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Making dreams come true: PLDT-Smart Foundation turns over donation to Fr. Al’s Children Foundation, Inc.

by Katrina A. Mallari | Aug 22, 2018
PLDT-Smart Foundation led by PSF President Esther Santos turns over the donation to Fr. Al’s Children Foundation Inc. Also in photo is PLDT and Smart HR Head for Learning and Development Deng Kibanoff, 7th from left. 

Continuously advocating equal learning opportunities for all, PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) recently turned over its donation to Fr. Al’s Children Foundation, which will benefit more than 2,000 high school students in Boys Town in Silang, Cavite. 

“It is with great joy that we turn over our donation to Fr. Al’s Children Foundation. We hope that through this, more young men such as yourselves will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and someday make a difference in our nation,” said PSF President Esther Santos. 

The Boys Town senior high school students pair up for the short activity during Kibanoff’s talk. 

The ceremonial turnover of donation was followed by an insightful and engaging talk by PLDT and Smart HR Head for Learning and Development Deng Kibanoff to the Fr. Al’s Children Foundation’s senior high school students. Entitled, “10 Unsolicited Tips for a Good and Happy Life,” the talk provided great insights on how to live one’s life to the fullest as one maximizes every opportunity that comes along the way. This includes dreaming big, fueling one’s passion, and never giving up. 

Kibanoff also shared a touching and inspiring poem entitled “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley — a poem so often read by the great Nelson Mandela. The last part of the poem touches on the idea of taking control of one’s life as one keeps the faith and leaps into life’s great unknown. It says, “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” 

Passions and dreams

It seems like the same question that has been asked by teachers since the First Grade: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But Kibanoff challenged each senior high school student, daring them to dream big and do more. “It is in telling it [one’s dreams and hopes] to another that this dream is realized,” Kibanoff said. 

PSF and Fr. Al’s Children Foundation Inc. representatives and the Boys Town senior high school students pose for a group photo. 

He posed three simple yet thought provoking questions: “What  do you believe in and stand for? What is your passion? What is your dream?” 

One of the senior high school students, 18-year old Antonio Ismao answered the questions with candor. “I believe that I can graduate here and I can excel with all the skills that I have learned. I stand for my family because even if I come from a poor family, I never let this become a hindrance in achieving my dreams,” Ismao said. 

With his heart set on becoming a seaman, Ismao dreams to finish his education to help out his family. “I want to pursue my college education and help out my siblings. If not a seaman, I want to build a small business. Hopefully, it will become big someday,” Ismao said.

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