MANILA, Nov. 14, 2014—With the number of enrollees in its parochial schools dropping at an alarming rate, the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) has decided to mount a Christmas benefit show at the Meralco Theater, Pasig City on Dec. 12 to offer poor, but deserving students Catholic school scholarships.
Dubbed “Patron of the Arts”, the charity event organized by the Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc. (JesCom) on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe aims to raise funds that will enable students of RCAM schools to continue enjoying the best Catholic education.
High cost of education
“Although it has been our joy and privilege to be serving and forming these young people, the financial cost of maintaining our schools has been a heavy burden for the Archdiocese,” Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle shares in a circular.
The prelate notes enrolment in RCAM’s parochial schools has gone down by three percent for the last five years with poor students opting to transfer to public schools.
“We are afraid that this trend would continue and would therefore deprive many of our young people good Catholic education and formation. We can however stem the tide. With your help, we can raise funds to provide students with scholarships or financial aid,” he says.
RCAM runs 27 schools that offer basic to tertiary education, with a third of its roughly 30,000 students receiving scholarship or financial assistance.
According to Tagle, Catholic education is one of the primary works of the Catholic Church.
Growth in virtue, faith
Through her schools, he explains young people learn about the faith and grow in Christian virtue.
“By teaching young men and women, the future of the Church and our country, the Catholic Church is undeniably following the footsteps of our Lord who came as our great teacher and prophet; we are also merely following His commission to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15),” he adds.
In obedience to Christ’s commandment, the Catholic Church in the Philippines has for many centuries been at the forefront, not only of providing education to the Filipino, but Christian formation youth as well.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the emergence of a modern Philippines would not have been possible apart from the establishment and growth of our schools,” Tagle stresses.
“I am thus appealing for your help. Please join us in The Patron of the Arts, our yearly Christmas benefit show. Through this concert…we can jumpstart a fund campaign for our schools,” he adds.
Sponsorship packages are as follows:
Packages Sponsorhip Benefitsin souvenir program Complimentary tickets
Royal Platinum: ?1,000,000 Full color, 2-page spread 25
Premium: ?800,000 Full color, inside cover or inside back cover 20
Gold: ?500,000 Full color, full page ad 15
Silver: ?250,000 Black and white, half page ad 10
Bronze: ?100,000 Black and white, one fourth page ad 5
Sponsors are entitled to the following:
• Live acknowledgement during the event
• Opportunity to distribute your company flyers
• Logos in all poster and event collaterals
Other amounts will be accepted and will be duly acknowledged on a special recognition page of the souvenir program.
Sponsorship payments may be deposited to the following bank details:
Account Name: JESUIT COMMUNICATIONS – PATRON OF THE ARTS
Or: JESCOM – PATRON OF THE ARTS
• BPI Account Number 3081-1145-19
• Eastwest Bank Account Number 27-02-00387-6
Sponsors may fax the deposit slip with their name to (02)426-5970.
Sponsor must provide their company ad and logo as desired via email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission is on November 25, 2014.
For more information, call Dit Sablan at (02)426-5971 local 121 or (+63)908-886-8447. (Raymond A. Sebastián)