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Araneta Foundation joins Project Saysay benefactors

J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc. officially joins the league of Project Saysay benefactors during the celebration of the 121st anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence and the 6th founding anniversary of Project Saysay on 11 June 2019 at Gateway Gallery, Gateway Tower of Araneta Center in Quezon City. The Foundation handed over 200 Project Saysay prints to its first four beneficiary schools in Cubao, Quezon City.

Recipient schools are Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School with 50 Project Saysay prints handed over for its 25 classrooms, benefiting 1,474 students; Cubao Elementary School with 72 prints for its 36 classrooms benefiting around 2,000 students; 15th Avenue Elementary School, with 30 prints for 15 classrooms, benefiting 434 student; and Eulogio Rodriquez, Sr. Elementary School with 52 prints for its 26 classrooms, benefiting around 1000 students.

Gracing the handing over ceremony were J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc. Executive Director Diane Romero and Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary for Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla. Also, in the ceremony was Francisco Moreno, President & CEO of Ibarra Watches. It was the Ibarra Watches that initiated the design standardization of Project Saysay prints by commissioning the painter Mark Villanueva to portrait the images of the honorees in April 2018.

Mama Sita's Foundation, Inc. also presented basket full of Mama Sita's products to guests and partners.

This distribution of Project Saysay prints was the first in 2019. This, after Project Saysay shifted its material for its prints from sintra board to medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Project Saysay and DepEd was signed. Project Saysay also took the opportunity to expand its pantheon of honorees from 25 to 31, with six new additional honorees.

The new Project Saysay prints now include Francisco Baltazar, author of timeless Florante at Laura; Magdalena Jalandoni, first Filipina published novelist and pillar of Hiligaynon literature; Isabelo de los Reyes, folklorists, historian, founder of Iglesia Filipina Indepediente, and labor leader; Vicente Sotto, Sr., nationalist writer, journalist, and acclaimed Father of Cebuano Literature; Carlos Bulosan, premiere Filipino playwright abroad and a noted labor rights champion in the U.S.; and Cesar Adib Majul, historian and notable Muslim nationalist.

The said prints are the first batch to carry the new motto of Project Saysay, “May Saysay ang Kasaysayan” (We Find Examples in History). The motto is inspired by the remarks of diplomat Felipe Agoncillo to Apolinario Mabini in July 1898.

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