“Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.” Eli Broad
By Alex P. Vidal
CONCEPCION, Iloilo – Almost a year after the super-typhoon Yolanda devastation, elementary pupils at the Borres-Canong Elementary School in Brgy. Batiti here received early Christmas gifts from a balikbayan member of the Borres-Canong clan October 27.
School principal Ruviespiere Tupas said his pupils, from pre-school to grade 6, received more than 200 sets of school bags containing school supplies and hamburgers from a popular burger store in Iloilo City, from Chicago-based philanthropist Rhea Borres-Canong, who was assisted by Ulanie Salinas Lataquin, Nic Lataquin, and Cathy Borres.
Tupas, eight school teachers led by Leah Z. Declaro and village chief Melvin Obillos witnessed the distribution in a brief program inside the seven-classroom elementary school.
Borres-Canong Elementary School lost its main building during the November 8, 2013 super typhoon known internationally as Haiyan.
“We were inside the school when we saw the ceiling of the building fly away,” Obillos said.
Since November 8, 2013, people in Barangay Batiti, with a population of 950 as of 2013, have recovered eighty percent, Obillos averred.
Tupas, meanwhile, thanked some of the non-government organizations (NGOs) that extended help to the school led by Save the Children, GMA Kapuso Foundation, OSM Shipping Company, and Iloilo Central Elementary School.
Leopoldo Borres, older brother of Rhea’s mother, Aurea, said the lot where the school stands, was donated by his parents Rosendo Borres and Consejo Posadas.