MAKATI City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. on Wednesday announced that seven scholars of Philippine Normal University (PNU) who are funded by the city government recently graduated from their respective courses in education, three of them with distinction.
Binay thanked the new graduates for “valuing the efforts of the city government to support them in their pursuit of higher education.”
“We are very positive that they are now better equipped to succeed in their chosen profession,” he said.
According to a report from the city Education Department, there were two cum laude graduates while another received a Thespian Leadership Award among Batch 2015 of Makati’s scholars at PNU.
The honor graduates who all earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education were Demmylor Bagalan, English major, cum laude; Trina Arrianne Manalili, Social Science major, cum laude; and English major John Marvin Balinuyos, Thespian Leadership Award recipient.
Other PNU scholars of Makati who graduated this April were Charry Vida Cervantes, Bachelor of Secondary Education major in General Science; Clarissa Berceles, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education; Leobert Rebancos, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Teachers; and Mary Ann Camille Ferrer, Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technology Education.
Some scholars expressed their gratitude to the city government through letters sent to the Makati mayor, thanking him for the quality education they have received through the city’s public school system and facilities.
Bagalan graduated salutatorian fom West Rembo Elementary School and first honorable mention from Fort Bonifacio High School.
“During the last four years, my college scholarship from Makati has been a big help to my family. Aside from funding my college education, my stipend and allowances helped us buy medicines for my father afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis and also meet our day-to-day needs,” Manalili said.
She expressed her willingness to pay it forward to fellow citizens of Makati through dedicated public service.