BARP scholar is Magna Cum Laude of BSTM-UB

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Friday, April 4, 2014


THE Blessed Association of Retired Persons, Inc. is deeply honored and elated to congratulate eight of its scholars who successfully finished their respective college courses.

On top of the line is Lauren Kaye delos Reyes who graduated Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management-University of Baguio Batch 2014 held March 29. Lauren, 20, is the daughter of BARPers Nestor and Marlyn Yokogan delos Reyes whose family resides in Kapangan, Benguet.

Prof. Federico Balanag, president and CEO of the foundation joyed by the exemplary academic excellence displayed by Lauren said the new graduate will be gifted with incentive cash prize of P10,000 from BARP.

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“We hope and pray that this gesture of recognition will serve as inspiration and encouragement to our other scholars to strive and work harder to make their dreams come true,” apo Fred stressed. Dr. Placido Buan, chairman of the BARP Board of Trustees agreed.

The new BARP scholar graduates are Evie Jelyenne Magat, BS Psychology and Cathylene Mae Luna, BS MIS (Med Tech) in UB; April Bantiloc, BS Pharmacy in St. Louis University; Cindy Nabe, BS Applied Statistics; Fely Quigas and Joy Tercero, BS Agri Business in Benguet State University; and Cynthia Cudiaman, BS Accountancy in the University of the Cordilleras.

Meanwhile, Prof. Balanag expressed his lament that BARP will momentarily suspend recruiting new scholars for 2013 because “we need every single centavo for the construction of our multi-purpose building along Bokawkan Road. But we will continue to support our present college scholars enrolled at UB, SLU, PSU, BCU and CCDC.”

At least there are 15 college scholars in the list. Five vocational courses and seven technical courses students under the sponsorship of the BARP will continue until they finish what they started. The BARP Scholarship Committee is chaired by Dr. Juliet Bagano with Bienvenido Balweg and Monchita Damoslog as members.

Here’s wishing our new graduates led by Lauren good luck, good health and God bless you!
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines was in the city for a very brief visit March 28. His Excellency held an hour bilateral meeting with city government officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. together with Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan and La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda.

The gather at the ABONG Social Hall was also attended by several civic and religious leaders including media. I attended the occasion as executive project officer and overall program coordinator of the Baguio Filipino-Japanese Friendship Day celebration which the Baguio Elderly Assembly and the National Correspondents Club of Baguio in partnership with the Filipino-Japanese Foundation for Northern Luzon, Inc. initiated in 2009 as a special international program of the 100th anniversary celebration of Baguio City.

Annually from 2011 to 2013, the Filipino-Japanese Tomadachi Day took centerstage with the same original sponsors. The second time around, the Japanese Association in Northern Luzon joined us as a co-sponsor of the event.

Ambassador Urabe in his message discussed the commonalities of people, places and events between the Philippines and Japan. He started comparing the coned beauty of our Mayon Volcano in the province of Albay and Mt. Fuji in Japan.

His talk in a nutshell, centered on peace building efforts as well as various growth and development thrusts of his country with other countries all over the world. He also mentioned the contribution of Japanese laborers who helped in the construction of Kennon Rd. at the start of the 19th century. All along, he emphasized that through understanding and cooperation, “we can achieve peace, progress and prosperity.”

Mayor Domogan also mentioned the several joint economic and infrastructure projects undertaken by the city with the help of the Japanese government. The mayor took time to express the city’s gratitude to the Japanese leadership.

I informed Amb. Urabe about our humble yet successful and sustained efforts in the promotion of Fil-Jap relations built on respect, love and brotherhood. I presented to him at least two pieces of albums which contains copies of the Fil-Jap Friendship Day celebrations in the city and other pertinent documents for his perusal and information.

I also had the distinct opportunity to talk to the embassy’s Consul and Secretary-General about our friendship activities. He graciously extended his thanks.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 05, 2014.

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