. A bright, poor child awaits your help. Won’t you please donate to the scholarship fund? Your monetary donation is tax deductible. Thank you.