Sunday, March 30, 2008


It’s graduation time in the Philippines, the most important day in the life for any aspiring student and especially for the children at the Preda home for girls and boys rescued from broken homes, abusive situations, brothels and jails. They all have a new life.

This March, two girls, Eileen and Maryann, and two boys proudly graduated from high school. No easy feat for those coming from impoverished backgrounds. The girls swept up all the honors and awards for excellence and leadership. Every hardship can be overcome, light can shine from darkness and in Easter we need to see that in real life more and more. No matter how hard, dark and hopeless life may seem, there are good loving people out there willing to help and give support to anyone in need.

Read complete article:
Graduation: light from darkness - The Manila Times

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posted by Señor Enrique at 7:19 AM


Blogger Panaderos said...

Congratulations to those kids for a job very well done! I'm very happy for them and I hope that they continue to become very positive role models for other kids out there who are in tough and impoverished situations.

Thanks for sharing this article, Eric.

March 30, 2008 7:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to those kids! Definitely a moment to be proud of oneself.


March 30, 2008 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was third year high school at St. James when we had a retreat there. At that time, the bases were there and the controversy along with the infamous rift between Sen. Gordon (nee mayor of Olongapo)and Fr. Shay Cullen persist. In good terms na ba sila ngayon?

My kudos goes to OFW parents, especially to those who couldn't make it on their child's graduation day.

You know, kahit wala na sa kanila basta may maipadala lang.

If I could only make them home even only on this special day.

But then Senor, I'm just a dreamer..

March 30, 2008 1:56 PM  

Blogger  gmirage said...

Those rails are really something to photograph! I posted one a while back as the symmetry amazes me!

March, yep, the month when we hear the song; 'Farewell to you my friend, we'll see each other again, don't cry coz its not the end of everything....' and then you'll hear the graduates crying! Oh nice to remember them.

Congratulations to those who'd graduate with flying colors...I used to be one of them but in college I was on the danger of not even graduating lol! Its funny how one takes classes so lightly but when graduation nears, the cramming is really obvious =D

March 30, 2008 4:21 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

An uplifting story !
Congrats to those kids!

March 30, 2008 6:03 PM  

Blogger nutart said...

congratulations to the graduates wherever they are...especially those who toiled and persevered in spite of lack of "anything and everything."

To parents and guardians and stockholders (that's what patrons of school children are called here) who made tiyaga giving out baons, school obligations, transpo allowances aside from the tuition well as their encouraging (or not) words to the schoolers.

The best reward we have had as to one of our "scholars" is that she can now answer my husband in straight English!

March 30, 2008 6:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very happy to read about this, Eric. I've had a lot of Eileens and Maryanns among my students and I am proud to say that students who are financially handicapped are those who also work the hardest. I am proud of them!

March 30, 2008 8:28 PM  

Blogger mgaputonimimi said...

congrats sa kanila!!!

maliwanag ang bukas para sa kanilang lahat. mapalad sila dahil napunta sila sa preda homes..

sana yung mga ibang bata din sa kalye..

March 30, 2008 11:17 PM  

Blogger Francesca said...

They deserved to be help and they show their gratitude by keeping it on top grades.

I dont mind helping people like eileen and maryann.
I dont get paid in return but if they are doing well, its already the best reward from the giver and to the beneficiary as well.
We'll never know, they end up one of our future president.

March 31, 2008 1:16 AM  

Blogger JayAshKal said...

Congratulations to these kids and of course, to the tenacity of Fr Shay Cullen. He is epitome of a Catholic Priest helping our less fortunate kababayan.

Mario (from Gapo)

March 31, 2008 3:48 PM  

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