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    Posted March 18, 2014 by
    Quezon City 1114, Metro Manila, Philippines

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    Celebrating Life: Fr. Tritz

    I was born in 1974. I will turn 40 in May this year.

    In 1974, Fr. Pierre T. Tritz, SJ, founded an organization that supports the education of Filipino children in Manila. He was 60 then.

    Like me, that organization – the Educational Research Development Assistance Foundation – is also 40 years old.

    This year, Fr. Tritz is turning 100.

    Fr. Tritz is my “boss.” He is a priest. He is a French national. He is a naturalized Filipino citizen.

    He is physically healthy, and comes to ERDA almost every day. I had long wanted to ask him about his struggles and triumphs; about things that touched his heart; about his family, friends and mentors. But his memory isn’t that strong anymore.

    But what’s important is that Fr. Tritz hasn’t forgotten his main advocacy. His favorite mantra is: ``you give children education, you give them hope.’’

    I am celebrating my life by celebrating the lives of others like Fr. Tritz who has strived to make people’s lives better.

    (The photo was taken by Ms. Mabel Cabuag.)
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