As a Dormitory Manager, I usually roam around the 4-cluster dormitory buildings in the compound of Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation, Inc. (KKFI). This dormitory complex is located in the heart of the University-Belt (U-Belt).

On these occasions which is typically at night, I mingle with residents who are doing their activities. I would check the reviewer-filled library, the newly renovated multi-purpose student center (K-Hub) where residents with common interests happily meet.

I always remind them to be mindful of the curfew. In these cases, I would take the opportunity to ask how they are, personally and scholastically and ask them, “Is KKFI dorm really conducive for study?” In this blog, I would feature two residents.

Keyshelle Palasigue, a board passer in the recently held licensure examination for certified public accountants (CPA), has been staying here for three and a half years. She graduated cum laude, an achievement all students are aspiring for and all parents are proud of.

When asked how she achieved her high grades in school, she would often say it was because of the facilities that the Kapatiran dorm offers. She claimed they helped her a lot in her studies. Whenever it was too hot in their room, she would go to the air-conditioned library. There, she could concentrate more on her subjects.

She said, the canteen inside the compound also helped since it saved her time. Rather than waste time going out of the KKFI compound to scout for a dining place around the area, she would simply step out of the dorm building and walk a few steps to the KKFI canteen, saving some time that she could spend for reviewing.

“Sobrang komportable ang pagtira ko dito. Ang daming pasilidad na maaaring pagkaabalahan. Pakiramdam ko ay para lang akong nasa bahay namin sa Tarlac” (My stay here is very comfortable. There are a lot of facilities to be busy at. I could feel the atmosphere of our home in Tarlac.),” she mused.

The other resident I interviewed was Myking Dunca. Myking, now a licensed mechanical engineer, would invariably visit the KKFI dorm whenever he comes to the Manila. He stayed in the dorm during the full duration of his review until examination days.

When asked what made him miss the dorm, he would say without blinking: “Friends, a relaxing place, peaceful from the city’s rat-race, the air-conditioned library and the K-Hub which was very significant for us reviewers because it helped us a lot in breaking the stressful moments of our reviews.”

“Swerte sa amin ang KKFI dahil lahat kaming walong mechanical engineering reviewees sa room 209 ay pumasa,” he said. (KKFI is lucky for us. All eight reviewees from room 209 passed). He added, “I will not hesitate to refer this to my friends and schoolmates.”

Among the users of the K-hub are Johnrein Dulay at Brent Alarcio, fellow residents, who regularly play the piano. Indeed, who would not be relaxed when you hear the beautiful sound of mixed classical and contemporary pieces played from the old piano envelope the surroundings in the morning and at night. Would you not be inspired to study? They affirm that Kapatiran dorm is conducive to learning. We invite students and reviewees to stay here and find out for themselves.

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