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Contributed by Marilyn Abalos

Date: June 1, 2020Posted by: Marionette Martinez

A number of Paulinians in the US have donated funds to provide PPEs and support for Frontliners at St. Paul Hospitals and Clinics in the Philippines. Launched during Holy Week in April, Paulinians and friends’ Easter Gift was over $8,200.

Headed by Sister Evangeline Anastacio, SPC, donations were centralized via SPU Manila to provide PPEs including masks, face shields, coveralls, head caps, shoe covers, gloves, alcohol and bleach to Paulinian Frontliners. St. Paul Hospitals in Metro Manila, Baguio, Tuguegarao, Nueva Vizcaya, Cebu, Iloilo, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Antique, Bukidnon, and Cavite were served, as well as Paulinian Clinics throughout the Philippines.

“I sincerely appreciate the donors,” Sister Evangeline, President of St. Paul University Manila, said. “I am aware that the USA was badly affected too by the pandemic, especially in NY, but despite that, you still extended your help to us. May God reward you a hundredfold for your generosity and kindness. I am truly truly grateful!"

Paulinians from New York to Hawaii, California to Canada extended support for St. Paul Hospitals and Clinics. In addition, a number of US based Paulinians contributed through their respective class batches to help St. Paul.

“Caritas Christi Urget Nos - the charity of Christ indeed came to being as many Paulinian alumni generously donated to support their alma mater Sisters and hospitals,” Techie Ignacio Gonzalvo, said. “As a Paulinian from Kindergarten through college, graduating in 1974 with a BSN, it was definitely and without a doubt, a paying it forward moment. The need for Personal Protective Equipment is evident for the Sisters, nurses, and other frontliners in the hospitals and facilities of St. Paul. This is just a small and humble way of continuing to support our beloved alma mater!”

Jane Singson Fields coordinated collection from Paulinians and friends in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC area while Marilyn Abalos reached out to Paulinians from other states in the US. Lucy Babaran garnered the collection from Via Maries 71 alumni and Lucy Bermudez collected from Fleurs de Marie 1970 along with Corazon Canlas class 1969 Marviolette and Lucy’s sister Guia Ilao Layco class 1964 Lililmarie from California.

Led by Jane Singson Fields, Paulinians and friends from the VA, MD, WDC area donated $1,310. Donors include Jandi Arboleda, Aileen Baldo, Winkie Collas, Emerald de la Rosa, Carole Gambe Escolano, Evelyn M. Hernandez, Arabella Horwitz, Joy Karaan, Joy Maceren, Bambi Manalang, Ramon Edgardo Masakayan, Elizabeth Medina Tata, James William Moses, Judy Reyes Francia, Patricia Roldan, Jane Singson Fields, Rica Sunga Campos and Teoffy Taganas.

Donations from Marilyn Abalos and other Paulinians from around the country donated a total of $2,575. Contributions were from include Marilyn Abalos, Pauline Agatep Co, Carol Del Gallego Limjoco, Lily Gamboa O'Boyle, Techie Ignacio Gonzalvo, Rosa Bing Joaquin, Lourdes "Nina" Lapus, Marite Moreno Vella, Erlinda Obias, Lourdes “Lulu” Panteleon-Clark, Milagros Donato-Gavieres, Maria San Agustin, Patsy Santiago Schultz and Mariejo Yaneza.

“United as Paulinians , WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER," Lucy Babaran, BSN Via Maries 71, said.

Coordinated by Lucy Babaran, Via Maries 71 donated $2,050 from Angela Almeida Isidro, Norma Aquino Salud , Evelyn Arriola Sanchez, Dina Azcueta Krenzischek, Elvira Balagot, Rosa Besite Sario, Lourdes Chua Afan, Rebecca Duncan, Lina Gallardo Shaffer, Lita Garcia Tangonan, Lydia Generoso Garcia, Evangeline Imson Bondoc, Irene Miras Sze, Terry Razo Girado, Adelwisa Riate Gelle, Lucy Romero Babaran, Thelma San Andres Domingo, Herminia Sanson Flint, Fe Nieves Soltis Francisco, Nerie Tranquilino Chin, Violy Tordesillas Navo, Daisy Querubin Bose, Josie Villamil Sison and Amy Villarico Benito.

“A simple ACT of giving from the heart brings priceless gifts of Renewal and Redemption,” Violeta “Bolet” Santiano Villanueva of Fleurs 70, said, “ just as you receiving them yourself with open eyes and open ears and both extended arms to reach out to the needy…”

Headed by Lucy Bermudez of Fleurs de Marie 1970, Paulinians who donated $2,300 for PPEs to St. Paul Hospitals include from the US and Canada Emma Ambal Tolentino, Erlinda Arambulo Silva, Amelia Baldovino Lopez, Lilia Balmaceda Tidalgo, Minerva Bathan Villena, Remedios Bordon Cassel, Aurora Castillo Pulido, Rouena Cesario Agustin, Isabel Coronado Castillo, Yolanda Cruz Eisenstein, Eloisa Cuevas Joven, Corazon de Villa, Fe Pacheco Dela Cruz, Marilou de Leon Hernandez, Lorlene Delgado Canela, Frances Denoga Spears, Victoria Diaz Fojas, Francia Dizon Obias, Ellen Edano Santos, Esperanza Fajardo Fermin, Nora Francisco Lawson, Lolita Garcillano Ilano, Nora Gonzales Nario, Gladina Lapuz Lacefield, Lucy Ilao Bermudez , Teresita Leviste Demers, Mary Jane Lim Gregory, Aida Montemayor Pascual, Corazon Pontejos, Marilyn Rigunay Sevilla, Rachel Risos Thayer, Violeta Santiano Villanueva, Victoria Tobia Dungo and Jesusa Valenzuela Santos along with Esperanza Abulencia and Sabina Vina Hocson Tadena from the Philippines. Corazon Canlas class 1969 Marviolette and Guia Ilao Layco (Lucy’s sister) class 1964 Lililmarie also donated.