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Contributed by Marilyn Abalos

Date: February 12, 2019Posted by: Marionette Martinez

2019 Golden Jubilarians, High School Class 1969, awarded a special donation to St. Paul University Manila and St. Paul Manila Alumnae Foundation Inc. (SPMAFI) at the Homecoming Event on Sunday, January 27th, in Manila. Marilyn Abalos and Patsy Santiago-Schultz, Co-Chairs of St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA, on behalf of HS Class 1969, presented checks of $5,000 each totaling $10,000 to Marionette Ocampo-Martinez for St. Paul University and Sherry Lara-Alingod for SPMAFI that evening.

Patsy Schultz said that the founding members of the St. Paul Alumnae USA were Paulinians of Class 1969 residing in the US. She noted that the donated funds have been dedicated for scholarships, St. Paul Music Therapy Center, and St. Paul community outreach projects. “Established in 2015, our primary mission is to support St. Paul and to connect with Paulinians and build an alumni community in the US and Europe.”

Patsy expressed the sincere interest and deep commitment to give back to St. Paul—citing a legacy Class 1969 wished to extend to the students and community of St. Paul. Marilyn credited the Board who have helped “big and small” in raising funds for St. Paul. She also acknowledged Paulinians from all campuses and graduating batches, as well as the interest and support of friends, families, and Filipino Americans throughout the US.

Board members of St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA include Patsy Santiago-Schultz, Maripaz Calero, Marite Moreno-Vella, and Marilyn Abalos, as well as former board members, Carol Del Gallego-Limjoco, Winnie Abaya-Morgan, Nieva Quezon-Burdick, Consuelo Bautista-Babula and Louie Atienza-Naing. In addition, newest Board members were introduced: Leila Dizon- Sumulong (HS 1972) and Nenette Ballon-Shlasko (BSN 1976).

Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Alingod conveyed the appreciation and thanks of St. Paul University Manila and SPMAFI at the presentation, recognizing the efforts of St. Paul Alumnae USA to support the school, especially the SHS Scholarship Program, “A Hundred Dollars for a Hundred Dreams.”