In 2018, Prestone launched its Anak ng Mekaniko scholarship program to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The program aims to give back to hard-working and loyal auto mechanics in the country by providing their children with a free four-year course college education on any STI Colleges campus nationwide.
Four years later, the auto care fluid brand honored the six Anak ng Mekaniko scholars who triumphantly finished their college journey.
“When we started this scholarship program, our goal was to celebrate and put a spotlight on our neighborhood auto mechanics, who we consider unsung heroes who ensure our safety by helping us maintain the tip-top condition of our vehicles,” said Monique Gonzales, Marketing Manager for Southeast Asia at Clorox International Philippines, Inc.
“As our way of celebrating their hard work, we found these deserving Anak ng Mekaniko scholars with a fire to learn and reach their dreams. And as they embarked on their college journey these past years, they exude passion and dedication to achieve a brighter future for their parents and loved ones,” she added.
Among the six graduating scholars are Edmajea Aguinaldo from Makati City, the first degree-holder in her family who graduated with a BS in Hospitality Management; Melver Masangkay from Batangas, the most active scholar in co-curricular activities who took up BS in Computer Engineering; Christian Diamante from Misamis Oriental, Cagayan De Oro, a consistent honor student who finished with a BS in Information Technology; and Aulinda Buban from Antipolo City, Rizal, a mommy scholar with consistent good-standing grades who finished with a BS in Information Technology.
Meanwhile, two Anak ng Mekaniko graduating scholars came from Camarines Sur, Bicol. Harvey Plazo, a son of an auto mechanic for 28 years, graduated cum laude with a BS in Information Technology, while Anna Raiza Dela Cruz, who, as a student, won two intra-school cooking and scrabble competitions graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Hospitality Management.
Prestone hosted a two-day culminating event that gave the scholars a career preparation workshop to help them gear up for the corporate world and ceremonial graduation to recognize the scholars and their families. They were also given a special tour at the historical Fort Santiago, Intramuros, and Casa Manila, where they bonded and relaxed with their loved ones.