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Positively Centralians Understand “Donation” Is Not All About Giving Money

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CPU Alumni Promenade Concert Park (Photo taken February 2015)

This conversation in one of the threads at Positively Centralians FB page reveals how alumni understand that giving to Central Philippine University is not only in the form of money. We have underscored the response of Lester Edwin J Ruiz, which captures the thoughts and sentiments of Positively Centralians.

Please read the excerpts of the conversation below:

Dan Dorillo Well said Jeriel Gabilo Militar. Nothing wrong with posting what needs to be improved, but it would be best (and more mature) if we also offer suggestions how to improve things…. after all we all are supposed to be matured Centralian professionals who can make some difference in our alma mater . As one member has rightfully observed, there are some who appear to tear down things…. but there are some who also strive to build – the choice is ours…Ann Rico Jamandre
March 1 at 9:50pm · Edited · Like · 3

Alvi Cordero Dan and Jeriel…. indi bala maayo man nga guina pkita ang dpat obrAhon sng admin sng cpu, para mpa kaayo lng man nila….ano gd ang kinahnglan sini hw, PINTAHAN man lng liwat… maayo lng gani ky alumni lng nkakita, ti kng tourists abi?…kg guina pkita man bala ang front kg back view sng mahigko nga mga bldgs…
March 1 at 11:23pm · Like

Joy Todesca Dan and Jeriel daw claro man ang hambal sang PS followers nga front Lang a nG ginapintahan. Why not make it both sides . It is NOT immature to notice what needs to be noticed. If someone is tearing down CPU, those are people who refuse to see what is obvious. That’s my take. What people here seem to agree is that responsible people inside the campus are oblivious to the obvious. And again it’s not teAring down .
March 1 at 11:54pm · Like · 1

Dan Dorillo Has anyone asked kon pintahan man ang likod o indi? Kon ang sabat sang Admin indi – I’m with you.
Yesterday at 12:29am · Like

Dan Dorillo Jonan Castillon – ang balance nga pag present kon ga pamankot anay para factual kag current. Bago lang ko nag post nga ang CPUAAI may project nga ma improve da ang backstage – wala mo lang guro mabasa. Ga pasalamat gid kami sa mga alumni nga nag padala ila LOVE GIFT para sa ini nga project. Wala kami ga solicit diri….
Yesterday at 12:38am · Like

Alvi Cordero Dan, dpat pa gali ehmbal dri nga pintahan ang mga bldgs nga mahigko? Common sense lng ina….wash or repaint it!
Yesterday at 12:44am · Like

Dan Dorillo Basi may program man ni sila nga repainting – wala ta kabalo siguro nami man nga i verify anay.
Yesterday at 12:47am · Like · 1

Delicia Gaje St Denis HALLO !!! kon wala kamo na namian sang mga kalsada sa campus nga lubak lubakon, ti, pokpokon na lang kag himuon “cobbled stones” ang iya itsura. nami pa pamatian……
Yesterday at 12:55am · Like · 1

Dan Dorillo Nice suggestion Delicia Gaje St Denis very positive- daw sa Europe lang
Yesterday at 12:57am · Like

Joy Todesca Hi Dan ang repairs and repainting program ” nga basi waay ta kabalu” would have been better understood kun ginpublicize sang Admin. That’s I think are where all the hullabaloo comes from. We do have a PR dept and it would be prudent for them to bl
Yesterday at 1:13am · Like · 1

Joy Todesca … To broadcast these plans to quell all these murmurings and complaints
Yesterday at 1:14am · Like

Joy Todesca There is an Alumni Association headed by and still participated in by distinguished alum as like Perl Gillergan and ManNg May Vail. They would be excellent and reputable conduits of information . I think what happened is pamatyag sang iban daw waay gina sapak ang ila observations which I think are legit. They love and care about CPU passionately that’s why.
Yesterday at 1:20am · Like

Dan Dorillo Good points there Joy – at least you have suggestions which may eventually reach the persons concerned. We know that a number of well-meaning alumni have embarked on some positive actions to be part of the solution – all for the love of Central. For ex…See More
Yesterday at 2:04am · Like · 2

TellyDaday Valcarcel I concur with Dan Dorillo.
Yesterday at 2:10am · Like · 1

Lester Edwin J Ruiz I can echo Dan Dorillo’s sentiments about the “constructive” alums. They certainly deserve praise and recognition. At the same time, I think it is important to remind ourselves that there are many ways of serving one’s Alma Mater.

Some share their influence, some share their expertise, some share their criticisms (this, too, is a gift) some pray for the school and its leadership. At Oral Roberts University, for example, prayer is considered an important gift to the university.

Some give money to the university—that is a gift, too but withholding financial gifts to the university is also a gift to the university–a reminder that money is not the norm for giving.

Passion for the ideals of CPU is also a gift. I wish the university would show equal appreciation for the many different gifts that its alumni/ae, faculty, staff, students, share; and I wish we can all agree that monetizing joy, gratitude, hospitality, loyalty–is only one part of philanthropy.

To paraphrase Peter, Paul and Mary, “if being a ‘good Centralian’ was a thing that money could buy, then the rich would live, and the poor would die… all my trials, Lord, soon will be over.” Just think of how Jesus accepted, even praised, the widow’s mite, as well as the woman’s expensive perfume, or the fish and bread of the little boy.

Think of the (hidden) services rendered by those who make CPU’s mission livable–the ones who make sure there is food on the table, that the classrooms and grounds are clean and ready for the students… In other words, who share their labor, often without remuneration or often their labor that is undervalued (spiritually or materially).

I am sure all of us get the picture—its not rocket science!  All of us, without exception, have something of value to give to our beloved Alma Mater. And it is the wise and effective leadership that recognizes this historical fact.
Yesterday at 2:50am · Edited · Unlike · 7


Positively Centralians FB Page Issues “No Soliciting” Notice

Positively Centralians wants to focus on alumni connections and friendships the ‘gold and silver’

The missive is addressed to Gabriel Ortigoza who posted the solicitation letter of CPU for the 110th University Celebration.

In behalf of the Positively Centralians FB page admins, Margaret Dominado writes:

Dear Gabby Gabriel Ortigoza,

It has come to my attention that your previous post was deleted and our apology for not directly informing you the reason why.

I just re-read and reviewed your current post with some of the administrators. As much as we understand it is about giving and that we take your word for it that this is a neutral piece, we firmly believe that we should avoid an impression that Positively Centralians is a venue or means for solicitation (actual or implied).

We would like to focus on alumni connections and friendships as well as transparency and accountability.

Personally, I am turned off when an alumna connects with me and then later ask for donations then emphasized on giving as the main means in which I should express my love for CPU or for Christ and that I should donate because I owe CPU of what I have become now.

I feel manipulated into a guilt trip. I want to be a cheerful giver. More so, I want to connect with the alumni and my colleagues without any ulterior motive except being friends with them in a genuine way and not on the basis of how much she or I can give to whoever or whatever.

On the other hand, we are also aware that the 2016 Global Reunion preparation is on-going and solicitation for donations and contributions for the souvenir program has started.

Positively Centralians do not want to be part of the solicitation process.

The Global Reunion 2016 has its own Facebook account in which, ironically, some of your officers and members are blocked. I do not want to name names for I have not asked their permission as of this writing.

My point is that the Global Reunion 2016 site should be used for its own purpose and so should Positively Centralian. Having said this, we are not discouraging the alumni to patronize the 2016 Global reunion.

On the same breath, we respect the feelings and position of other Centralians who wanted have more fun and connection outside of the Federation and/or prefer to directly connect with CPUAAI.

In terms of giving, we have Positively Centralian members conducting medical missions and donating thousands of dollars to rebuilding the lives of Haiyan survivors.

We have a family (the wife is a CPU alumna) who donated an entire village (30 houses) for Gawad Kalinga.

These people refused to be acknowledged in the blog for they believe this is about generosity not publicity. Positively Centralians, after all, is not about donors and their donations.

Rest assured, your current post will not be deleted as we have made clear the position of Positively Centralians about money, or donations and friendship.

In behalf of the administrators, I would like to reiterate that we consider our friends as our gold and silver.

By establishing alumni connections, friend-to-friend, we are spreading the gold and silver. Please know you are one of them. Peace and joy to you and your family.

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