Do-re-me-fa? Okey, let us start from the very beginning, and I know everyone is a good singer. Sing with your feelings and emotions, our caroling will bring the best Christmas spirit to our hosts,” Frank Urbano, QPAM’s musical director gives instructions to the officers and members of the Quezon Province Association of Manitoba as they rehearse relentlessly to Christmas songs to be sang to their more than thirty host families.
For many years, the officers of members of QPAM have been visiting families to bring tidings to their homes. And with the good charitable purposes: Yearly scholarship to a qualified student in Quezon Province who will pursue a post-secondary education. At present, QPAM’s current scholar is Rocelle Ann Gando who will be graduating this coming March 2016 with a degree of Psychology at the Southern Luzon (Tagalog) State University.
“We do sponsor Rocelle for a 4-year course, to help her to obtain a higher education. And we are very happy for what she has been doing at the state university in Lucban, Quezon, and thru our caroling, we are able to sustain her financial needs to finish the course, and deep in my heart, I have to thank our advisers, officers, members and the host families for helping us raise the money for our scholarship project, it is a daunting effort, and yet we are able to meet the challenges with a smile,” said Maggie Chan-Urbano, president of QPAM.
The following host families include: Nov. 27 – Rodolfo/Tess Reman, Leo/Norma Parel and Emmie Pagaduan; Nov. 28 – Lutzy Lotseng, Marina Aguilar & Carmen Andrada, Sening Lopez & Family; Dec. 4 – Arlyne Jutiz, Pipo Sarmiento & family; Dec. 5 – Randy/Faye de los Reyes, Gloria/Henry Macadangdang and Espie & Alex Abelladar; Dec. 6 – Rowena Memita, Eddie/Lourdes Clorina; Dec. 11 – Fhem & Alex Manansala, Carmelo Tumambing, Athan/I-ly Inoc & family; Dec 12 – Moises and April Atienza, Eastern Chrysler dealership, Juvy/Filbert Rosales & family, Rene & Leisa Castro/ Philip Cruz; Dec. 13 – Renuel & Lina Aguilar, Carmen/Tex de Luna; Dec. 18 – Ross/Violy Tabinga, Donna/Jason Valenzuela, Adrian/Shy Arellano, Arjay/Meagel De Jesus; Dec. 19 – Linda Lim & John Merluza Family, Nemie Ariola & family, Cesar/Malou Ignacio, Oly/Precy Merluza & Family.
Financial contributions were donated by Leah Enverga-Magsino, Linda Tseng, Precy & Manny Fabre, Rolin & Sofie Mutya and Rod E. Cantiveros.