Schol­ar­ship grant with Capi­tol, Ja­pan school inked

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THE sec­ond batch of high school stu­dents who are schol­ars of the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and Miyakonojo Hi­gashi High School in Ja­pan signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) with Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr., Chair­man Yu­taka Shimizu, Vice Chair­man Brian Wee and Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram Divi­sion Head Karen Din­say at the Na­ture’s Vil­lage Re­sort in Tal­isay City, last Fri­day.

Shimizu ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for this part­ner­ship and for another op­por­tu­nity given to them by the prov­ince.

He then added that the pri­mary goal was to help bring the chil­dren closer to their dreams and that they will come back to the Philip­pines and be lead­ers of their so­ci­ety.

Be­liev­ing that “ed­u­ca­tion is the greatest so­cial equal­izer,” Marañon said that he is very thank­ful that the first batch per­formed well, and that the sec­ond batch would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the de­ter­mi­na­tion and pa­tience of the bene­fac­tor to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to the poor but de­serv­ing Ne­grense youth.

“One prob­lem of the world is partly solved be­cause of your (Chair­man Yu­taka Shimizu) big heart,” Marañon said in his mes­sage.

He chal­lenged the new batch to sur­pass the per­for­mance of the first batch,

adding that they need to take care of this once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity given to them.

The 10 schol­ars who are bound for Ja­pan for a three-year schol­ar­ship grant are Reneleen Apatan (Si­lay City), Faustinne Mar Bu­lanon (Tal­isay City), Mark Amiel Do­ri­man (Hini­garan), Zion Or­ven Gallo (Vic­to­rias City), He­lena Grace Gasa­taya (Sa­gay City), Hans Philippe Gu­ba­ton (La Castel­lana), Tr­isha Marie Lu­cio (San Car­los City), Ranzel Mag­banua (Sa­gay City), Curly Joyce Pala­cios (Cadiz City) and Lor­raine Tudillo (Bi­nal­ba­gan).

They are sched­uled to start their Ja­panese Lan­guage and Cul­ture Train­ing at Oisca Bago Train­ing Cen­ter on De­cem­ber 17, 2018./PR

RICHARD MALIHAN

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon, Jr. (seated, 3rd from left) to­gether with Miyakonojo Hi­gashi High School Chair­man Yu­taka Shimizu (seated, 2nd from left), Vice Chair­man Brian Wee and NOSP/PIO head Karen Din­say sign the MOA with the sec­ond batch of schol­ars and their par­ents, for Miyakonojo Hi­gashi High School in Ja­pan at the Na­ture’s Vil­lage Re­sort, Tal­isay City on Fri­day.

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