A MUSICAL band composed of visually-impaired members has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Provincial Government’s “Paglaum” scholarship program.
The members of Blindfold Gerroshi band received their scholarship grant from Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale in a ceremony held at the Capitol Social Hall yesterday.
The band members and scholarship beneficiaries are Gemar Tugunon, 21; Gerard Lawan, 26; 20-year-old twin brothers Roland Christian and Roland Christopher Faynar; and lead vocalist Sheila Marie Tiongzon, 21.
They will each receive P10,000 cash per semester, including the P1,500 monthly allowance.
Roland Christopher said he was grateful when he learned that he was chosen as one of the recipients of the scholarship program.
Lawan, who founded the band, said that he was happy that his bandmates were also granted the scholarship.
“Dako kaayo ni nga opportunidad sa ilaha. Nalipay ko kay nahatagan sila ani (This is a great opportunity for them. I am happy that they have been given the scholarship,” Lawan said.
Lawan said that the band is just a newbie but he hopes that the band will continue serving as an inspiration to others through their music.
The scholarship program authored by Magpale was established through Ordinance 2016-13 that aims to provide free education to differently-abled, marginalized and poor but deserving students who are residents of Cebu Province.
“Ang mga maka-avail ani nga scholarship kay kadtong mga bata nga victim of child abuse, mga pwds apil na ang kadtong mga anak sa surrenderees (Those who can avail themselves of the scholarship are victims of child abuse, persons with disabilities as well as children of drug surrenderees,” Magpale said.
Magpale said that the Capitol can accommodate 70 scholars. Apple Grace C. Danuco, USJ-R Intern