UMSigaw’s “Tinig ng Pilipinas” Bursary Recipient Story

UMSigaw’s “Tinig ng Pilipinas” Bursary Recipient Story

By Maan Frances Manaol

Let me start off by saying I am a shy person. I’m the type of person who will not talk to anyone in the room unless someone will approach me. That’s why I was never involved with anything. And being in a new country didn’t help me with that.

One day a friend of mine, Lyndon Perez, told me that the UMSigaw was offering a bursary to incoming first year and second year students entering a university.

At that time, I was about to enter the UofM. Since we are just new in Canada, I thought, “Ok, why not?”. I went to their website (umsigaw.org) and filled up the application form which also asked for a letter of recommendation and personal essay.

After submitting everything, I didn’t have to wait that long for a response. The vice president of UMSigaw , Agnus-Mariae Lucas, called me to set up an interview. I was pretty nervous. I didn’t know what kind of questions they were going to ask. But once I got there, I don’t think I can call what I had an interview; for me it’s more of a “getting to know you”. Once I entered the room, I felt comfortable. The president of UMSigaw, Linger Aragon, and Ate Agnus are really friendly.

Since I was already at the UofM, I eventually joined the group. The first general assembly was fun. I met the rest of the officers and more new faces. And when they announced that I got the bursary, I was really happy. The bursary helped me to buy text books for my fall semester. It was a big help for me because I’m only working part time and I don’t want to ask my parents for financial help.

I found out later that to continue granting bursary for the next years, UMSigaw will be placing donation cans in various Filipino venues in Winnipeg. A small amount would be a big help for the bursary.

Being the first UMSigaw bursary recipient helped me not just financially but socially. I’ve met many friends along the way. I also started to get involved in different activities like the bake sale and Asian Movie Festival which definitely helped me improve socially. It was overall a good benefit for me on all sides.