DLSAANC Welcomes DLSU Pres. Br. Ray and Hands Over Donations

By: Gilbert Talavera, Saturday, April 1st, 2017 05:35 pm

March 29th, 2017 – A small group of NorCal Lasallians welcomed De La Salle University President Br. Raymund Suplido, DLSU Alumni Relations Director Edwin C. Reyes and DLSAA President Mr. Derrick Yu for dinner and donation presentation at Fort McKinley restaurant, South San Francisco, Calif. last Tuesday night. The DLSU delegation took the opportunity to do an audio-visual presentation on updates on the DLS Philippine District to the DLSAANC chapter.

Br. Ray, after opening with a prayer, talked about what’s new and upcoming at our beloved De La Salle University and newly-formed campuses/colleges. This includes the February 2017-inaugurated DLSU Rufino Campus in Bonifacio Global City which will house the DLSU School of Law.  While the physical structure have been completed, there are still many opportunities for everyone to contribute and support the various classrooms and campus wings.  At DLSU Taft, they are opening a section to bring back a batch of senior high school students from all over the Philippines.  This is mainly due to the change in the education structure from a 10 year program to a K-12 program.  Since all Philippine schools have adopted the American standard K-12 program, the new high school sections at the Taft campus satisfies the academic needs of the remaining students caught in the K-12 transition to finish their senior studies.

Also discussed were the on-going projects to help continue the Lasallian mission:

  • Share your expertise and be an inspiration: Nestor Tan, BDO President, Ed Chua, SHELL retired chair, Dante Ang, Manila Times, and Chiqui Escareal-Go, Mansmith and Fielders, were invited to speak to Lasallian students for inspiration;
  • Fuel the Animo: sports recruitment;
  • Benches for scholarships: name a bench after you, your family, batch, organization, or chapter for 10 years.  Proceeds go to the LaSallian Legacy Fund;
  • Naming opportunities: name a classroom – DLSU Rufino Campus – mentioned above and at many other DLSU projects;
  • Professorial chairs: incentives given to professors to conduct further studies and research.
  • Animo lab: a business and technology incubation facility for aspiring students.

The presentation was continued by DLSU Alumni Relations Director Mr. Edwin Reyes, who talked about how we can all be a part of this.  DLSAANC, as a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, will be able to provide assistance in collecting donations from all over the United States and serve as a conduit to the many projects.

Finally, DLSAA President Mr. Derrick Yu talked about a few more ways on how we can earn points towards scholarship.  The use of choice credit cards from partners like East West Bank, Petron and Union Bank allows 1 to 2 % split commission to both cardholder and the DLSAA Scholarship Fund. Their newly-built office (from the fourth floor of Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall, DLSU-Manila) was done for better access to students, DLSAA chapters, Special Interest Groups, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, among others.

While we did not sing the customary Alma Mater song to finish the event, the group ended with an exchange of materials and farewell gifts.  DLSAANC President Irvin Sevilla presented a check for $9,000 (Nine thousand dollars) to Br. Ray, to be distributed to the following Lasallian charities in the Philippines:

  • Bagac School – $3,000
  • Benilde School for the Deaf – $3,000
  • Bahay Pag-Asa (Cavite) – $2,000
  • One LaSalle – $1,000

Animo LaSalle!

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