Testimonies from our Beneficiaries
PAGA is a community group that doesn’t have the same recall as Pearl Buck when mentioned together with the word Amerasians but should have the recognition and appreciation they truly deserve. As a client/beneficiary, I saw how they were instrumental in bringing Manila based Amerasians together and made us feel like one big family. These people works tirelessly to provide assistance however possible; from encouraging us to attend leadership training and self-confidence seminars, to providing educational support, to having fun with the Christmas baskets and summer outing which I recall with fond memories. From the time of Ms. Abel, Ate Chari and Mr. Robbins to the present leaders Mr.Holz, Ms. Deanna and Rory, thank you. I am tremendously grateful to the caring people of PAGA for making us Amerasians feel we are loved.
Source: PAGA on Facebook
BS Entrepreneurship, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig
Graduated April 2016
N.B. Jan Nadine has been a PAGA beneficiary since 2006, Grade 4, age 9
I cannot find the exact words about I really felt with the experiences I had in my whole school days. Until now I cannot imagine that I pass through all the challenges I face mostly in my college days. I thank Philippine American Guardian Association (PAGA) for unexplainable support in my whole academic years. Thank you for encouraging me in times I felt so down in terms of financial problems. I had a lot of learnings given by this association. Sabi ko nga “kung wala siguro tayong nakukuhang assistance sa PAGA hindi ako makakatapos kaagad“.
There is one thing I cannot forget. This is when a PAGA member say to me “nagsasalita ka na” happened in summer youth camp in Cavite. I smiled because I realize they were right. I end with this line PAGA EXPERIENCE IS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES I HAD.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
JAZVEE MARIAH ALFARO
Bachelor in Elementary Education, City of Malabon University
Graduated April 2016
N.B. Jazvee has been a PAGA beneficiary since 2001, Grade 1, age 6
A beautiful day to you Ma’am/ Sir. I Am Mariah Jazvee Alfaro, one of beneficiaries of Philippine American Guardian Association (PAGA). I graduated at City of Malabon University with the degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education. It’s been 4 years that I have tried to finish my studies. Now, here I am. Holding this degree, that is because PAGA and my family were there to support me. I want to thank PAGA for all what they did. You are the reason behind it. I even became pregnant by that time but you still supported me. Whether financial or school needs, PAGA provided it. I am very happy and lucky that I have chosen to be one of your beneficiaries. I’ll never forget all of this. I appreciate what you have done to me. And I’m hoping that this Association keep stronger. A big thank you to all of the members of PAGA.
BEED-SPED, Earist – Manila
Robert Robbins College Scholar 2011-2014
I am Glady C. Yabut, 19 years of age and a PAGA beneficiary. I am one of PAGA’s scholars, graduate of BEED-SPED at EARIST as Cum Laude. I have five siblings, and I am second to the youngest. All six of us are PAGA’s beneficiaries. Ever since we were little, we have been receiving help and benefits from PAGA such as school supplies, groceries during Christmas, medical assistance, house building assistance, seminars, training, workshop outing and youth camp. We are proud to say that we are products of PAGA.
PAGA has been our refuge in time of need. And not even once did PAGA fail or disappoint us. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all the people of PAGA for your continuous support, guidance, compassion and trust. You have provided me growth opportunities and trusted in my abilities. Every seminar, training and youth camp of PAGA has contributed to my interpersonal skills. I have learned to be responsible, to be disciplined, and to interact and communicate effectively with different people.
I am able to continue my studies because of the help that PAGA continues to provide. With that, I do everything I do with excellence as a way to give back. Above all, I would like to praise God for using PAGA as an instrument to help me and my family rise up from poverty that we grew up in, and to continue to reach for our dreams. A million thanks for your dedication, trust and commitment in helping young people like me who have many dreams in life, dreams that will someday be a reality, dreams to help our family.
Technical Drafting, Earist – Manila
Dear Board of Trustees,
To all of the Board and sponsors of PAGA, in behalf of my family, I thank you for supporting me in my studies and for encouraging me to keep up my schooling until I graduate. I also thank you for being my second guardian for many years. I praise God because there is an organization like PAGA who keeps supporting and helping Amerasian youth like me without expecting anything in return.
So now that I have finished my studies, once more I thank you. I hope you will appreciate my little gift. This diploma is a reward to my family for their hard work, just for me to finish my studies.
God bless you PAGA. I will never forget what you have done for me.
BS Accountancy, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Oct 2013)
My third life code states that the highest place that I could ever go is always at the foot of the cross. Now that my end in college has come into reality, I make it clear that the glory always belong to God. Whether our faiths are different, this is what I believe. But at the end of the day, whatever my plans may be, the Lord’s purpose will always prevail (Prov.19:21). As part of God’s purpose, I recognize that God uses people, institutions, organizations, teachers, mentors, and even situations to be in line with His will. In other words, I’ll have to give credit where credit is due. And there the role of Philippine American Guardian Association (PAGA) comes in.
This is my humble beginnings.
When I was born on the 17th day of February, 1992, PAGA was already established. Its unparalleled gracious hands have always been evident through generations. From the generation of my passed grandfather, Maximino B. Restor, up to mine, the help of PAGA in providing help, guidance, and motivations to these generations enables us to pursue our dreams, i.e., to graduate in college. It all started in giving educational assistance, which I believe until now, is a continuous activity. Though poverty is a rampant scenario to be used as an excuse, I am one of those who are gratefully taking each day as a day to be thankful for to God and also to PAGA who gave me a chance to be whom I want to be. Every school year in grade school and high school, I was really excited because notebooks, ballpens, crayons, pencils, and different kinds of paper will be there to haunt and surprise me. Yes, and until college days, it still haunts me.
Not just educational assistance, but also there are several things that PAGA helped me to experience. I’ve attended relevant seminars which they’ve conducted for us, that it may be helpful in understanding life outside of school. They also enabled me to experience to go to places for the first time. I already made it to Baguio City when I was still a kid. The freshness of air and the mystery of the barrel man keep me wondering to go back to that place once more. I also experienced going to Loreland in Antipolo City, and also to Sofitel in Pasay City. I was privileged to be in a gathering there, that I couldn’t remember anything, except for the ambience that possesses of paramount beauty. Retreats, medical missions, and Phil-Am gatherings are to name a few things I enjoyed being a member of PAGA.
I was also a scholar of PAGA. For many years, they’ve provided me financial assistance to pursue college and made it to the end. I was grateful for it. The amount was not that huge, but my heart could not contain the gratefulness for their open-armed support for me. Now that I am reviewing for the CPA licensure examination, I’ll always look back to what PAGA had imparted to me—to be joyfully serious in life, that I may also help others in return. Paying it forward, I should say.
I would like to take this opportunity to humbly thank the people behind this institution. From the pioneers, sponsors, and workers, you all made me feel loved. I can’t thank you enough for the graciousness you’ve showed me. You are truly an epitome of what a Good Samaritan possesses. This speech is an understatement of what my heart truly feels. To PAGA, mahal ko po kayo. I’ll always keep in mind the things I’ve learned from you. I pray that the great God pours out His favor for you and your desires to help others.
This has always been Mark Bryan L. Restor, a certified member of PAGA family, saying thank you very much. To God be all the glory.