The school is located in Barangay Sulpa in the rural municipality of Villaba in Eastern Leyte which has 35 barangays and a population of about 37,838 in the latest census.
The twin celebration included the school building’s blessing which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Francisco Vicentillo, the signing of the Deed of Donation and the unveiling of the marker.
The ceremonies were witnessed by the graduates with their parents, followed by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation and Tanduay Distillers- Tacloban City representatives, Department of Education officials, local government officials, Parents and Teachers Association members and guests.
A total of 38 students were awarded their high school diplomas during the graduation rites that followed. The guest speaker during the graduation program was Atty. Glenn D. Condor.
Present during the inauguration and graduation were: Sulpa National High School Teacher in-Charge Ms. Eleonor Cariño, Villaba National Comprehensive High School Principal Mr. William Corpiz, teachers and other school staff, former Schools Division Superintendent Ms. Sarah Apurillo, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Judella R. Lumpas, Educational Program Supervisor Ms. Felicidad Espinosa and Barangay Captain Nery Orias. Guest from the TYKFI were Mr. Philip Sing, Mr. Jonathan Anuma and Ms. Janel Badlis and from the LTG sister company, Tanduay Distillers-Tacloban City, was Mr. Joseph Campo.
In his message, TYKFI’s Mr. Philip Sing told the graduates: “Congratulations! While the foundation cannot address all the needs of the people, TYKFI’s approach is to provide the tools to equip beneficiaries with the capability to achieve, make a difference, and enable them to eventually share with others. You are already equipped with basic knowledge and information. Hopefully, you will continue to learn more and put more focus on a field that interests you and you would like to pursue in the future.”
From Eleonor Cariño, Teacher-in-charge of the Sulpa National High School: It’s a big help for us to have this kind of classrooms. We are very thankful because the teachers can now work comfortably. For the students, the classrooms are conducive for learning because they are well ventilated. They can all work easily and faster because they have their own rooms.”
From Jennie Basa, class first honourable mention, : “For all the sacrifices and hard work, we will now step in the new chapter of our lives. We thank you our teachers, mentors and Tan Yan Kee Foundation for being our inspiration to fight and to aim high as we move closer to our dreams.”
At the end of the graduation, TYKFI distributed gifts and food packs to the graduates, parents and other students.