EBM was not born in an office, a boardroom or in a business lunch meeting. It was born at the breakfast table of the Vera family one morning in June.
On the way home from church that Sunday morning, the Vera children had seen kids, some as young as 3 years old loosely roaming the streets. Touched by what they saw they talked about the kind of future these children would face, one very different from their own.
Anton, the eldest son of the four children of Bobet and Ruthy Vera, could not get over the sight of a young girl with sampaguita garland. He knew he needed to do something to help so that these children get out of their miserable situation and have a dignified living.
A restless and passionate 12th year student of BSM at that time, Anton asked his parents if that young sampaguita girl and other children like her could be sent to school. Stunned with disbelief, Anton’s parents asked him how he would go about it. Determined and driven he simply responded, “I know that this is something you never envisioned for me, but I can improve the lives of these children through education- not actually teaching- but providing them with facilities and well-trained teachers and sustainable curriculum.
Aware of the monetary implications, he requested his parents to advance the seed money. Both Bobet and Ruthy found themselves not only agreeing to Anton’s proposal but encouraging him to go ahead with it. Money was not a hindrance for now, EBM is registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-profit organization.
Anton as founder and Chairman of the EBM Junior Council was also the Head Boy of BSM. His dream becomes a reality as he draws other young people who are eager and determined to give less fortunate children the educational opportunities they not only need, but deserve. Further, he has the support and involvement of the school management in the realization of this beautiful dream.