Quantcast
Latest Stories

Helping poor students, even after death

By

Given Grace Cebanico

Saying it was what their daughter had always wanted, the parents of rape-slay victim Given Grace Cebanico is putting up a scholarship foundation in her name to help poor students through college.

“She had always wanted to help poor students. There were times when she gave her stipend to other students because they had to send theirs to their families back home,” said Marlene of her daughter, a computer science scholar of the Rizal provincial government and the Department of Science and Technology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

In the evening of Oct. 11, 2011, Given Grace, who had just turned 19, was abducted as she was walking back to her dormitory from working on a group project. Her body was discovered the next day near a canal on the outskirts of the main UPLB campus. She was raped.

Given Grace’s death sparked public outrage in a close-knit university community that prompted UPLB and local authorities to review their security measures.

Her alleged attackers, tricycle driver Percival de Guzman and bank security guard Lester Ivan Lopez Rivera, were arrested a few days later and are under trial at the Calamba Regional Trial Court in Laguna.

The Given Grace Academic Excellence Foundation Inc. has been registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 3. “It’s a wish granted from our prayer list,” said Marlene, who followed up on the SEC papers in between attending court trials.

Given Grace’s father, Daniel, is the foundation’s president, with Marlene as secretary. Also listed as incorporators were her grade school and high school batch mates, Jocelyn Cervo and Gia Gatapia, and the family’s church mates in Life in Christ and His Word Ministries, where Daniel is also a Christian pastor.

Marlene said there were “confirmations” or signs that strengthened their will to put up a foundation through donations. First, she said, was the encouragement of Dr. Vladimir Mariano, director of UPLB’s Institute for Computer Science, who agreed to be one of the advisers.

She said the idea was also discussed in a counseling that she and her husband attended after their daughter’s death.

“Until now, there are still those moments we feel the pain. But we believe everything happens as willed,” she said.

Marlene has returned to teaching at the University of Rizal System and Daniel, to the church ministry. Given Grace’s younger brother became active in sports.

The foundation’s incorporators are still drawing up the scholarship policies for college freshmen, setting up the Cebanicos’ residence in Binangonan, Rizal, as temporary office address.

They plan to open the foundation by next school year, but “hopefully launch it before Given’s birthday on Sept. 23,” Marlene said.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , Education , Given Grace Cebanico , News , Rape , Regions , Securities and Exchange Commission , University of the Philippines-Los Baños




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  5. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  6. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  7. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  8. Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  9. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  10. Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • Camilla’s brother dies in US after head injury
  • Luisita farmers storm DAR compound
  • Trillanes, Ejercito confident they are not in Napoles’ list
  • Easterlies to prevail in Luzon, Visayas
  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Entertainment

  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • Business

  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Technology

  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement