I like Facebook and look at it everyday. A few weeks back it was a different kind of week with good news being posted everyday.
On Monday, I saw our former Night High Scholar in South Korea, heavily bundled up and posing in the snow. It was a real winter scene. She is Karen Carpentero and she now works for Ducati, Italian Motorcycles, in Quezon City. When I asked her what she was doing in South Korea she replied “I’m on vacation”. Since then I’ve seen her in the flagship showroom of Ducati, along Katipunan Road, Quezon City. She’s worked there for 3 years and is a highly productive Sales Associate. Karen and I took a picture together in the showroom and it was posted on the page of ABC Foundation.
On Tuesday I received a FaceBook message that former Night High Scholar Ivy Sedo had met her business quota for 2015 of 1.3 million Euros. Ivy, like Karen above, attended (MFI) Meralco Foundation Institute after graduating from Night High as a scholar of A Better Chance Foundation in Siena, Taytay. Ivy graduated from Instrumentation Technology and Karen from Automotive Mechanics.
Wednesday came and there was a post by former Night High and University scholar, Opalyn Calleja currently working with AVIDA Land as Leasing Associate. She asked for the bank account details of ABC Foundation so that she and two other ABC Foundation scholars, Jessica Piguerra who is now working at Yokogawa as Structural Engineer and John Ven Buenaventura working for AVIDA Land as a Site Analyst could make a donation, ‘pay it forward’ and sponsor a scholar. Well, that is the most welcome request ever! I sent our bank details to Opalyn.
Then on Thursday we got the news that we could meet two of our donors from the USA at Siena College, Taytay and introduce them to their scholars, all 8 of them. It was a joyous occasion to meet Ma am Lulu Mediana and Ma am Josie Stritehoff for the first time. It was a ‘love fest’ with scholars and sponsors and we were so happy for all. Ms. Lulu Mediana is our first donor ever to find us on Face Book and become a donor as a result of that viewing on FB. From that time Ms. Lulu was able to bring several of her friends to ABC Foundation and they are now sponsoring scholars too. Thank you, Lulu! And Ms. Lulu lives in Pittsburg, CA., about 15 miles from where I grew up in Martinez, CA.
Friday came and scholar Camille Santa Maria visited our office. We took a picture together and posted it on Facebook. We got a lot of LIKES. Camille is a 3 rd year Chemistry Scholar at (UP) University of The Philippines, Los Banos campus. A few days later I visited the Lao Foundation with Gail Pangilinan and when I told Alvin Lao, EVP and CFO of our Chemistry scholar he said, “when she graduates please send her (and any CPA graduates) to our company for a job interview”.
It was an interesting week on Facebook!
Chairman / Founder
A Better Chance Foundation