Date: July 21, 2017
To: Xavier School Community
From: Fr. Aristotle C. Dy, SJ
President, Xavier School
Re: “A Statue for a School”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
In 2009, Xavier School adopted the “Educational Research and Development Assistance Technical and Vocational Secondary School” (ERDA Tech), a technical high school established by the late Fr. Pierre Tritz, SJ, where poor but deserving youth are provided the opportunity of a free high school education and training in employable technical skills. It was founded to give economically and socially disadvantaged youth the chance to complete a high school education and be trained in technical skills. Now renamed the Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute, the school is due to open a new campus near the First Philippines Industrial Park in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
To help fund this noteworthy cause, the Alumni Association of Xavier School (AAXS) has embarked on “Statue for a School” fund-raising initiative where donations from Xavier School alumni and even non-alumni friends will be used to the construction cost of the new campus.
Under this program, for every Php35,000 (approx. USD745.00) donation, the donor shall receive a free, limited-edition, hand-crafted cast marble, golden bronze equine statuary (with a market value of Php75,000). Exclusively commissioned for this occasion, this visual magnum opus is a stunningly powerful rendition of Xavier School’s iconic mascot, exquisitely crafted by no less than one of today’s most renowned sculptors of his generation, artist and UNICEF honoree Eusebio “Seb” Chua Jr. (XS ’80), a proud Xavier School alumnus.
Other important particulars:
1. The limited-edition statue is made of cast marble (marble powder bound by resin). Dimensions are 2.5 inches (length) x 7 inches (width) x 20 inches (height), including the base. Only 200 serialized pieces of this masterpiece shall be available for this project. Donations (i.e. cash and checks) may be coursed directly to the AAXS Office during school hours.
2. Each piece can be personalized on a brass plate fastened on the base and stamped with the name of the donor, together with the signature of the artist and the AAXS President, with a serial number.
3. Since orders are custom-made, it shall take approximately one (1) week to produce each order.
4. Checks can be issued to the account of the “Alumni Association of Xavier School, Inc.”
As part of the greater Xavier Community, you are in a powerful position to make the late Fr. Tritz’s dream of building an institution worthy of serving the marginalized members of society come true. Your generous support will go a long way in bringing hope to thousands of out-of-school youth who can be provided with employable technical skills, proper ethics and a sense of stewardship – elements that give them an unparalleled edge that makes them incomparable from others.
For more information regarding this initiative, please contact the AAXS office at (+632) 727-3329 and look for Joanne Oriel-Gatdula.
Your support to this invaluable initiative will go a long way in demonstrating to the world that Xaverians are truly “Men-for-Others.”