Thursday, January 21, 2021

102-Year-Old School In Sorsogon Gets New SM School Building

The newly built two-story SM School building is now ready to cater students from Basud Elementary School in Sorsogon City!

World Vision And KOICA Help Over 13500 Families Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic In Marawi

Around 13,500 families in Marawi City received assistance as part of World Vision and KOICA’s health response.

World Vision Alarmed By Students Selling Sensual Photos Online To Support Their Education

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Make This A Year For Reinvention With Globe And Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G And S21 Ultra 5G

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SM Scholar Alumna Becomes Agent Of Peacebuilding In Conflict Affected Areas

SM Scholar Alumna Becomes Agent Of Peacebuilding In Conflict Affected Areas

Spotlight

102-Year-Old School In Sorsogon Gets New SM School Building

The newly built two-story SM School building is now ready to cater students from Basud Elementary School in Sorsogon City!

World Vision And KOICA Help Over 13500 Families Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic In Marawi

Around 13,500 families in Marawi City received assistance as part of World Vision and KOICA’s health response.

World Vision Alarmed By Students Selling Sensual Photos Online To Support Their Education

Here are some agencies where you can report incidents of child abuse and sexual exploitation:

Make This A Year For Reinvention With Globe And Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G And S21 Ultra 5G

This is it! The new Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in 5G with Globe!

One of the distinct characteristics that SM scholars possess is that they always uphold excellence in their respective chosen fields. Carissa Cruz, one of SM Foundation’s scholar alumni, shared during a kumustahan session how she continues to strive for excellence at work and in life in general.

Looking back, Carissa recalled how their family struggled to make ends meet as her father (a house painter) and mother (a seamstress) both have unstable sources of income. “With my four brothers and myself, we were aware how difficult our finances were – to the point that we can’t even buy a door for our house. I started working at 10 years old as a babysitter during my Elementary School days and subsequently as a bookkeeper for my Aunt’s bakery to finance my own High School education. As I know that education will be the start of a better future, I applied for the SM Foundation Scholarship Program.”

Through the SM Group’s scholarship program, Cruz finished BS Accountancy as magna cum laude at Meycauayan College in Bulacan and became a certified accountant in 2014. “I am the first professional in my family. Quoting the man who supported my college education, the late Tatang Henry Sy, Sr, ‘If you will it, it can happen.’ True enough I was able to finance the education of my two younger brothers—one now finished BS Marketing at Jose Rizal University while the other is currently taking up BS in Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.”

Since 2014 she has been working as an accountant, tax adviser, external auditor, financial controller, quality management reviewer and lead internal auditor for private companies. She has also volunteered as a Peace Advocate on the side to help and give back to the country.

Just recently, she was appointed Director IV under the International Cooperation and Partnership Department at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)—an Executive Office under the Office of the President—where she found greater purpose of serving her countrymen. Part of her current role entails being deployed and strategize initiatives that that will help unleash social development in conflict-sensitive and war-torn areas in Mindanao such as Marawi and Zamboanga – which in turn will bring long lasting peace.

SM scholar alumna Carissa (2nd from right, 1st row) with her parents and siblings

She is now finishing her Juris Doctor degree at De La Salle University-Bonifacio Global City to combine her skills in finance, legal and peace advocacy to become an effective agent of change. Paying it forward, her goal is to instill a strong financial management system rooted in strong policy and guided by the legal framework that promotes transparency and accountability and eradicates corruption in the government.

To conclude, she gave a reminder to all aspiring SM scholars, “Please keep in mind that real success requires step after step and choice after choice; it demands education, the right amount of passion and commitment, persistence, grit, and patience. While intelligence is important, IQ is not the only thing separating successful students from the strugglers. Never cease to grow and stop learning. When you stumble, which surely you will, just continue to move forward. Because it will lead you to greater things in the future.”

SM Foundation, through its Scholarship program, provides deserving and qualified students with access to college education and technical-vocational studies since 1993. To date, SMFI has supported almost 5,500 scholars nationwide. The online scholarship application for School Year 2021-2022 will open on January 1 and end on February 28, 2021.

For more information about the SM College Scholarship program, visit www.sm-foundation.org and follow its social media accounts @SMFoundationInc (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube).

PH Signs Deal With AstraZeneca For 17M Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccine

The Philippines has signed its second wave of securing another 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines!

Biliran Town Allots PHP20-M For Covid-19 Jabs

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Gov’t Assures Equitable Vaccine Distribution

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Animal Health Body Declares PH Now Bird Flu-Free

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San Juan Concludes Dry Run Of Covid-19 Vaccinations

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19 Couples Tie Knot In NegOcc Mass Wedding

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Gordon Proposes Training More Pinoys In Vaccination

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PSE, PDS Urge Congress To Pass CREATE Bill

The newly proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) aims to make the Philippines an attractive investment hub!

SM Scholarship Program Receives Support From SM EDD

SM Foundation’s College Scholarship Program continues its mission to support economically challenged but deserving students by providing them access to quality education!

Spotlight

102-Year-Old School In Sorsogon Gets New SM School Building

The newly built two-story SM School building is now ready to cater students from Basud Elementary School in Sorsogon City!

World Vision And KOICA Help Over 13500 Families Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic In Marawi

Around 13,500 families in Marawi City received assistance as part of World Vision and KOICA’s health response.

World Vision Alarmed By Students Selling Sensual Photos Online To Support Their Education

Here are some agencies where you can report incidents of child abuse and sexual exploitation:

Make This A Year For Reinvention With Globe And Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G And S21 Ultra 5G

This is it! The new Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in 5G with Globe!

Lifestyle

POND’S And Shopee Deliver ‘Smarter Skincare’ With First AI-Powered Chatbot

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Max’s All-You-Can™ Is Back And Better Than Ever!

Hindi lahat ng nang-iiwan, hindi na bumabalik. Max’s All-You-Can is back!

Yellow Cab Introduces Its New Thin Crust Pizza, Starting At Just P249

New year new taste. Yellow Cab's New York Style Thin Crust Pizza is now available. The price starts at P249!

Mrs. Garcia’s: The Meat Of The Matter For The New Normal

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Entertainment

IRL Moves To New Timeslot Beginning January 21

IRL program hosted by Kapuso Gabbi Garcia moves to an earlier timeslot at 5:45 p.m. starting Jan. 21 on GMA News TV.

Space Sweepers Teases An Epic Space Adventure With Song Joong-Ki, Kim Tae-Ri, And More!

Get ready for Netflix's upcoming outer space sci-fi blockbuster Space Sweepers!

GMA Regional TV To Broadcast Dinagyang Digital 2021

Dinagyang Festival goes virtual. Abangan ang full coverage nito sa GMA Regional TV .

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DA, LGUs To Strengthen ‘Plant, Plant, Plant’ Campaign

Alamin paano makibahagi sa 'Plant, Plant, Plant' Campaign ng gobyerno.

PH Covid-19 Recoveries Rise By 324

DOH adds 324 more Covid-19 recoveries pushing the country's overall tally to 466,249.

IRL Moves To New Timeslot Beginning January 21

IRL program hosted by Kapuso Gabbi Garcia moves to an earlier timeslot at 5:45 p.m. starting Jan. 21 on GMA News TV.

Travel

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Nabakunahan man o hindi tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagsunod ng travel health protocols, ayon kay Duque.

Panagbenga 2021 Postponed Due To Pandemic

Walang Panagbenga ngayong taon. 🙁

Radisson Hotel Group Rises Above Challenges To Add 84 New Hotels Across Asia Pacific

Radisson Hotel Group adds 84 new hotels and resorts, covering eight of its distinct brands.

Motoring

Caltex Surges With 11 New Stations In Last Two Months To Start Strong In 2021

Caltex opens new service stations in Pampanga, Pangasinan, Bataan, Batangas, Cebu, and Bukidnon!

MRT-3 Serves Record 157K Passengers Since Covid Lockdown

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Pangasinan Bypass Road Now Open To Motorists

The 7.17-kilometer bypass road in Pangasinan is now open to motorists.