TESTIMONIALS FROM FRIENDSHIP HOME GRADUATES
“Whenever I hear the song “Wind Beneath My
Wings” I am reminded of Friendship Home. It is not just an institution,
it’s a home that gives hope, happiness, respect, faith, security and
love. It is my second home. It has not only given me financial
assistance for my studies, it has also given me moral support, making me
stronger to face life’s realities., Friendship Home has also helped in
developing my personality from being a shy person with lack of
confidence to someone able to fly with the wind beneath her wings.
After my graduation from college with a degree of Bachelor of Science in
Computer Studies I had no difficulty finding a job. After three years at
the Jardine Direct Company, Inc. where I work as a Computer Operator, I
had been selected as “Employee of the Year 2009”. I attribute my
success to Friendship Home for guiding me throughout my stay not only in
my career choice, but my life choice, for the love it has given me, a
love that continues to shine through and make me the glowing and joyful
person I am today.
- Maria Kristine F. Luneza
(Friendship Home, 2003 – 2005)
There are people born under difficult
circumstances; others, who are able to overcome these, against all
odds. My name is Marilou Rosanto Sandoval. Before I joined Friendship
Home I experienced what it meant “to live below the poverty threshold”.
I remember the many christmasses and new years when we didn’t have any
light at home (no money for electricity) and no food (my mother was the
sole breadwinner and what she earned was not enough to feed her four
daughters). I remember being bullied and insulted in school by
classmates who knew the walls of our shanty were made of worn-out
sacks; our door, pieces of old GI sheet; and our windows, sewn-together
used clothings. I experienced weeks and months of walking to school on
empty stomach. I had neither traveling nor food allowance.
All of these hardships became my raw
materials, the wellspring of an inner resolve to rise up and give a
better life to my family. In my second year of college I was blessed to
find Friendship Home and get much needed support to finish my studies.
Even then I continued to work as a Student Assistant in school and to
find part time work during vacation time to augment my mother’s
Like the other children, I had duties and
responsibilities at Friendship Home. At times I was remiss in
fulfilling them, and I got reprimanded. More lessons I had to learn on
the road to a better life. Ultimately, Friendship Home has helped me
become the Teacher I am today. After passing the government’s licensure
exams, I have become a full-pledged early childhood educator. I am very
grateful to Friendship Home for shaping me into who I am today. I hope
that someday, I could also be an instrument of giving, opening the door
for others towards a better future.
- Marilou Sandoval (FH, 2005-2007)