John Rowell M. Maraon
Bachelor of Elementary Education, Major in General Education
Central Philippines State University – Cauayan Campus

         Allow me to quote Christine Gregoire who said that “Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.” This quote represents my belief that education plays a significant role in our lives. It is an important medium of acquiring essential knowledge and skills that equip us in dealing with the complexities of life. Our world is constantly changing and developing so it is very important to teach and nurture people who will understand the problems of modern society and solve them in a fair and clear way.

        Growing up in a less privileged community, I faced financial and academic difficulties, but it has also helped me realize the value of a college education. Being a student at the Central Philippines State University (CPSU) – Cauayan Campus, has been a life changing experience and very challenging as well. When I entered college I was scared and nervous and a key reason for this was that I came from a broken family and both my sister and I were both in college. I had heard that college life could be financially draining because of tuition and miscellaneous fees, uniform and other expenses for projects, transportation, etc. However, I was also reminded by the words of my uncle that poverty should not be a hindrance to finishing college.

      I therefore feel very honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to become one of the scholars of Simplicio Gamboa Sr. Foundation Incorporated. My family and I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to SGS Foundation headed by Sir Juanito Gamboa (Chairman of the Board), Sir Edward Joseph Vitug, (President), Dr. Lily C. Go, (Trustee and Negros Officer In Charge), Maam Julie Mendoza (Scholarship Coordinator), and the rest of the staff of SGS Foundation Inc. Thank you for the financial support that was a great help for me in reaching my goal of finishing college. The burden of my family was reduced thru the financial assistance provided. Due to your generosity, I became even more motivated, focused, and determined on doing my very best; leading me to graduate Magna Cum Laude. My success is the success of the Foundation!

      Last but not least, I would like to thank my Aunt Mercy, a barbeque vendor, who raise my sister and me after our parents left us while we were still little. To students who are supported by their parents, don’t stop pursuing your dreams because you are lucky enough to have the kind of parents I never had. God bless all those who help the youth, for the youth is the future of our Fatherland, as our National Hero Jose Rizal said. More power to SGS FOUNDATION, for the foundation had helped so many young people and is continuing to do so. God bless us all!