Consistent academic awardee from lst year to 4th year college

 

“I believe that I was destined to study in St. Paul University Manila,” Said Mariya Magiliw Manalili.  “My feet were led to this prestigious school when I was walking along Pedro Gil Street after having lunch at Robinson’s 4 years ago.”

 

When she had learned that fateful day that she was not accepted at Philippine Normal University, she had spent the rest of the day walking the streets in Malate.  She said she was afraid to go home with the bad news that she had not yet lined up with a college.  Walking home with her friend, she saw several Paulinians come out of the St. Paul Campus probably for lunch. 

 

“It seemed like my feet thought for themselves and entered the school,” she recalled.  She signed up to take an entrance exam and inquired about the financial aid.  A few weeks later with non-stop prayer, she received “the call of my life which led me and my parents to leap and sing for joy.  I was accepted as a Paulinian scholar, one of the best blessings any student in need can ever receive!”

 

Mariya has just graduated with a BA in education majoring in Content Course (like Secondary Mathematics).  “I deeply felt the great responsibility to practice my profession whole heartedly because basic education, taught in elementary, is a critical stage for the learners,” she said.

 

“Education program in SPUM deepened my sense of nationalism and responsibility as a citizen of a country that is in need of good teachers with big and willing hearts. It provided sufficient knowledge and training that arms me in my profession. Nevertheless, learning never ends.”

 

“My professors in SPUM served as my models, trainers and inspiration to embrace my profession with conviction and excellence. They provided me with exposures that expanded my horizons and released my inhibitions.” She said, “With everything they did to contribute to the Magiliw that I am now, I am forever grateful.”

 

Having graduated from SPUM, her plans include working at St. Paul.  She said that she will serve as teacher at any St. Paul campus as fulfillment of her scholarship contract. 
 

“But also as a sign of my deep gratitude for the Paulinian education I received,” she said, “Within that two-year frame, I also plan to get my license as a professional teacher.”

 

Her education internship covered teaching reading, English and mathematics to 4th, 5th and 6th graders at St. Paul in Makati.  She was recognized as one of the Top 15 Outstanding Paulinians of the Philippines. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariya (2nd from Left) among the TOP 15 Outstanding Paulinians of the Philippines

 

“It is the most memorable successful time in my studies in St. Paul. I personally believed that I did not deserve to get in the list because I was so ordinary with no great accomplishments,” she said, “I was simply being a hardworking student who had a number of organizations participations in some events. But nevertheless, my little works influenced and were appreciated and acknowledged by the school. It was never part of my expectations from myself. With it, I, until now, am really grateful because it’s a call that I need to respond to by being a follower, a leader, a model with a mission to entice my fellowmen to serve our neighbor.”

 

“Without the assistance of financial aid, I would have not continued my education at all because my parents did not have enough income to send me even to a state university and provide me with allowance,” she said.  In addition to her work at SPUM, she also has other “sidelines” externally to supplement her earnings.  Her grandmother and aunt were Paulinians.  Mariya admires their examples as their way of life speaks for the kind of education they acquired, she said. 

 

20 year old Mariya lives in Paranaque with her parents, Marie Rita Bettina Gerardine Manalili, a retired nutritionist, and father Hector Manilili who is self-employed.  At times, she said, when money was tight, she would stay over at some of her classmates’ homes because transportation fare going to school was cheaper. “My classmates’ families were very generous, kind and warm with their accommodation.”   

 

Her interests and hobbies reflect a well-rounded enthusiastic person.  She finds strength in each activity.  They include acting in theatre, singing, communications, hosting, event and project planning, being in touch with street children, appreciating the nature, adventure hunting, serving in the church and making my family happy and loved. Her ambition also exhibits an eclectic view of life.  Citing that she would like to do and try a lot of things including theatre, environmental advocacy and helping the poor.  While she reflects that these ambitions may seem impossible to accomplish, she believes that with God’s grace, everything will fall into place and His will be done.

 

Her mother is her inspiration.  She describes her mother, “She is a profound, intelligent and principled woman who taught and reminded me to keep my feet on the ground, to sacrifice and offer to the Lord whatever is occurring in my humble life and to always seek for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit so that I will live as a good Christian. However, my model is St. Therese of Liseux because like her, I’d like my simple thoughts of goodness be offered for the greater glory of God as I strive to be like Christ to my neighbors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan Kevin V. Cuizon is a music education major in his senior year at SPUM.  Once he completes his BA degree,  he related, “I want to return the help that was given to me by kind hearted people, including the Sisters of St. Paul, by means of helping others to reach their dreams just like me and to lead them towards God.”

 

Kevin selected Music Education as his major because “this is my passion to sing, to play different musical instruments and to teach someday.”

 

He sang in his youth in a church choir in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.  The church choir did not have an organist and they had to sing acapella at all of the 9 masses every Sunday.  Prompted to accompany the choir, he decided to learn to play the organ – by ear.  He can play songs without music scores by ear and considers “this talent as a gift from God.”

 

“I used my cassette tape to hear the Mass songs and [played on] a toy keyboard,” he explained, “After a month with lots of hearing and prayer, I [was able] to play the Church organ and the whole set of Mass songs.” 

 

It was Kevin’s dream to teach music ever since he was a child, he said.  He was referred to by the University of the Philippines to study at St. Paul University.  His mentor, a graduate of St. Paul, endorsed Kevin to SPUM.  He cited that he would not have been able to study at St. Paul without the assistance of financial aid. 

 

Growing up in Cabanatuan City, he studied Philippine Statesman College on scholarship from grade school thru high school.  His parents are Joy V. Cuizon, a tricycle driver, and Marietta V. Cuizon, housewife.  The 22 year old college senior now resides in a boarding house a few blocks from SPUM campus.  Kevin has worked out adjusting to life in Manila “dealing with different people with different attitudes, which challenged me to strive hard and to pursue my studies.”

 

He experience at St. Paul has influenced him to strive for high standards in his studies and learning “to stand on my own.”  His most memorable time at St. Paul was when he was assigned by his professor in the Music Department to sing solo in one of the concerts.  “I’ve gained self-confidence which I did not have.”

 

Kevin believes that music education in the schools is important because it helps students.  “It benefits the young,” he said explaining that children who learn to appreciate music will continue to promote music.  In addition, he said that music can be a deterrent of bad habits and influence.  “As a future educator, through music I can bring them closer to God.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin (Left 2nd Row) with Music Ed Classmates and Sister Anunciata

 

Cipriano Pujante Cayabyab (or better known as Ryan Cayabyab) is his favorite composer.  He would like to follow Cayabyab’s steps some day because Kevin pointed out that like the composer he is not hampered by financial issues but work to succeed with his talent. 

 

Cayabyab is a noted Filipino composer, musician and conductor who came from modest beginnings and worked his way to the University of the Philippines where Senator Salvador Laurel provided him with a scholarship to complete his BA degree in Music.  His works range from commissioned full length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, Mass set to unaccompanied chorus, orchestral pieces, and commercial recordings of pop music, film scored and TV specials.  He has performed and conducted in the Asia, Europe and the US including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Cayabyab is executive director of the Philpop MusicFest Foundation, host of the Philippine Popular Music Festival, a songwriting competition for amateurs and professionals. 

 

“As my beloved Dean Sister Anunciata told me that there is nothing wrong about that (financial problems) as long as you have the talent,” said Kevin, “Mr. Cayabyab for me is a living legend just like Mozart.” 

 

“I know that God is with me and this is my way of glorifying him.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TO DONATE

 

Your donation to the Fluer-de-Lis Fund of St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA would support student financial aid enabling many students in need to complete their college education at St. Paul.. 

 

To donate:  Please make your check out to:  St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA, Inc. , Memo:  Donation

Mail to:  St. Paul Manila Alumnae, Inc.,    4 Park Avenue, #16G, NY, NY 10016

 

Or send your donation online to www.chase.com via Quickpay to:  spmausa@gmail.com

 

NOTE:  You can set up a monthly donations schedule through Quickpay.  You will have to sign up on Quickpay but you do not need a Chase bank account to use Quickpay.  However you will need to know your own bank’s routing code (listed on your check).

SCHOLARS OF ST. PAUL...

 

 

JAN KEVIN V. CUIZON

“This is my passion to sing…to play music…and to teach…”

MARIYA MAGILIW M. MANALILI 

"A Paulinian scholar - one of the best blessings"

 

TO DONATE

 

Your donation to the Fluer-de-Lis Fund of St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA would support student financial aid enabling many students in need to complete their college education at St. Paul.

 

To donate:  Please make your check out to:  St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA, Inc. , Memo:  Donation

Mail to:  St. Paul Manila Alumnae, Inc.,    4 Park Avenue, #16G, NY, NY 10016

 

Or send your donation online to www.chase.com via Quickpay to:  spmausa@gmail.com

 

NOTE:  You can set up a monthly donations schedule through Quickpay.  You will have to sign up on Quickpay but you do not need a Chase bank account to use Quickpay.  However you will need to know your own bank’s routing code (listed on your check).

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