Angelica Marie A. Tilos STC, Batch 2003
Grade School & High School: STC
College: Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English, University of Santo Tomas
Present Job: Speech and English Teacher / Debate Team Moderator, STC- High School
--Loves being with the teeners, spreading faith-action works, mixing & singing; creating a new ways and means for family togetherness
TESTIMONY AS A FORMER SEFI AVAILEE
Let me start by quoting the famous scientist Albert Einstein, “There are only two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
And I do believe in the latter. Tonight we are all gathered here to celebrate the little miracles in our lives, as we all here are endowed with the faith to believe in this little miracles…an event which is a celebration of God’s Providence through each sponsor here present. And as for me and my parents, a celebration of gratitude for what a SEFI has been for us.
I belong to a brood of 12, all of us alive! That’s the miracle and SEFI tops all the miracles in our family because SEFI assisted me and my 3 other sisters as well, turn by turn. Though I was not an academically top student, my parents are so proud of us Theresian children for with them we joined the parish activities and the neo-catechumenate and spread the cherished family values we absorbed since childhood such as faith and generosity, service and honesty… and more Christian values that STC has radiated to us. Being ordinary was comfortable for me. But once I reached College, I began to realize how special Theresian education is… I could cope with anything, but anything in UST!!! I applied as a working scholar and got the slot and worked hard to be dean’s lister which I achieved for at least some semester-thus I could helped my kid sisters and brothers with what I save. We all skimp on luxurious things for the 12 of us are happy with hand-me downs. We are miracles of bondedness such as another sister bringing home baon for a younger one; keeping a book clean and neat for the next in line to use, and such other miracles!
I like my course for it drew leadership from me. I came back to apply here and WOW…how overwhelming to see my former teachers now as my colleagues! With them I let my light shine and be a blessing to others, to the young who are now my students.
I can see you all here from this stage and let me quote Frank Clark “ REAL GENEROSITY IS DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL NEVER FIND OUT”. Though our paths meet, I just know you and the likes of you are the real generous anonymous ones to us who yearly could only pay late tuition fee. You are generous, you are miracle, God so palpable to me tonight; I am just of the availees you have helped. This is just one story. And if I may speak for the 300 or more that you have not met but help every year, we wish to graciously thank you for giving us a chance to be THERESIAN. It is my dream to be a giver very soon too.
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 & UNICEF 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 than the 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 be 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 a key 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 harmonious movement…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 tell us 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 and let 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 stepping stone 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 my family 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 have lasted in STC not because it is academically too hard for us , but because we were financially low-down. 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!!!