SACRIFICE. A volunteer doctor forgoes personal duties to screen donors at the annual Dugong Bughaw at JHS Quadrangle.
(Photo by Angelica Villarica)

The Ateneo de Davao Parents-Teacher Community Inc. (ADPTCI), together with other units of the University, spearheaded the annual “Dugong Bughaw” at the Junior High School Quadrangle last July 29, 2017.

The collected blood was donated to the Philippine Red Cross to aid the organization in future life-saving medical procedures and transfusions that would benefit a lot of lives in need.

About 300 donors, which included parents, teacher, staff, administrators, and college students filled an estimate of 200 bags of blood donation. A number of police and soldiers also participated in the said cause.

Meanwhile, volunteer doctors ensured that the participants were in good shape before blood extraction. Some doctors have already been participating in the cause for many years now.

Furthermore, the school faculty and staff lent a hand in managing the activity.

“I joined to support the ADPTCI. Ateneo shows concern for the society and one way to address this is by bloodletting,” Ms. Pretzel Sarmineto, a Grade 8 Filipino teacher, said.

Sa isang bag, madaming tao ang matutulungan [one bag will benefit a lot of people],” she added.

Since its launching in 2013, the said bloodletting activity has become an annual tradition in line with the celebration of the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

(Original article by Yul Gino Miguel Castillo)
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Published in The Blue Knight Vol. 69 No. 1 June-October 2017

The Blue Knight is the official student publication of the Ateneo de Davao University Junior High School (AdDU-JHS) and a member of the National Secondary Schools Press Conference (NSPC).