On May 16., 2017, Ricky Nicolas, Jason Cabrera and Paul Famador gave a donation to the Ateneo de Manila High School on behalf of last year’s jubilarian batch Blue 8791. The three representatives, together with the Univesity President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin SJ and VP for Finance and Treaseurer Tito Santos signed a memorandum of agreement to donate a total of P3,726,875.25 to three university organizations with Ateneo Alumni Association President Melissa S. Reyes standing as witness.
Blue 8791’s donation went to the following programs: P250,000 for the Tulong Dunong Foundation’s Emergency Fund, P300,000 for Blue Plate for Better Learning Feeding Program, and Php 3,176,875.25 for the Senior High School Scholarship Endowment Fund and 1 Senior High School Scholar for SY 2017-2018.
“It’s close to our hearts,” said Cabrera when asked why they chose to raise funds for these specific organizations. “They go to school pero wala silang pera for meals. Hindi sila kumakain. When we found out about that, that’s when we decided that’s the fund we need to generate. So that they can have lunch, recess and money to buy materials.”
Norman Denis Marquez- executive director of Tulong Dunong
TD foundation was created by the alumni of Ateneo High School to continue the work and advocacy of Fr. James O’Brien. The Tulong Dunong scholarship program not only provides financial resources for the scholars but puts up several activities and formation support for the development of the scholars and their families.
“From our last assessment, probably 80-90% would have completed college education, 99% would finish high school as a scholar in Ateneo, Miriam College and St.Scholastica. Even after graduation, we continue to stay in touch with our scholars. We continue to be updated with their activities. We’re slowly building up a a stronger alumni scholars network.”
“Again we’re very thankful for those who have been supporting the foundation, the scholarship program, the scholars, whether individually or in groups. We do hope that for the coming years, as more challenges face us arising from the implementation of the K-12 program, we will continue to receive your support, not just in terms of scholarship funds but in terms of sharing yourselves through our activities whether it be in mentoring, counselling or a simple gift of music (as we are trying to build our Tulong Dunong choir as well). We also need prayers to continue with this program that has lasted 42 years. Again thank you for the support.”