Let Our Light Shine – Kristine Balmes

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SBC-Grade-3-Neptune-300x213Reuniting with old friends and batchmates we haven’t seen in 23 or so years was enlightening.  Some still look the same while others changed to a point that they can no longer be recognized. Some are as naughty and witty as they used to while some of the quiet ones became more outspoken. Some got married while others remained single. Some remained friends while others made new ones. These are what usually happens when a reunion is being planned.

But for St. Bridget College (SBC) Grade School Batch ’88, it didn’t end there. Having realized that there is a fellow batchmate in need brought out the best in most of us if not all of us.

As our former school’s motto “Let your light shine” entails, our group, 254 former students of SBC, who simply wanted to keep in touch and reconnect with the group ended up making life-changing decisions not for ourselves but for others. Specifically for our dear friend and batchmate,

Engr. Glenn S. Mayo, who is suffering from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).

Glenn is so dear to each one of us that we didn’t simply want to give him support and financial donation, but we also want to help him and his family with whatever they need. This is the reason why we connected with EPCALM Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines. And now that the foundation is helping us help Glenn, our group feels that there is more that can be done.

It took a while for the group to gain momentum to form as a unit to come up with a project but once we did, we overcame a lot of obstacles just to make things move faster. We believe that helping others and doing things for others came more naturally for each one of us more than it used to. We, as a group, have gained more confidence that through cooperation and dedication to a single purpose we can make things happen and let our light shine for others.

  Our simple reunion has turned into something more meaningful because of Glenn. We will continue to pray for his recovery, as well as continue to help him and his family. Batch ’88 will never be the same again. We will continue to let our light shine and we will do it together.



By Kristine G. Balmes

Glenn’s Batchmate

Feb 2, 2012 at 4:48 AM

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