By Francine Ciasico
To give recognition to diligent and hardworking local auto-mechanics, Prestone – known for their top-quality motor oils, brake fluids, and coolants – provided opportunities to help them achieve the ambitions of their children through education.
“We want to honor the auto-mechanics who have made Prestone successful throughout the 90 years since 1927,” said Paulo Lao, sales and marketing director of Clorox Southeast Asia.
Since last year, Prestone has been conducting pocket events in Makati, Antipolo, Quezon, Tacloban, and Davao to provide training on proper use of Prestone products and to inform the auto-mechanics about the ‘Anak ng Mekaniko’ Scholarship Program – a nationwide-search of scholarship grants for deserving children of auto-mechanics.
The chosen nine will be able to have the privilege of pursuing any course in any STI campus all over the country for free including their tuition, uniform, books, and allowances.
Out of the 44 aspiring applicants, the nine recipients of ‘Anak ng Mekaniko’ Scholarship Program were announced to the public yesterday at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City.
The scholars were Keith Bryan Perez from Antipolo, Edmajea Aguinaldo from Makati, Aulinda Buban from Antipolo, Melver Masangkay from Batangas, Jojo Peñada from Leyte, Helen Joyce Maquincio from Leyte, Christian Diamante from Misamis Oriental, Jaime Kent Abesamis and Kristina Eñales, both from Davao.
A meticulous selection process was done by the management. They made sure that the applicants were truly children of auto-mechanics as they did background-checking, a Filipino citizen, and a senior high school graduate or Alternative Learning System completer. Other than submitting relevant documents, Prestone also asked the applicants to write an essay with the theme “I am a Proud Anak ng Mekaniko.”
The criteria for judging involve Content which sums up 50 percent of their score, Style and Originality for 30 percent, and Grammar and Syntax for 20 percent.
“For parents, education is the best gift they can give to their children and Prestone resonates with this message,” Prestone’s brand manager Monique Gonzales said. “We hope that in the future, these nine deserving scholars will become successful individuals in their chosen endeavors.”
“As we officially present the grant to them, Prestone’s commitment to supporting them is only the beginning. We will still continue to be there to help them every step of the way as they embark on this new chapter of their lives,” she added.