The end is just the beginning of something new.
We bid our bittersweet farewells to our Regent’s Scholarship Program pioneer Class. To formalize the start of their next step to being a full-fledged Thomasian doctor, the first Year-ender was held last August 28, 2020, at 9am to 11AM 8+GMT. Initially set to be held on-site at the University of Santo Tomas, this year’s Year-Ender was held online. It was attended by our graduates, current RSP scholars, RSP Chair and Selection Committee and Board of Trustees. The ceremony was opened by a prayer led by one of the recent graduates, Jochebeth Joi Trocino. Fr. Angel Aparicio gave the opening remarks.
After Father’s message of encouragement, Evelyn Songco, Ph.D., Chair of the RSP Program, provided the rationale of the program. This was followed by a video presentation prepared by the current 2nd year and 3rd year RSP scholars to say goodbye to their older brother and sisters. A light-hearted story of perseverance and wit was then shared by Class ’67 alumnus Dr. Peter Fang, an advisor of AFI. Another message came from Dr. Antonio Penilla, also of Class ‘67 and a Board Member of AFI. The life lessons shared are priceless. Their stories showed that there is no clear-cut way of pursuing medicine. The glitz, the glamor that most of us associate with medicine are filled with hardships, mistakes, and sacrifices along the way. It is sometimes easy to lose track when faced with all of this, but it is how we move forward that makes us better people. Both speakers have told the students to stay steadfast. Lastly, they reminded the scholars to take risks, achieve excellence, but remain to be gracious and humble.
Another presentation was shown from the 1st year and 4th year RSP Scholars. Followed by a message from the graduates represented by Patricia Si, RPh. A surprise Thank you video from the graduates was also shown.
To commemorate and bless them in the next chapters of their journey, the commissioning rites was presided by Fr. Aparicio. A bag of tokens was provided to each graduate, and each item was symbolic as explained by AFI DO-AR Executive Director, Ms. Annette Ward.
While the students were unpacking their bags of tokens, Ms. Ward reassured the graduates that they have found a family in the Foundation and will still be cheering them from afar. The program ended with the singing of the UST-HYMN.
The Foundation is thankful to be a part of the lives of these amazing young men and women, but this would not have been possible without the support of many of our alumni donors, their families and friends.
As Father Aparicio said,
“You are our crown. The fact that ordinary Filipinos can achieve a dream to be a Doctor of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in the University of Santo Tomas, could you have imagined that 4 years ago? 10 years ago?”
Mabuhay and congratulations! This achievement is for us all.
You may watch the full event here on our Anargyroi FMS Foundation, Inc. Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQRlbOKaRC8