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Dr. Procopio U. Yanong

Growing up in a family of sixteen children would be an adventure even under the most favorable circumstances. But in a family with very limited means in a small village in the Philippines, survival to adulthood was a real triumph of the human spirit. The best my brothers and sisters could do was to minimize expenses and fight for scholarships that were only granted to the top one or two of each class. There were no loans, no part-time jobs. Our educational expenses rested on the shoulders of my parents who, through strict discipline and very hard work, not only managed to give all of us the best education they could afford, but also managed to help put countless other children of relatives and friends through college.

It is beyond my comprehension how they did it. It was clear they just could not refuse any request for help. At times, life was so unbearably hard that we complained about our parents' premature philanthropy. But each time we complained, they would get out the Bible and open to those pages of miracles, like the one with loaves and fishes. Their values influenced us throughout our lives. I always think of my father's final words, "What we get out of life is not that important. The worst tragedy is having nothing to give."

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