VP Robredo thanks Jillian’s NYU angels


Jillian Robredo’s stint at New York University did not come easy, and Vice President Leni Robredo gave thanks to the people who helped make her schooling there possible.

In a Facebook post, the VP expressed gratitude to Michael Purugganan and Joan Maniego who helped Jillian with her scholarship applications and in getting a part-time job so that she could study in NYU.

They also helped acclaimed Filipina photographer Xyza Bacani.

The VP recalled that when Jillian was accepted into NYU, she was initially granted a partial scholarship.

She told her daughter that she could not afford to pay the balance of her tuition, so Jillian applied for additional scholarships.

One of the people Jillian wrote to was Purugganan, who was then Dean of Science.

He and Maniego, who was Tisch Chief of Staff, lent Jillian a hand.

They helped her land a job as a lab assistant at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology for 4 years.

Purugganan and Maniego are truly heaven sent, the VP said.

“So much to be grateful for to Michael Purugganan and Joan Maniego, two Filipinos who helped Jillian and Xyza Bacani (the one beside Jillian) survive NYU.

When Jillian was accepted to NYU and was only initially granted partial scholarship, I told Jillian we still could not afford the balance. She then proceeded to apply for additional scholarships and, Michael, who was then Dean of Science, was one of those she wrote. Michael sought the help of Joan, Tisch Chief of Staff, and together, they helped Jillian out. Eventually, Jillian worked 20 hours per week as a lab assistant at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology for 4 years.

Both of them were also instrumental in helping Xyza, a very talented and inspiring Filipina, we are very proud to call our very own.

Thank you, Michael and Joan. And Alex, of course. You are heaven-sent,” Robredo posted.

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