“In everything we do, we do it with all our hearts, sweat and tears. All of these are for the dream of every out-of-school youth, of every youth in Zamboanga City” SUGPAT Program Director Kiko Miranda said in his opening message during the gathering organized by SUGPAT.

The month of September marks the founding anniversary of the SUGPAT Program. This year, SUGPAT celebrates its 4th founding anniversary by gathering people who have been part of the success of the program. 

The gathering was attended by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University President Fr. Karel San Juan SJ, Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts (ALSPA) Fellows from both first and second batches, partners from the Ateneo de Zamboanga (AdZU) community, and the program’s service providers, among others. 

“Every September, we would like to commemorate the history of a program that started as a very small project as an emergency response back in 2015,” Program Director Kiko Miranda continued “and who would expect that from that small project, it suddenly became bigger and bigger until it became a big adolescent development program.”

ALSPA Batch 1 Class President Franuel Follosco shared his testimony as a former fellow. During his testimonial, he expressed his gratitude to the program, “I would like to thank SUGPAT because I have come so far because of it. I used to be the type of person who has no dream. When I got into the program, SUGPAT taught me how to dream again.”  

During the event, guests shared their memories of the program. Ma. Pilar De Guzman, one of the family facilitators during the SUGPAT Family Program said, “During the training and the implementation of the activities, we not only gained skills to handle the psychoeducation for families, but we also gained a family.”

Held at the Faustino Saavedra Building, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, an exhibit of SUGPAT’s success stories were also featured at the event. The photos and the stories of the ALSPA Fellows were displayed at the venue.

“Seeing our photos when we were still fellows of the program brought a lot of memories that I cannot forget,” Kissa Benedicto, a former ALSPA Fellow said. 

Also part of the celebration was the announcing of the winner of the Bawat Pangarap Music Video Competition. Watch the winning entry here. 

“We do our best with the gifts that God has given us and we try to use them for the common good, for the good of everyone. To help people discover their talents, discover your gifts and use them for other people. To help other people who are in need. That is what’s happening in SUGPAT. That’s why it is becoming bigger, better and more influential,” AdZU President Fr. Karel San Juan SJ said. 

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