We are alumni and friends of St. Mary's School, Sagada, Mountain Province, Northern Philippines, committed to helping said school overcome its financial difficulties and avert plans of closing it.
St. Mary's School, Sagada, is one of the institutions established by American missionaries to educate and free our people, the Igorots of Northern Luzon, from the bondage of ignorance and socio-economic stagnation if not decay. We fully realize that most of us could never have been what we are now had it not been for the quality of education we received from St. Mary's School. It behooves us to try and help the school continue its mission of dispensing quality education for the benefit of those coming after us.
As our late SMS alumni president, Mr. Frank Longid, would often exhort us: "We warmed ourselves with fires built by other people many of whom we have never met or alien to us, and drank from wells they dug. We, therefore, should do likewise for those coming after us particularly as they involve our very own people."
The guiding principle of our endeavor is borrowed from the St. Mary's School motto of "Aditako Bokodan di Gawis" which, in Igorot Kan-kaney langauage, means "Let us share our blessings".
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