Reaping the Fruits of REAP @ 20

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Created on Monday, 11 February 2019


A fruitful journey of empowering the poor thru education is what brought the past and present UST Angelicum administrators, learning facilitators, non-teaching staff, REAP benefactors, and REAP partner communities to a night of celebration full of love and hope for the REAP Program.


The REAP fund-raising and testimonial dinner, billed as ‘A Double Decade of Love Lived Thru Service’, was held last February 8, 2019, and was attended by no less than the proponent of the program and founder of UST Angelicum, Rev. Fr. Rogelio B. Alarcon, O. P., and the Most Reverend Bishop Broderick S. Pabillio, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila. They both received the plaque of recognition from UST Angelicum, together with the other implementers of the program, for their invaluable contribution to the REAP Program.

 

In his speech, Fr. Alarcon spoke of his strong desire to empower the poor through education, and thanked all the people who continued the mission he had started 20 years ago, that is, to offer free basic education to the marginalized sector of the society, eventually helping them improve their circumstances.

 

Bishop Pabillo also shared his experiences as the first REAP Coordinator in the school’s REAP site in Macarascas, Puerto Princesa. For him, all the hurdles and challenges in implementing the REAP Program in the site is incomparable to the REAP learners’ strong desire to learn.

 

Johun Santos, an alumnus from Batch 2004 and is an active supporter of the REAP Program, delivered his testimony, and emphasized that helping the REAP Program is his way of giving back to the school that nurtured his mind and nourished his heart with so much love for the poor.

 

The performances coming from the REAP learners from Bustos, Bulacan, the learning facilitators and employees of UST Angelicum, the Tiples De Santo Domingo, and the Sto. Domingo Male Chorale added color to the celebration.

 

In his message of gratitude, Fr. Ferdinand L. Bautista, OP, the Pro-Vice-Rector of the school, thanked everyone who supported the program through the years, and expressed his wish for the REAP Program to be able to reach out to more out-of-school youth and adults in the coming years and liberate them from poverty thru education. He also sought the support of everyone in helping the school to sustain the program.

 

Contributor: Ms. Irene B. Gopez

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