One of the values taught in Ateneo to its students is to become men and women for others. Jesuit education aims to produce graduates who have a great concern for everyone in the society.
Many people look at Ateneo students as socialites who care more about themselves than others. Many also think that these students are only good at partying and nothing else. However, if you take some time to get to know them, you will realize that they have so much care to give to other people. Ateneans are always ready to extend their helping hands.
I have proven this again yesterday. Many students from Ateneo de Davao University supported the mini-concert for a cause organized by my class. The said event was arranged in order to give support to my classmate (let's call him B) who greatly needs a financial support for his tuition fee this semester and his family needs. He goes to school without eating, he does not have the capacity to pay his school fees and his family is unable to pay all their debts. But despite all his financial problems, he is still able to show us his smiles and laughter. He is one of the strongest persons we know which serves as an inspiration to all of us. Because of his happy state despite everything that he is going through, we all decided to help him. We started from a simple everyday donation for him. The students from our section decided to give any amount every single day while some of us gave him grocery goods. Some of us even pledged to pay for his Kalasag (ADDU yearbook) subscription fee, his fine dining contribution and his tuition fee next semester. The class also planned for "Jam to Make a Dream Come True" where some of our classmates and friends showcased their singing talents. The tickets were valued at P20 and proceeds will go to B who is in great need of it. He also sang during the event.
With God's grace, many Ateneans supported the event. We were only expecting to sell 300 tickets but nearly 500 pieces were sold. If you do that math, total sales amounted to almost Php10,000. This amount may be a small amount to you but to B, it is much. We also gave him the everyday collections we made. All we want is to help him graduate because we believe in him. We have faith in him. I would like to thank all the people who listened to our call for help. Truly, you are a man/woman for others.
The song B sang was: "Patuloy ang Pangarap" by Angeline Quinto
Sa isang pangarapAko’y naniniwalaHindi ako titigilHangga’t aking makakaya
Unti-unting mararatingTagumpay ko'y makikitaPatuloy ang pangarap
I believe that B will reach his dreams and he will never forget how the "men and women for others" have helped him when he was in need. And for sure, some time in the future, he will become a man for others too.