"A Miracle in Mexico" By Alejandro Grattan

"A Miracle in Mexico"
By Alejandro Grattan
December 2002 Guadalajara-Lakeside Volume 19, Number 4

In a deeply religious country which is fraught with inexplicable phenomena, we have seen one such miracle with our own eyes. Few people at Lakeside have heard of this modern-day marvel, even fewer have visited its site, though thousands of us probably have passed only a couple of hundred yards away from it.

At first glance, it would appear to be a beautifully-laid-out junior college campus which could be anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, a campus equipped with several dormitories, a large gymnasium, a soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, a semi-Olympic-sized swimming pool, classrooms fitted with dozens of late-model computers, and an enrollment of more than two thousand students.


There, however, all similarity ends.


For this magnificent monument to one man’s courage, vision and indomitability is known as Villa de Los Niños, located about ten miles north of Jocotepec, on the highway to Guadalajara. It is a sight that has to be seen to be believed. Here some 2000 of the poorest boys in Mexico, under the firm but loving guidance of Sister Cecilia Lee and her staff of about fifteen Sisters of Mary, are provided with food, shelter, clothing and a secondary technical, vocational training, all free of charge. Upon completion of their three-year course, the graduates then proudly take their places amongst Mexico’s fast-growing middle-class.


The educational training is intensive, with the students given only a two-week yearly vacation, and allowed but one parental visit each year. But at the end of the three years, the boys have been given, in addition to the standard education for lads in the secondary age-range, vocational training in any one or more trades such as woodworking, cooking, computers, auto mechanics, refrigeration, baking, jewelry, music, electronics, etc.


The equipment and supplies are provided free by many of Mexico’s largest corporations, and the facilities we saw are state-of-the-art. The auto repair training center was equipped by Volkswagen Mexico, which provides the students with several late-model cars, and all the necessary tools. The area is maintained by the students, and is so spotless one could eat off the floor. Best of all, as with many of the other vocations, the students are guaranteed a job upon graduation with the sponsor company.


Finally, however, it is not the adult instructors or the corporations who have made this place what it is—but rather the Sisters of Mary and the students themselves. It was inspiring to witness the sense of quiet joy and deep dedication which seemed to permeate the very halls of this marvelous institution of learning. The boys we saw (and we saw hundreds of them!) seemed happy, focused and keenly aware that they had been given one of the greatest strokes of luck they are likely to ever encounter. All of them come from extremely poor backgrounds, and proudly wear the neat, clean regulation clothing they were issued upon admittance.


The day Cuca Tingen and I visited, our guide was Sister Zeny, a diminutive nun from the Philippines whose broad smile and cheerful cooperation made our short stay a delight. Of the fifteen nuns, most are from the Philippines and South Korea, with a sprinkling of Mexican sisters mixed in for local flavor.


The man responsible for this miracle in Mexico is the late Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz. Creating just one such monument to the power of courage, vision and love would be enough for any man—but over the course of his life, he founded other such facilities in Korea and the Philippines, as well as hospitals, orphanages and homes for the homeless. Little wonder that he was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Equally amazing was that he did much of this while confined to a wheelchair. In 1989, Msgr. Schwartz was stricken with the malady known today as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” an affliction which finally took his life in 1992. Now the good Sisters of Mary carry on with his magnificent dream, doing it mainly through contributions. Anyone wishing to know more about this great effort and who has the desire to take part in this charitable work may call Sister Cecilia Lee at (37472) 5-0207.


As we drove away, I glanced back at the hundreds of young boys and the beautiful grounds and buildings, and a line from a now-forgotten play came to mind, in which one of the characters—reflecting on how every now and then, good people and noble ideas can create miracles—says “Sometimes there’s God.”

FACFI Website Update

It's already done. Please check the contents.

You may also Sign the Guestbook, send greetings to our beloved sisters or write testimonies for Fr. Al and the Sisters of Mary School.

Also in our effort to raise funds for Fr. Al's Children Foundation, Inc. (FACFI), we have made donating easier for you. The Paypal/Credit Card donation button is already working.

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Thank you very much!

ASMSI Project: Coffee Table Book (CTB) – Sisters of Mary Philippines @ 25!

(From the Thread: http://www.asmsi.org.ph/forum_beta/viewtopic.php?t=1139)

With Suggestions from our very own Engineer Edsel Ledesma

Similar to what UP has cooked up for our Centennial Celebration, we should also develop a, what they term as ‘coffee table book’ to commemorate the presence of the Sisters of Mary in the Philippines. Officially (?), we can say that the Sisters of Mary set foot in the Philippines on August 15, 1985. Such reckoning will translate the 25th year (silver anniversary) of the congregation’s presence in thePhilippines to August 15, 2010. It’s providential that this date falls on a Sunday when all or most of the alumni will have the chance to attend. Batches 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010 shall be concurrent hosts for the celebration/ homecoming.

The development of this CTB shall be spearheaded by the alumni who are the prime beneficiaries of the congregation’s presence here in the Philippines. Adequate support shall be provided by the sisters, the faculty, the workers, the suppliers, the contractors and most especially the friends and benefactors. This book will be a legacy of all those involved with the Sisters of Mary for its twenty five [25] years here in the Philippines.


Culmination of the celebration and book launching will be scheduled on August 15, 2010. The CTB will include the following:


1. Alumni Directory
Batch Picture Alumni, ASMSI History, Projects undertaken/Milestones in ASMSI History, Event Pictures, etc.

2. Faculty Directory
Pictures (only group) then if available
Pictures to date.
Principals/head teachers shall be properly identified.

3. SMS History – Highlights in its 25 years in the Phlippines,

SMS Directory ( Complete Addresses and Contacts of SMS Campuses in the Phils with pictures & facilities listings), Workers/Support Staff/Consultants Directory
Pictures then if available
Pictures to date

4. Suppliers & Contractors Directory
List of Suppliers, ads shall be solicited if published
List of Contractors, ads shall be solicited of published

5. Sisters Directory
Pictures/List of all sisters involved
Local superiors shall be identified per branch and inclusive dates

6. Site Pictures

7. Ads

This list is preliminary and rough, there’s still a lot of room for improvement and suggestions in topic, format, and context are welcome. Today, this is just an idea but with our concerted efforts and given enough time we can make this a reality, still more than a year to make it happen.

We can start immediately just by spreading the idea and get a feel of the extent and how to better organize this CTB and the enthusiasm that it could generate. If there may be alumni who are in journalism, photography, print & media, and advertising or in similar/related trades, they could be of much help to this undertaking.

Initially we can form a committee of contacts, tasked to contact as many as possible and may consist of the following unless there may be unwelcome objections:

1. Alumni – Sharon, past presidents, batch representatives (also Cebu)
2. Faculty – Ms. Estorco, Ms. Ligson, Cebu-based
3. Workers – Cynthia, Daisy, Cherry Ann, Godeng, Cebu-based
4. Suppliers – Cynthia, Daisy, Shellane, Joy
5. Contractors – Cord, Edsel, Resty, Roy
6. Sisters – Sr. Elena, Sr. Tess, Sr. Elnora,
7. Pictures – all contributors, nominations are welcome
8. Ads - everybody/Arch. Guanco

Time runs fast. It’s time we really get started!

Contact us for details / suggestions/ concerns:

Sharon Dizon
Email: heavenscent_ganda@yahoo.com
Contact Nos. : 09287076274, (02) 5298321 or (046) 4140575

Al San Buenaventura
Email: a.sanbuenaventura@gmail.com
Mobile No. : 09215899906

Take the Challenge - Be a Donor & Benefactor of SOM thru FACFI!

The challenge is really great! For us to be future donors & benefactors of the Sisters of Mary. You don't have to be a millionaire to share. Your small donation will count a lot.

In an effort to support raise funds for the Sisters of Mary through the Fr. Al's Children Foundation, Inc. (FACFI), ASMSI sponsors a FACFI website (domain name & hosting). Its development is whole heartedly being rendered by the ever supportive software enthusiasts/web developers Kuya Al San Buenaventura & Kuya Jonel Pagobo. (Thanks for the effort & sacrifices!).

You may now also visit the FACFI website: http://www.facfi.org.ph/. Let us extend our financial support to the foundation.

ASMSI is also working on its paypal account for your convenient online donations.

Together, we can make it! It's about time we do our part. May God bless us all.... Let us give and share with joy!

Original Post from: http://www.asmsi.org.ph/forum_beta/viewtopic.php?t=1891

12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country

I recently read a little book written by Alexander L. Lacson, entitled 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country and I find the list important for every Filipino to read and most importantly practice especially at this time of difficulties and hopelessness. Please share it to every Filipino. There's still hope for the Philippines.

Here is Lacson’s list of the 12 little things every Filipino can do to help our country:
    1. Follow traffic rules. Follow the law.
    2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt.
    3. Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino.
    4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country.
    5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier.
    6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
    7. Support your church.
    8. During elections, do your solemn duty.
    9. Pay your employees well.
    10. Pay your taxes.
    11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
    12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.

Visit this links for more info:
http://12littlethings.com/
http://pinoy-business.com/content/view/84/59/

Las Hermanas de María Villa de los Niños México Chalco y Guadalajara

The Sisters of Mary Children’s Villages in the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil provide food, care and education for children who, through no fault of their own, fall victim to circumstances that have far-reaching consequences for their education and living environment. Some examples of these circumstances could be the loss of one or both of their parents, sickness, extreme poverty and hunger.

During their stay in the Children’s Villages, the Sisters of Mary provide all children with free food, shelter, clothing, and all medical and dental care they need, as well as provide them with high quality education equipped with vocational and technical trainings. To enable them to become independent adults and break free from all physical and emotional scars of their former life of living in poverty, the children are encouraged to participate in sports, artistic activities and activities intended to promote local hygiene and culture.

Guadalajara - Boystown Recently, I stumbled upon the website of Fr. Al's Children's Village in Mexico.

Here's the links:
Villa de los Niños México Chalco y Guadalajara
Villa de los Niños AC
Blog link: Blog de Villa de los Niños Guadalajara,Jalisco
Graduates website: Graduados de Villa de los Niños en México

In Mexico we have two children's village: Guadalajara (Boystown) and Chalco (Girlstown).

The Sisters of Mary and the Brothers of Christ, continue to live the charism of their founder, the Servant of God, Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz, of serving gratuitously tens of thousands of the poorest of the poor in Korea, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil.

Another ASMSI Accomplishment - FACFI Website Launched

Another ASMSI milestone, the Fr. Al's Children Foundation, Inc. website is now online and most of the pages contents are done.

FACFI, is the funding arm of The Sisters of Mary in the Philippines. Visit FACFI website for more information on how you could help us.

Also, we need more local donors/benefactors to sustain the programs of Fr. Al in the Philippines.

Please help us by introducing FACFI to generous people you may know and who might be interested in helping The Sisters of Mary in their charitable works for the poorest of the poor children to lift them from the dung of poverty by providing them with free food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental services, and quality high school education equipped with vocational trainings.

Link FACFI website to your sites, blogs, forums etc.

Thanks a lot to my batchmate, friend and kumpare, pinoywebdev for the continuous support to our projects for ASMSI and for the free website design and development of this FACFI as well as the ASMSI website. More blessings and more freelance projects to you!

A day at Everland

Kang Jung-won, CEO of Kookmin Bank, and other KB executives pose with children at a corporate social responsibility event it sponsored yesterday at Everland Resort in Yongin, southwest of Seoul, Saturday. The bank said it invited around 750 children from Aloysius Elementary School in Eungam-dong, Seoul, to the resort, where the executives spent a full day yesterday playing with them. The elementary school, founded by Father Aloysius Schwartz, educates orphans at a care facility in Seoul called Seoul Sonyeoneui Jip, or Seoul Boys’ Home.

Article from: JoongAng Daily
* These children comes from one of Fr. Al's Children's Villages in Korea.
Visit: World Villages for Children for more information about Fr. Al and his work.

The Servant of God, Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz


Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz was born in Washington, DC on September 18, 1930 to Louis Schwartz and Cedelia Bourasa. He grew up with the idea of becoming a secular priest, work as a missionary and his apostolate would be to the poor.

In 1944, he entered St. Charles Seminary in Maryland, finished B.A. Degree at Maryknoll College and studied Theology at Louvain Catholic University in Belgium. He used to spend his vacation helping at the rag pickers’ camps for derelicts of the French society. Visiting Banneux, where the Virgin of the Poor appeared, he was more inspired to dedicate his priesthood to the service of the poor in fulfillment of her message.

He was ordained as a diocesan priest on June 29, 1957. He founded the Religious Congregation of the Sisters of Mary to serve the poorest of the poor on August 15, 1964 and the Brothers of Christ on May 10, 1981.

He established Boystowns and Girlstowns to take care, educate and give a bright future to the orphans, abandoned and children coming from the very poor families. He also built sanatoriums for very indigent patients; hospices for the homeless, handicapped elderly men, retarded children and for unwed mothers.He did not mind being considered a beggar in order to give the best to the needy, totally free of charge. With humility, courage, and unwavering faith, he suffered and accepted a lot of humiliations, criticisms, trials, pains, and difficulties, just to be able to serve and love God through the poor.

In 1989, he was afflicted with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which he accepted with joy and serenity as a gift from God. His illness made him immobile but still even on a wheelchair, he continued to fulfill his duties with joy. He spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament, praying the rosary, hearing confessions, and heroically preaching in words and examples the virtues of truth, justice, chastity, charity and humility. His love for God and the poor consumed him. He did not only help the poor but also he lived poorly.

On March 16, 1992, he breathed his last at the Girlstown in Manila. He was buried in Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

The Sisters of Mary and the Brothers of Christ, continue to live his charism of serving gratuitously tens of thousands of the poorest of the poor in Korea, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil.

The Cause for his Beatification and Canonization has already been submitted to the Congregation of Saints in Rome.

For more information about Fr. Al and his works, visit:


* I'm one of the thousands of poor children privileged to enjoy the free food, clothing, shelter, medical/dental services and secondary education with technical/vocational training at The Sisters of Mary School Boystown in Cavite, Philippines, one of the children's village founded by this great and holy Servant of God.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I like reading inspirational books, here are some of the lines that strikes me upon reading the international best-seller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, author of other books like Tuesdays with Morrie, For One More Day, Bo, Fab Five, etc.

  • Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.

  • Strangers - are just family you have yet to come to know.

  • No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.

  • That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from the other than you can separate a breeze from the wind.

  • Fairness - does not govern life and death. If it did, no good person would ever die young.

  • Did you ever wonder why people gather when others die? Why people feel they should?- It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn't just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.

  • Time is not what you think. Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning.

  • SACRIFICE - you made one. I made one. We all make them. But you were angry over yours. You kept thinking about what you lost. You didn't get it. Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to. Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. A mother works so her son can go to school. A daughter moves home to take care of her sick father. A man goes to war...Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious,you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else.

FACFI Website Development On-going

For two days now, I'm quite busy registering, planning, organizing, and gathering requirements for the FACFI Website development.

Yesterday, I was able to successfully registered the domain name http://www.facfi.org.ph/ at DOT.PH. The domain name registration was sponsored by ASMSI for two years (it costs 70$), it is one way of giving back to our beloved alma mater, The Sisters of Mary School, for the many blessings we received during our four years of stay there. With regards to the hosting, I just add the new domain name to our existing hosting for ASMSI website since FACFI site will just need a small space, gladly it works as planned and I didn't encounter difficulty during the set-up process.

Today, I was able to gather and organize the necessary documents and pictures for us to start with the website development. Thanks a lot to Sr. Tess Sumalabe and Che Baria for the immediate response to my requests. To my kumpareng Junilo, thanks a lot for the support and dedication for our next Project X.

By the way, FACFI stands for Fr. Al's Children Foundation, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. It was established on November 26, 1992 after the demise of Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz, founder of the Sisters of Mary congregation, to assist the charity programs of the Sisters of Mary Boystowns and Girlstowns.

FACFI is authorized to receive, and accept donations or contributions and gifts of any kind from donors for the benefit of children from the poorest of the poor families in the Philippines through the Sisters of Mary's Boystowns and Girlstowns.

The poor, also, deserves the best education. Help us in fulfilling this goal, deposit your contributions to: UCPB CA 167-000716-1

FR. AL'S CHILDREN FOUNDATION, INC.
The Sisters of Mary Girlstown Complex
Room 102, Fr. Al's Museum & Retreat House
Bo. Biga, Silang, Cavite 4118 Philippines
Tel. Nos. 046-865-3097 / 02-529-8321

Love is caring...Love is sharing...

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?

Contact FACFI, the funding arm of the Sisters of Mary in the Philippines.

To the FACFI site development project, wish us all the best, we hope to finish that project soon so that we will be able to help The Sisters of Mary in their mission to lift thousands of youth out from the dung of poverty.

Desiderata

I love this poem....

DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

The Pursuit of Success

This is my story...I want to share it with you humbly, hoping to be an inspiration and encouragement to my fellow brothers and sisters at SMS and my fellow STIERs.


STI IDOL: The Pursuit of Success
By: Chicky Recheta
Alumni and Career Services Manager, STI-HQ
Published in the March 2009 Issue of STIMULI


A native of Gainza, Camarines Sur, Alejo is the fifth of seven children of Juan San Buenaventura, Jr. and Merly Sarcilla. His father is a tailor by profession and also tends to the small farm with his wife. With seven children to take care of, life was difficult for the San Buenaventura family.

Alejo graduated Valedictorian from Loob Elementary School. Although his two elder sisters were taking up their Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, the family could not afford to send Alejo to high school as he had to make way for his two sisters. He knew that the only way he could further his studies would be through a scholarship. His sisters were eventually able to complete their degrees, also by way of scholarship grants and through perseverance.

Alejo then took the examinations conducted by the Sisters of Mary School, an institution providing free food, shelter, clothing, and secondary education to poor but deserving students all over the Philippines. He was one of the two from his school lucky enough to pass the exams and interviews given by the nuns. At a tender age, Alejo had to move and live in the Sisters of Mary School campus in Silang, Cavite, miles away from his family. He only got to visit his family once a year for a short period of two weeks. Fighting homesickness, he decided to immerse himself in his studies and also participated in extra-curricular activities. He finished high school as Third Honorable Mention from a batch of more than 700 graduating students.

With the help of the Sisters of Mary, Alejo started to look for a job as their curriculum in high school was equipped with vocational courses such as refrigeration and air conditioning, auto mechanic, driving, and courses in computers. He landed a job as a draftsman/CAD operator in SHI Designing & Manufacturing, Inc. (SDMI), a Japanese firm and started working at the age of 17.

After working for a year, he took night classes and in 2003, earned a diploma course in computer programming. He was also transferred to the IT department of the company as junior programmer trainee.

Later, Alejo decided to pursue a 4-year course and enrolled at STI College Shaw (formerly EDSA-Crossing) in B.S. Computer Science. Not only was Alejo a working student who was active in extra-curricular activities, but he also financed his younger brother’s studies who graduated in March 2007 with the degree of Electronics and Communications Engineering. Both brothers now share in putting their youngest brother through an Electrical Engineering course in Manila. Alejo acts as the guardian of his younger brothers and their role model. Not forgetting how he was able to finish high school, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni of the Sisters of Mary School Inc.

Recognizing his achievements, STI awarded him the distinction of being the STI Student of the Year for 2008. Days before his graduation, Gurango Software met and employed him on the spot while attending Shaw’s National Job Placement Month. Now, Alejo San Buenaventura’s next goal is to get a Master’s Degree in Information Technology or Computer Science to further his knowledge and skills in the global IT industry. He also does not discount the possibility of having a career in the academe.

“I want to share the knowledge and experiences I learned from my previous, current, and maybe future careers. I think the love for teaching really runs in our family as my sisters are both public school teachers. I believe that more than the monetary reward, the opportunity to touch other people’s lives and leave a lasting imprint in the people you meet everyday is much more important in life,” shares Alejo.


*****
Alejo S. San Buenaventura
Graduated with a degree in Computer Science
Magna Cum Laude at STI College Edsa-Crossing (now STI-Shaw) &
Awarded as: STI Student of the Year 2008

Start with Yourself

Just want to share this simple poem from an anonymous author that teaches a simple truth; if we really want to see GREAT CHANGE in the world it should start with OURSELVES.


START WITH YOURSELF

When I was young and free
and my imagination had no limits,
I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser,
I discovered the world would not change,
so I shortened my sights somewhat
and decided to change my country.

But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years,
in one last desperate attempt,
I settled for changing only my family,
those closer to me, but alas,
they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed
I suddenly realize;
If I had only changed myself first,
then by example
I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement,
I would then have been able
to better my country and, who knows,
I may have even changed the world.

- Anonymous

Our Greatest Dream

This video I shared in Youtube was taken by the Augustinians for their Recollect Vocation 2008 Official Theme Song featuring our younger brothers at SMS Boystown, Minglanilla, Cebu.

Thanks to Sr. Tess for sharing this one to us. It makes me feel prouder being an SMS graduate. Kudos to our dear brothers! What a performance!

Want to know more The Servant of God, Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz?

Visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyIbrPQUijk

Veritas846 – Live Phone Interview for Sisters of Mary School

Yes you read it right!

This morning, I received a text message from the Sisters of Mary School in Biga, asking me if I was available for an interview about Fr. Al for the Catholic Radio Station – Veritas846 (http://www.veritas846.ph/).

I replied, when? They said anytime today. Ok (filled with nervousness and excitement) was my only answer, since it was for Fr. Al, I am very much willing to share it to others even if I am not prepared.

Then after a few minutes, my cell phone rang, it was already the host confirming my interview with their program (if I’m not mistaken the program is “Barangay Simbayanan” Weekdays 9-10:30 AM – hosted by Angelique Lazo and a guest priest, this time it was Msgr. Jesus Romulo Rañada) and giving me some instructions.

She then gave me a monitor (I’m not familiar with the term but from what I’ve understood it was their way of connecting me so that I will be able to join them in their conversations) and immediately I was able to hear them.

Then they called Sr. Tess Sumalabe, they asked her some questions about the school, the institution and the students’ activities especially on the spiritual formation being given by the sisters to them.

Now, it was my turn. The host asked me what I am before I enter the Sisters of Mary School and how I was able get there. What I learned in the institution and how they helped me and how much influenced did Fr. Al and the sisters’ teachings have done in my life as well as what I’ve become after leaving the institution.

And the interview concluded by giving me a chance to speak in behalf of the graduates and the school and clarify the wrong connotation when some people hear the word ‘Boystown’.

I was touched by the comment of the female host when she learned about the school and Fr. Al as shared to her by Msgr. Rañada.

Hopefully more people especially rich Filipinos also share their wealth to the less fortunate and have a heart for the poorest of the poor as shown by a foreign priest, Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, by establishing Boystowns and Girlstowns in the Philippines and in four more other countries.

Hopefully (even if i am not prepared and it was my first time) we were able to bring the message and give a clearer meaning about the institution and its founder and give the listeners a better view of what The Sisters of Mary School is all about.

I am very much grateful to Radio Veritas, to their program and the hosts for giving us the opportunity to share valuable information about the Sisters of Mary School and Fr. Al’s charitable institution.

MabuhayVeritas846!

May 10, 2009 - Mother's Day Celebration

I spend my day at the Sisters of Mary School Biga and Adlas Campuses to meet and greet my beloved mother-sisters on this special ocassion.

It is a small of way of paying tribute to their self-less dedication and love when I was one of the students of this institution. I am very privileged to be part of this family.

My dear mother-sisters, We love you! Thank you very much and Happy Mother's Day! We are very lucky to have you as much as you considered yourselves lucky to have us as graduates.

View more pictures here:
To my beloved Nanay, I love you and Happy Mother's Day! God knows how much we appreciate you for all the things you've done for our family. Thank you very much!

A Fresh Start!


May 11, 2009 - I think the right time has come for me to start my own blog, this is upon reading some of the discussions at our official alumni website (http://www.asmsi.org.ph/) regarding blogging.

It is a fresh start and hopefully my enthusiasm will last and this blog will not just be a source of information to others but INSPIRATION as well.

I welcome myself to the world of Blogging =)

You might want to welcome me as well? Drop me a note here or Add me to your links.

Dios Mabalos!
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