MANILA, Philippines -- The entire Lasallian community came together to raise P4 million that will feed 1,000 families from vulnerable communities for over a month.
Last Saturday, all 17 campuses under the De La Salle Philippines, Inc. joined hands in producing and broadcasting a seven-hour program, dubbed "Kada-Uno Lasalyano," that was streamed live on Facebook.
Former De La Salle University president Br. Armin Luistro, FSC spearheaded the drive, saying: "We need 4,000 Filipinos to donate P1,000 each and we will be able to feed 1,000 homeless families for one month."
La Salle accomplished its mission at the end of the show, as the drive raised a total of P 4,009,241.59.
Lasallians from all generations had a hand in helping raise funds, while also paying tribute to the frontliners in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. For their sports teams, the Lady Spikers of past and present held an online meet-and-greet session.
Present were alumnae Michele Gumabao, Aby Marano, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes and Dawn Macandili and current members Tine Tiamzon, Aduke Ogunsanya, Jolina Dela Cruz, Michelle Cobb, Thea Gagate, Leila Cruz, Ali Borabo, Fifi Sharma, Justine Jazareno, Juls Coronel, and Matet Espina.
The veterans also gave the young Lady Spikers some advice, after their campaign in UAAP Season 82 came to an unexpected end. La Salle played just one game in the women's volleyball tournament -- beating Ateneo de Manila University in four sets -- before the league put a stop to the games because of the pandemic.
The season was eventually cancelled.
"Very challenging talaga ito for us, kasi very uncertain ang future," said Reyes. "Let's enjoy this moment muna, and i-appreciate natin ang mga dumadating na blessings sa atin."
"Nasa inyo lahat ng answers, you just have to find it for yourselves," Macandili added.
Other former Lasallian athletes that took part in the program were three-time UAAP MVP Enchong Dee of the Green Tankers and ex-Lady Batter Ria Atayde.
Gary Valenciano, Barbie Almalbis, and brothers Jett and Rafi Pangan all took part in the event as well. Also giving performances during the event were bands, music orgs, and dance groups from all La Salle campuses.
(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).