OVER 600 current scholars and scholar-graduates of SM Foundation Inc. gathered at SM Seaside City Cebu on Oct. 13, 2019 for their third general assembly.
The scholars started their first few hours in the morning with a holy mass officiated by Fr. Adriano A. Satura at the Centerstage cinema.
After the mass, everyone took photos of themselves at different areas inside the mall, which is located at the South Road Properties in Cebu City.
The program then started with a welcome message from Linda Atayde, SM Foundation executive director for education programs. She shared with scholars the journey of SM founder and patriarch Henry Sy Sr.
Marissa Fernan, vice president of SM Prime Holdings Inc., talked about the importance of paying forward and the will to change one life’s course.
Fernan was instrumental in the construction and opening of SM City Cebu in 1993. This was then followed by the opening of SM City Consolacion, SM Hypermarket Lapu-Lapu and SM Seaside City Cebu, and various corporate social responsibility projects together with SM Foundation Inc. and SM Cares.
Others also gave their inspirational messages to the scholars—Anton del Prado, mall manager of SM Seaside City; engineer Mark Paul Magallanes, assistant mall manager of SM Seaside City; and Mark Castro, SM Store branch manager-SM Seaside City.
The program ended with a movie screening of the “Lion King” remake. SM Foundation helps uplift the quality of life of the communities where SM is present.