NOEL’S SPEECH AT THE DINNER DANCE AT REMBRANDT HALL
SCARBOROUGH, TORONTO JULY 26, 2003
you very much for the very kind introduction….To our
host, the Paetenian International Canada Chapter, their President,
Mrs. Thelma Mendoza Jacuban. To Kang Ver Madrinan, President
of the Federated Paetenian International, Sa aking mga tagapag-ampon
sa twing pupunta ako ng Toronto, kay Ka Onie and Ka Benny
Cadawas. I must not forget to greet my one and only “commander
in chief” and financier Evelyn Cadayona. I’d like
to acknowledge each and everyone of you tonight, but I have
only 5 minutes to do my thing, that means 4 minutes of introduction
and 1 minute of speech proper. Kaya hindi ko na po kayo iisa-isahin
at baka may makaligtaan pa ako ay mabawasan pa ako ng boto.
So to be safe, TODOS LOS SANTOS, A VERY PLEASANT AND SMILING
EVENING TO ALL.
are boring, I know, specially on occasions like this where
everybody is itching to mambo and to cha-cha and to tango.
I could almost read your faces, “come on, we came here
to dance. If we want to hear a sermon, we’ll go to the
church”. Just let me share with you an incident inside
a church. At the middle of a sermon, the priest noticed that
nobody was paying attention. Some are yawning, men are going
out to light a cigarette. So he paused for a moment, then
in a very loud voice he said: “I saw a mother pig and
9 piglets, and it is very strange that the mother pig and
the 9 piglets have horns on their foreheads!” Suddenly,
everybody was very attentive. Those who went out step right
back, all ears and eager to hear about those pigs with horns
on their foreheads. And the priest said: “Look at you
people, when I was talking about the truth and the words of
God, nobody was paying attention, now that I’m telling
you lies, everybody is listening!”
I’ll be talking about the truth of the “Alay Computer
Project”. I hope you won’t fall asleep. And no
yawning please. I have appointed a secret agent with a camera.
Any body caught yawning will be fined $100, all proceeds will
go to the “Alay Computer Project”.
far as I can recall, the “Alay Computer Project”
was conceived in cyber space by three professors who are members
of the paete e-group. Professor Angel de Dios, a professor
in Georgetown University in Washington. Professor Anne Lan
Cagahastian Candelaria a professor in Ateneo University in
Manila and Professor Rey Carolino. Rey is not a University
Professor, but he professes that he is always after the welfare
of Batang Paete, and therefore to me is more than a professor.
Alay Computer Project is very appropriate and very timely
because of the pressing problems in our public school system
today. 93%, that is 14 million out of 15 million elementary
students go to public elementary schools. There is a reported
acute shortage of Text Books and Instructional materials.
In comparison, American students have 140 times more reading
materials available to them than their Filipino counterparts.
Therefore, Alay Computer will truly fit in as it will not
only fill the gap in the lack of instructional materials,
but it will also foster creativity, cooperative and collaborative
learning, self direction and access to remote sources of information.
And therefore, the objective of Alay computer is very clear,
that is to give the elementary pupils of our 3 schools, the
opportunity to be abreast with the Modern Computer Technology
in order for them to be competitive with their counterparts
in the modern world. It’s vision was expressed poetically
in a poem entitled “Pagdating ng Panahon” in the
book of poems “Mga Tula Ni Kaka” by Ka Noel. It
pa lang ay nagsasanay na,
Sensiyang pang “Computer” na teknolohia.
Hindi pahuhuli bagkus nangunguna,
Ang Batang Paete kay husay talaga.
computer laboratories have been installed at the three elementary
schools with 16 brand new computers at the PES central, 5
at Quenale Elementary School and 4 at Ibaba. We have completed
the training of 22 teachers trained by no less than the chief
of computer science department of Ateneo de Manila and actual
hands on training have started at the opening of classes last
June to be part of the curriculum for the 3 elementary schools.
implementing arm of the “Alay Computer Project”
is a foundation dully registered at the Security and Exchange
Commission under the name of PAETENIAN ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION
AND TECHNOLOGY , PAETECH in short. Anne Lan Cagahastian is
our very energetic Chairman of the board and our esteemed
president, who will not settle for any thing less than excellent
is Mr. Raul Roque. We have 7 Board of directors and 2 honorary
directors in the persons of Rey Carolino and Dr. Angel de
would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our benevolent
benefactors who have made this project possible. First and
foremost is Dr. Angel de Dios who unselfishly contributed
U.S.$ 10,000 for this cause. Although it is unfortunate not
to have him here tonight, lets give him a big round of applause.
Then we have the P.I. Chicago Chapter headed by Mr. Joven
Ortiz who lend the foundation $ 2,000.00 which was used as
the show money in registering the foundation to the SEC, on
top of their US $ 800 contribution. Tonight a very good friend,
Mady Madrinan Rivera, will hand over a check worth U.S. $
2,500.00 as their contribution to this project. There are
a lot of individuals who have contributed, too many to be
mentioned here, some with $500, P1000, 100 swish francs, C$500.
Those who don’t have money, like me, volunteered as
work horses, from directors to dish washers. To those who
have already given their support to the Alay Computer Project,
in the name of the officers and members of PAETECH, our sincerest
gratitude. For those who are thinking of supporting the Alay
Computer Project, thank you in advance and please hurry up.
For those who are not thinking of supporting the project,
tubuan sana kayo ng tighawat sa magkabilang kilikili para
kayo’y makiliti at maisipan din ninyong suportahan ang
Alay Computer Project.
young school children will be the future leaders of our town,
our province, maybe, our country, who knows. As parents, it
is our duty to equip them with modern tools for them to be
prepared for such great responsibility. Finally, as Felly
Casilag Burgdorfer said: “I wish you enough”.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbyes.
But most of all, I wish you enough money for you to share
your fortune with the young children of Paete.
Thank you for not sleeping, good night.
From Anne Lan Kagahastian-Candelaria
Chairman of the Board
Paetenian Alliance for Education & Technology, Inc.
behalf of the men, women and children of the Alay Computer
Project, I would
like to express my deepest appreciation for all the generosity
all of you have
Mrs. Mady Madrinan Rivera, who, as Rey puts it: "use
her charm and
persuasive power in convincing the association that our Alay
Computer Project is worthy of this donation (S2,000)."
Indeed, the children of PES, QES and IES will be very happy
to hear this great news. All of us over here are working
extra hard to provide not only the hardware needs but also
enhancing the capability of the people to make sure that this
project can eventually stand on its own.
Dr. Angel de Dios, for his untiring support and patience from
beginning of this project. His dedication and passion in realizing
gave the project its "drive". Rest assured that
the children will go beyond
Word, Excel, and Powerpoint -- Alay Computer is beyond technology.
Alay Computer is all about putting heart and soul into technology,
using technology as a tool to strengthen one's heritage and
tradition, and remembering one's roots.
The PI Canada Chapter and all chapters who believed in this
project. May all of us not forget Paete, the town that gave
us fond memories of growing up, making lifetime friends, falling
in-love and falling out-of-love, and embracing family and
tradition. We are all Paetenos, in spirit and
in blood. Let us help the future of Paete live their own dreams,
own memories of love, life, friends and families through giving
them a sense
of hope -- that they can be whatever they want to be if they
strive hard enough.
To all of you who have been with us since the beginning and
who continues to be with us today, thank you. The journey
has just begun for the Alay Computer Project. We still need
your support to continue this quest -- all for the children