Valencia, Janice

Post by Jerwin M. Lasin | Date: 8/14/2006 11:45:54 AM

Life has been cruel to our family since my parents got married, have their first child, second and them me… There are times we used to eat rice and soy sauce (toyo), rice and coffee, just to escape from hunger.. After a long time of pains and sufferings, God has been so good to us… He let my father to go to abroad, work hard and be separated form his beloved siblings and wife just to respond his family’s needs. But still we are lacking financially because my elder sister and brother must go to college at the same time… Since both of them graduated from high school with academic distinction, they were able to acquired scholarship. And that’s what I’m looking forward before my high school graduation. I studied hard and achieved high grades, joined extra-curricular activities to improve my personality and socialization, which have been a life-size help to get hold of my scholarship from FSLE.

Before I enter FSLE and DLSL, there were struggles I met on my way there. Discouragement from own self attacked me because I am negative thinker in which my self-confidence declined. I always tell myself that time – “Hindi ko kaya!”.. and then my high school teachers, friends and relatives encouraged me to pursue my application in such prestigious school. So I did… But on my way entering the school lobby wearing my high school uniform, a group of students murmured “ Uy, nagbago na pala ang uniform ng La Salle…” Thank God! I was able to manage myself… That time I came to think- “Ganon pala mga estudyante sa La Salle?”…but life must go on….I ignored them all!!! Anyway, DLSL and FSLE were the first and last school scholarship I applied for. If I failed, I’ll stop studying… and God gave me the greatest opportunity for an ordinary (or let say and extra-ordinary??? ) student to have….And I am really thankful for that...

I knew FSLE from a high schoolmate Ms. Sunshine Lina who used to be one of FSLE’s first batch scholars. I applied at PATAS office and asked Mr. Lingao on the nature of the scholarship and its requirements. I accomplished their prescribe necessities with excitedness and fear that I might not be part of the program. The most exciting and terrifying moment came – the announcing of the passers and the sponsors… Glad to hear my name and my donors name --- Mr. Francis Laurel – my hero! The one who committed himself to support my education for four years which has been a great help to my family and brought happiness in our life, especially in my parent’s side…

When I was in the scholarship program, I feared that I might cease my scholarship but thank God, he helped me to get done my obligations and responsibilities as FSLE scholar and student of De La Salle Lipa…

Opening of classes came.. I was so “maingay” … I always smile and stare at some of my classmates and teachers… And I got friends!!! Naughty but clever friends… hehehe… I marked in my mind that after graduation, I’ll start a new challenging stage of my life with courage, self-confidence, with morality and ethics thought to me, with pride, and with God by my side… Until graduation day came… All hardships were erased as I get my diploma and show to the whole world that- “Hey! I’m proud to wear my toga and carry my diploma.. .proud to be an FSLE scholar… and proud to be a Lasallian…”
Dear Mr. Francis Laurel, Laurel Family and FSLE Mebers,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has been so great to us, scholarsm for giving us the opportunity to pursue our dreams through persons like you, our guardian angels, who lifted us from discouragements and failures. We give our genuine thankfulness to you for being part of our study, of our life and for placing our visions to reality. No words will be enough to bestow upon you our deepest gratitude but we always offer prayers to God to bless you all days of your life. Your effort will not be in vain, instead it will still be our stepping stone in conquering of our success. Our sincere appreciation will dwell in our heart forever… God Bless you and be safe always…s

Live Jesus in our Hearts… Forever…