The J. Amado Araneta Foundation, the social responsibility arm of the Araneta Group, recognized outstanding students of Bago City in Negros Occidental and awarded them with 4-year scholarships in an Assembly last 14 October at the DepEd Conference Room. The J. Amado Araneta Foundation Student Excellence Award and Scholarship is a recognition and incentive program for Grade 12 public high school top 1 graduating students in select areas in the Philippines. It aims to support academically-excellent public high school graduates in their undergraduate studies that will perpetuate the vision and mission of the Foundation.
For Bago City, the Program is done in coordination with the Office of City Mayor Nicolas Yulo and the Department of Education Division Office. It provides the Scholar-Awardees with financial educational assistance for their studies through a semestral stipend for 4 years.
The nine awardees yesterday were delighted with the recognition, with the parents proud of their children and the Scholarship they were awarded with. The Assembly had the world-renowned chef and entrepreneur, Board of Trustee of JAAF and grandchild of J. Amado, Ms. Margarita Fores, as guest of honor. A Negrense herself, she told the awardees to give priority to education, and not to forget where they come from. She went on to say, “Be proud you’re a Bagonhon. If there is no Negros, there is no Araneta City today, remember.” Ms. Fores noted that most of the Scholar-Awardees are taking up Civil Engineering. To her, this is good for Bago City. Like her grandfather whose legacy was to build the first, the biggest and the best world-class facilities for the Filipinos, she hopes the Scholar-Awardees would aspire the same.
The J. Amado Araneta Foundation Student Excellence Award and Scholarship Assembly was also attended by Mrs. Judy Roxas, the President of JAAF and Ms. Diane Romero its Executive Director; City Mayor Yulo and Vice Mayor Ramon Torres; Bago City Public High School Principals; and other representatives from the Department of Education Bago who joined the Assembly online. DepEd Superintendent Dr. Allan Yap joined the live assembly.
Bago in Negros Occidental is the birthplace of J. Amado Araneta. The Foundation that was named after him, J. Amado Araneta Foundation, continues his dream of bringing the good life to the people, with his children – Jorge, Maria and Judy, continuing his philanthropic legacy.
The J. Amado Araneta Foundation recognizes that education is one of the cornerstones for broad-based and inclusive growth, pathway out of poverty and inequality, and nation building.
[Article submitted by Glenda Carlota, J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc.]