Congratulations, graduates! Prestone PH honors its “Anak Ng Mekaniko” scholars in style

September 23, 2022

Prestone Philippines recently held a two-day culminating activity to honor six triumphant students of its Anak Ng Mekaniko scholarship program. Green-lit in 2018 to celebrate Prestone’s 90th anniversary, the program aims to give back to hard-working and loyal auto mechanics in the country by providing their children with a free four-year course college education on any STI Colleges campus nationwide.

“When we started this scholarship program, our goal was to celebrate and put a spotlight on our neighborhood auto mechanics, who we consider unsung heroes who ensure our safety by helping us maintain the tip-top condition of our vehicles. As our way of celebrating their hard work, we found these deserving ‘Anak ng Mekaniko’ scholars with a fire to learn and reach their dreams. And as they embarked on their college journey these past years, they exude passion and dedication to achieve a brighter future for their parents and loved ones,” said Monique Gonzales, Marketing Manager for Southeast Asia at Clorox International Philippines, Inc.

Ms. Monique’s statement holds strong bearing as the scholarship program was met with warm receptions from hundreds of applicants all over the country. Every individual came with letters, narrating their own unique life stories, underscoring how proud they are to be a son or a daughter of an auto-mechanic.

Among the six ‘Anak ng Mekaniko’ graduating scholars include Edmajea Aguinaldo from Makati City, the first degree-holder in her family who graduated with a BS in Hospitality Management; Melver Masangkay from Batangas, the most active scholar in co-curricular activities who took up BS in Computer Engineering; Christian Diamante from Misamis Oriental, Cagayan De Oro, a consistent honor student who finished with a BS in Information Technology; and Aulinda Buban from Antipolo City, Rizal, a mommy scholar with consistent good-standing grades who finished with a BS in Information Technology.

Also garnering top honors were Harvey Plazo and Anna Raiza Dela Cruz, both from Camarines Sur in Bicol.

Plazo, a son of an auto mechanic for 28 years, graduated cum laude with a BS in Information Technology. He was quoted as saying, “Being an ‘Anak ng Mekaniko’ scholar, Prestone treats you like a family. I promise not to waste this great opportunity given by Prestone. For me, this is one of the most memorable experiences in my life.”

On the other hand, Dela Cruz remarked, “Having an auto mechanic parent, people would sometimes undermine your dreams due to financial challenges. However, with the ‘Anak ng Mekaniko’ Scholarship Program, Prestone helped my parents, especially my father, to provide me the opportunity to reach my dreams. Since then, Prestone became a second parent to us scholars, taking care of us these past years, especially amid the pandemic. I’m thankful for Prestone, and even STI Colleges, for giving us hope for our dreams.”

Receiving a well-deserved Magna Cum Laude honor as a BS in Hospitality Management scholar, Raiza Dela Cruz also bagged two notable achievements. These being top honors in the intra-school cooking and scrabble competitions.

And there’s more!

Prestone Philippines proudly hosted the two-day culminating event by gearing up the scholars for their next adventure in the real world as career-seeking people in the corporate or business fields. This came in the form of a workshop, orienting them on what it would be like as career men and women, using the skills and knowledge they’ve obtained over the last four years. The event was highlighted with a simple but momentous graduation ceremony and a tour with the graduates’ loved ones to some of Manila’s historical landmarks such as Fort Santiago, Intramuros, and Casa Manila.

“Prestone is proud to make a difference and be a part of these smart and talented individuals’ lives. We are extremely grateful to be able to give back to some hard-working auto-mechanic parents. Prestone also appreciates STI Colleges’ dedication to helping these young individuals realize their dreams and attain a promising future for their loved ones. We will continue to root for these graduates and hope they are successful in their chosen fields in the future,” added Marites Dagdag, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Clorox International Philippines, Inc.

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.