Manila, Philippines — In 2004, a group of dedicated women from the Assumption San Lorenzo high school class ‘68 (ACSLV68) established a scholarship program to help economically disadvantaged students get their college degrees. Sharing the conviction that education is one way out of poverty, they have persevered in finding ways to fund the program.
To date, 22 students have successfully completed their college degrees in various fields such as Chemistry, Civil and Electronics Engineering, Accountancy, Physics, Education, Political Science and Journalism. Some of the scholars have graduated with honors: Magna Cum Laude (Chemistry, Physics and Education), and Cum Laude (Accountancy, Education, HR Development Management and Journalism). Two others are working to complete their postgraduate degrees in Molecular Medicine and Law.
There are 13 scholars currently enrolled in Medicine, Architecture, Management, Customs Administration, Accountancy, Development Communication, Civil Engineering and others, at UP (Manila and Los Baños), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Batangas State University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Jose Rizal University, Don Honorio Ventura State University (Pampanga).
Now on its 7th year, the pop-up Birds in Paradise has become a much-anticipated annual event in Makati. Selling exciting, unique and exquisite items sourced from countries in Europe and Asia, it provides financial support to the ACSLV68 education assistance program.
This year, on February 14-16, 2019, Birds in Paradise opens once more at the Makati Garden Club (10AM to 5PM, Recoletos St. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati City).