Lasallians chip in P4M for relief

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    LA SALLE turned compassion into effort and was able to raise P4,009,241.59 after all its 17 campuses under the De La Salle Philippines, Inc. joined hands in producing and broadcasting a seven-hour fund-raising program dubbed as “Kada-Uno Lasalyano” that was streamed live on Facebook recently.

    The money will be used to feed 1,000 families from vulnerable communities for one month.

    “Friends, we need 4,000 Filipinos to donate one-thousand pesos each and we will be able to feed 1,000 homeless families for one month,” said former La Salle president and Department of Education secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC.

    Lasallians from all generations had a hand in helping raise funds while paying tribute to the frontliners who have sacrificed in the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Lady Spikers of past and present held an online meet-and-greet session.

    Leading the cause were former La Salle standouts Michele Gumabao, Aby Maraño, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes and Dawn Macandili and current members Tine Tiamzon, Aduke Ogunsanya, Jolina Dela Cruz, Michelle Cobb, Thea Gagate, Leila Cruz, Ali Borabo, Fifi Sharma, Justine Jazareno, Juls Coronel, and Matet Espina.

    The former Lady Spikers also gave an advice to the current team.

    “Very challenging talaga ito for us kasi very uncertain ang future. Let’s enjoy this moment muna and i-appreciate natin ang mga dumadating na blessings sa atin,” said Reyes.

    Added Macandili: “Nasa inyo lahat ng answers, you just have to find it for yourselves.”

    Other former Lasallian athletes who took part in the program were three-time UAAP MVP Enchong Dee of the Green Tankers and ex-Lady Batter Ria Atayde.

    Gary Valenciano, Barbie Almalbis, and brothers Jett and Rafi Pangan all took part in the event as well. Also giving performances from during the event were bands, music orgs, and dance groups from all La Salle campuses.