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MSEUF officials attend 17th presentation of SM scholar-graduates

MSEUF officials attend 17th presentation of SM scholar-graduates

His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D., archbishop of Manila, keynote speaker in the 17th presentation of SM Foundation’s 225 scholar-graduates, lauded SM Group of Companies patriarch Henry Sy, Sr. for investing in people and their lives, May 30, at the SMX Convention Center, MOA, in Pasay City.

“Investment on people and in their lives is investment in the future of the nation,” he told the audience of school partner representatives, parents and SM Foundation scholar-graduates.

Addressing the scholar graduates, he reminded them, “You were educated through the help of other people. Tinulungan kayong matuto. Ginabayan kayo. (Others helped you get an education. You were guided.) Pass it on.”

“Live the dream of your forebears that a better future can be written for our nation,” Cardinal Tagle added.

The SM Scholarship Foundation, Inc. sponsored the college education of 225 scholar graduates presented to Chairman Henry Sy, Sr., or Tatang, and his wife, Felicidad, or Nanang, for school year 2012-13.

In his message to the SM scholar graduates, Tatang shared three important lessons he learned throughout his life’s journey. He advised each of them “never (to) doubt yourself” narrating how in his youth as a migrant from China who did not speak a word of English or tagalong, he taught himself to chart his own destiny amidst difficult times.

He narrated that he put a high value on himself and what he could do. He also told them to look for seize all opportunities that may come even as they should dream big.

“I am big and bold with my dreams and vision. I like the excitement of change and of new and better ideas,” the SM patriarch said, as he congratulated the scholars for “finishing (their) education in spite of the odds in life… (for they) are the future of our nation.”

Among the 225 SM scholars presented were four graduates from Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation who finished cum laude, Rain Beaux del Rio and Chenee Rose Sante, both from the accountancy program.

The two other scholars are Glenda Hernandez and Josephine Permejo who finished computer engineering and accountancy, respectively.

Mr. Jose Sio, executive vice president and chief financial officer of SM Investments Corp., welcomed the guests.

In his welcome speech, he gave four rules of acceptance that have proved successful in life.

“First,” he said, “accept that you and I are different.”
“Second, accept that life is a series of challenges.”
“Third, be happy. Happy people accept the challenge of who they are and what they have.”

Finally, Mr. Sio said, “Be close to God and pray that His will be done.”

Earlier, Ma. Rencel Jessa Dotollo, BSE magna cum laude graduate of Universidad de Sta. Isabel-Naga led the opening prayer.

SM scholars Jessica Aliana Habunal, BSA summa cum laude of Central Philippine University, Marck Christopher Abias, BSCoE cum laude of Ateneo de Naga University and Blessel Marie Ates, BSA cum laude of Ateneo de Davao University gave their respective testimonials on how the gift of education will give them a new lease in life.

Three parent-representatives Manuel Baybayon, Jozie Llabres and Prudencio Lopez narrated how the SM scholarship program changed the lives of their families that will ensure their economic mobility and provide a better future for their children.

Representing the university, an SM partner school, during the recognition and awards ceremonies were Dr. Benilda Villenas, vice president for academics, and Rosario Rago, director of the Office of Student Affairs.

SM Foundation sponsors the full scholarship of marginalized but deserving students in the cities where an SM branch is located.

Ms. Debbie Sy, executive director of SM Foundation, introduced Cardinal Tagle, the keynote speaker as a humble, simple, honorable, saintly and very down to earth man of the cloth.

Alumni Loida Ongtengco-de Vera and Benjamin Osias led the pledge of loyalty. The scholars also sang for Nanang Felicidad who recently marked her birthday. SM Foundation gave shopping certificates of P10,000, P7,000 and P5,000 to honors graduates.