Hello! This is the last of the Project Volunteer posts (for the school requirement at least) and this is probably my favorite one among the three. So another one of my best friends from Bacolod is Angela Rodriguez. When we were in High School, Angela was Chief of the Girl scouts and one of the requirements she had to do to win an award which at the time was given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she had to do a year long program wherein she taught school lessons to kids from her local neighborhood as well as teaching them about hygiene and manners. Ever since then, she holds a Christmas Party for the kids every year. This year however, due to some already made plans, she won’t be having the one for this year 😦 Instead, she decided to have it early (last month to be precise) and so we took a trip to Bacolod to celebrate an early Christmas with our High School friends.
Of course the one person who was super excited for us to come home is Angela’s mom. Tita Sophie has been supporting Angela in whatever she does for as long as I’ve known them and she was present during this year’s party too. I’ve actually been going to these Christmas parties for a few years now so it was nice to see the kids again. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve grown! During the party, the kids played games like The boat is sinking and Give me what I want (among other games), Tita Sophie and the helpers prepared spaghetti and other party food that the kids ate with gusto, there was a pabitin then a “raffle”. Each kid left the party full and with at least one gift.
I blame the Lasallian education. We’ve been doing reach outs and feeding programs almost all of our lives (or at least high school life) so I guess it only comes natural that we would make time and give back to our community. It was also great to see that Yeo Seul, our resident Korean and also the Vice President of the Girl Scouts (in HS also) took the time to come over and help out too. I think that it’s important that we share our blessings and give whatever we can to the less fortunate. Though these kids are not exactly children from the slums, their parents still struggle with taking care of their families, health and sending the children to school. The idea of all this is to nurture a positive environment for these kids to not stir off their path and to continue school, not to drugs, etc.
So yeah. That’s the last of the PV series! I look forward to more opportunities to volunteer and help out as much as I can 🙂