Ma. Cecilia O. Laurora, STC Batch 2004, 23 years old
STC since First Year till Fourth Year (SEFI –availee)
UP, BS Economics Degree, Cum Laude ( College scholar / Gerardo Sicat Award for Best Thesis )Student Council Officer, Assistant Chair, School of Eco. Advisory, GK & UNUCEF
extra-curriculars ; loves dancing, singing, volleyball, traveling, event
Present Job: System Analyst, Corporate Information & Analytics, MERALCO
TESTIMONY AS A FORMER SEFI AVAILEE
I always heard my parents say we are EVANGELIZERS. At the age of seven I knew that long word more thanthe dialect of Pangasinan where my siblings and I found ourselves transferred to a strange house, strange streets, strange surroundings overnight. WE ARE ALL EVANGELIZERS NOW is what I would hear from the group my parents were forming, for it is a mission,proclaiming God’s Word to the people. ( Mr. and Mrs. Laurora are Neo-Catechumenate Members who pledge to accept to be missioned anywhere they are sent to). Back to Quezon City after 3 years, I was put in a school much cheaper than STC but secretly, my Mom had wanted me to in STC for that is where she graduated from but our meager income for us four girls just could not cope with the higher tuition of STC. But God’s grace poured in year 2000, as incoming First Year High Schooler I found myself enrolled in STC due to SEFI!!! Here in this very auditorium I received yearly my O,S,award (Outstanding Award ) . I particularly remember how proud my teachers and classmates were when I was chosen for the delegation sent to Matirang Matibay contest held in UP Diliman in Math. I also won as Volleyball Varsity Team in AAPS and CEAP, Team---that’s akey word I learned in STC…. We win and lose and laugh and cry as a body… we had close inter-growing years, putting minds and hearts and hands and feet all in a harmoniousmovement….to be Theresian is to move as one body , one soul---- values of PAKIKIPAGKAPWA-TAO with all types of people. Our outreach programs made us feel the pulse of the poor and the goings-on in the lives also of the rich; it made us go to the farmers of Bulacan, the indigenous peoples, and to mix also with the rich and the famous for our teachers would tellus to interview some of them. The joy of growing up and of learning made me accept myself, others and realities of my surroundings. Midway in Second Year , I wanted to move out andlet my younger sister remain in STC. Tuition fees have gone up and I was ready to go to any lower-pay school. But no SEFI was a steppingstone to a full scholarship as DEPED scholar and my younger sister was awarded SEFI assistance and later on the third one too. This joy of not letting my Mom and Dad pay full tuition became my ”EVANGELICAL” contribution to myfamily up to my last year in College in UP Diliman I saved them lots by being a university scholar. Were it not for STC and were it not for the financial assistance of SEFI not only for a year but all throughout, we three younger sisters would not haved lasted in STC not because it is academically too hard for us , but because we were financially lowdown. To be “lay missionaries” is not to expect high compensation for trips and missions done every weekend. My Dad as a government employee had just enough for us to rent, eat, and perhaps just go to a nearby lower-tuition school. But my Mom was shown the path. How? She met the SEFI office staff and humbly applied. We were visited and interviewed. The three of us each tasted a term of being assisted by SEFI---almost 4 years each. To pay forward, even in College I volunteered at the Unicef activities
for the less privileged and in Meralco I join Corporate Social Responsibility activities now.
I thank all of you dear sponsors. May the legacy of SEFI grow and I hope to come back and
leave an envelope here too!!!
DATA ON MARIA VERONICA ARREZA
Address: 55 Lopez Jaena Quezon City Tel 743-0287 cphn: 09174244871
Years in STC: 1993 – 2004 - ELEVEN YEARS, FROM PREP
Years in SEFI: from 2000 to 2004
COLLEGE: BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Recognition; Dean’s Lister since First Year College.
Actively involved in the outreach activity in Marilao, Bulacan which helped in the livelihood projects of the people, the medical mission and educational seminars for a whole week.
TESTIMONY OF MARIA VERONICA ARREZA,
January 21, 2006
My name is Ma. Veronica Arreza, 18 years old, an alumna of STC and currently a sophomore taking up a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies in UP which took me in as a scholar. My parents, believers of quality education, made me and my siblings attend this institution that advocates excellence, which is STC. Times are not always in favor of what is easy; our family experienced financial difficulties in 2000, and that was midway of the schooling of my siblings and myself in STC. I was in First Year when I almost had the unimaginable experience of transferring to another school…but SEFI came to the rescue when my Mom applied for education assistance. Thank God for such a futuristic decision of the founders in 1972 – one-half tuition fee subsidy by SEFI…..thanks to donors, sponsors, generous alumnae and friends especially the endowers now present here. In UP I have classmates who graduated from high school as valedictorians, salutatorians, etc, but it doesn’t bother me the least bit for I gained confidence in STC that I am capable of performing excellently as well. This is not for academics alone.
One of my most fulfilling experiences was the summer of 2005 when I joined a group that gave medical mission, livelihood and educational seminars at Marilao, Bulacan. For there I was able to put into practice what I feel is the essence of being a Theresian – a person for others. As a Theresian at heart, I carry a dream that someday I would bring the whole country with me in the ascent to development and progress though it may sound farfetched. With prayers, hard work and God’s grace, and the support of dreamers like all Theresians, and SEFI people who give for the education of the youth in STC, we shall make our dreams come true--- radiate light, be a blessing….for above all it is in this school that I learned to appreciate being a light and a blessing. Even my choice of a course in development studies has been made in the light of that Theresian motto to let our light shine. And SEFI paved the road for me….what if my parents just transferred me after 7 years in STC because they couldn’t send the two of us here….My foundation years would have been incomplete indeed. I am forever grateful. Quality education , provided by SEFI foundation will benefit the country because we Theresians are led to be FOR OTHERS, FOR PEOPLE, FOR COUNTRY. Please do not fail the young. Because STC formed us, we assure you we shall move with all your dreams for us, a future that has developed from the values implanted by the family, by STC, by SEFI. We want to pay back by fulfilling your dreams. We shall let the light shine brightly…develop people, develop the Philippines!