Ang Kasangga Congratulates its 12 Graduate Scholars
Twelve of the 46 children of slain journalists whom Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran Inc. (or Ang Kasangga) has been sending to schools for the past five years under its scholarship program with National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) are among this year’s graduates.
Lawyer Norman Tayag, secretary general of Ang Kasangga, made the announcement as he welcomed the good news about the first batch of graduates among its 46 scholars, three of whom are from grade school, seven from high school level and two from college.
“We wish to congratulate our graduate scholars. Like their parents, we are also very proud of them for their achievements. They truly deserve our admiration for their determination and hardwork at school. All their efforts, including their parents, have paid off,” Tayag said.
Ang Kasangga scholars who finished grade school are Mark Angelo Martinez, son of the late Alberto Martinez of Cotabato City, Karla Mae Binungcal, daughter of the late Romy Binungcal of Bataan, and Carl Rev Vigo, son of the late Maricel and George Vigo of Malaybalay City.
High school graduates are Lee Austin Alcantara, son of the late Sonny Alcantara of Laguna City; Elden Dave Cuesta, son of the late Dennis Cuesta; Craig Russel Ramos, son of the late Marlon Ramos; Jeneane Marie Jalapit, daughter of the late Olimpio Jalapit Jr. of Pagadian City; John Lou Pala, son of the late Juan “Jun” Pala from Davao City; Dennis Rev Vigo, late son of couple journalists Maricel and George Vigo; and John Kevin Binungcal, son of late Remate column writer Romy Binungcal. Karren Nica Binungcal, 18, an accountancy student of Bataan Peninsula State University in Bataan and Danilo Reyes’ 19 year-old son Franz Nico, a nursing student of Andres Bonifacio College, in Dipolog City also graduated from college.
“For the family of many journalists who were slain in line of duty, the education of their children has always been an issue. As part of our social responsibility, Ang Kasangga wishes to help them fulfill their dreams for their children,” Tayag said.
Apart from the scholarship program, Ang Kasangga has been sponsoring the annual Saranggola summer workshop which has become an effective avenue for the recovery of the surviving children of slain journalists from their individual tragedy and loss.
“This unique program has been of immeasurable help to its intended beneficiaries. The program’s educational assistance aspect has eased in a very important way the financial worries of the children’s surviving parents or guardians,” Ma. Cristina Rodriguez said in her letter.
Through the support provided by its chairman, Teodorico Haresco Jr, Ang Kasangga sends poor but deserving children of the slain journalists to good schools so that once they finish their studies they would have the skills not only for a job but also start a business of their own.