Thursday, December 20, 2012

D'Project 1: Cambulo Birthday Treat

I started last year making sure that every birthday that I have will be memorable. Last year was a solo trip to El Nido. This year I prayed that I maybe able to spend it with a family from the mountain and make them experience how we in Manila celebrate birthdays. As the months went along, my plans and prayers changed and became better.  Though scheduled at exactly on my birthday, it did not happen as my dad died two days before the big day and so I had to move it a week after. Still, I consider it as my birthday celebration.

I decided to do a cultural immersion instead. I was considering the aetas near Mt. Pinatubo or Sagada, Mt. Province. But all signs were pointing to Banaue, Ifugao. I wanted a village that's a bit far, with no/poor telecommunication signals and a remote place where help is a bit far. My guide, Kuya Dandy told me that they are in need of school supplies and medicines.  I asked a few friends who would like to share their blessings to these kids. I am no longer making as much as when I worked in the corporate world but I realized that I have friends who have big hearts to share their blessings to these kids.

The plan was . . . to do a cultural immersion and give the blessings to the school.
I did not know that my guide had cooked up something. 
The school had a program for me!!!
I thought he was just kidding. I asked him if I could just give everything to them 
and the teachers would be the ones to give it out.
My guide said it was a way of thanking me and my friends for the blessings we have shared.
Since it was an immersion, I cannot contradict the culture ha ha ha

When I got to the school grounds, I saw this.
 Hmmm . . . I guess it was fine to be acknowledged.

I had some photo ops with the kids first.

Then slowly, kids were running out from their classrooms and forming an assembly.

They took out all the donations I brought.

And next thing you know, Auntie Isabel (the woman to my left, who is a teacher 
and the owner of the house I stayed at) was dressing me up.

I was accompanied by tourists from Canada. They were just watching at first
but we had them joined me.

They said I was like the Queen ha ha ha

Every class performed a beautiful song.
These were some of the classes we were able to get a photo of.

Cambulo, Banaue, Ifugao

Cambulo, Banaue, Ifugao

Cambulo, Banaue, Ifugao

Cambulo, Banaue, Ifugao

Cambulo, Banaue, Ifugao

God has blessed me with these people who were so generous. I did not have a hard time asking. I did not mind if it was something small or big that they gave me as long as it came from their hearts. They did not think twice and their "yes" was all that mattered. 

Tony Dee Hortel
Dianne Bautista and family
Missy Rivera
Ms. Niza Sarmiento
Marlene Bautista
Marie Grace Coriage
Melay Zapico
Jan Enero
Cris Rito
Mei Tiongson Delos Santos
Mylene Mariano
CeeJay and Cielo
Marvin Ibana and family

The balloons was for me actually. 
Then when I saw they all wanted it and were having fun with it,
I wished I could have brought more.

They went gaga over the balloons.

The balls went to the barangay so anyone who wants to play, can just borrow it.
We thought we lost the basketball at first, then we found out that the kids got so excited when they saw it in the bag, that they played with it already.

The Barangay chairman shooting the ball.
(though the kids played with it earlier)

I was helping the teachers on what to give out.
Then they said I should be the one to give it out.

Here's a brief story before we move on.
The day before the gift giving, on our way trekking to this place, we passed by a store.
They thought I was the daughter of a running politician named Habawel
who so happened to be in Cambulo that day. They thought I was bringing
the donations that may have something related to his campaign.
I also had the features of the Habawel dude. hee hee
Of course, we explained that I was no way related to him and what I was doing was
not connected to him.

Moving on . . . it was fun doing this. It made me look like I was going
to run for politics but who cares . .  it was fun giving.

They were happy with anything I gave.
The teachers decided what to give to what class.

Every "thank you" and "salamat" they gave was so wonderful that
I wished my friends would have seen or heard it.

The gongs then came out and I was pretty excited because I love the gongs.
The man with the cap is Uncle Donato who is the husband of Auntie Isabel. 
They provided the place I stayed at and the food I ate for 3 days.

The cultural dance

The dance has a story that comes with it.

They made me dance!!!

A photo with the teachers, the Barangay officials and my guide.

Photos with two Canadian couples who watched and enjoyed the program with me.

with everyone.

The items we gave out:
A bag from a foreigner that my guide assisted.
120 notebooks
92 notepads
391 pencils
1 industrial pencil sharpener
50 eco-bags
30 bubbles
20 jackstones
20 bracelets
10 picture frames
1 basketball
1 volleyball
1 foot pump
4 multi-vitamins
4 ascorbic acid
8 paracetamol tempaid
60 crayons
4 sets of flashcards
2 bibles
1 boardgame
1 skipping rope
2 yo-yo
water bottles
hard bound notebook
others I think I was not able to list.

I was soooo HAPPY to see them happy with the little blessings we shared.
I felt it the moment I stepped in there until the time I left.
This was a great birthday and christmas gift to me.
I'm sure it is for my friends who shared.
God bless these kids and the people in Cambulo.
God bless my friends for having generous hearts.
God bless my guide for helping me make this happen.
All the glory to our God.

Thank you all for reading this post 
and I hope you will be part of my next trip to bless more kids/people. 

Here's a video I almost cried when they were singing.
Surely, it spoke right to my heart and I hope it did to you too.

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Hello Ms. Ann...
Being on the road or with the nature is something that is remarkable to us travellers....
But giving something to those people who are less fortunate than us is very heartwarming especially when we saw the little smiles of those kids....
You are very lucky enough that you had a chance to celebrate your big day with them...
I salute you on that...
wishing you more travels and a good hearth for the IP's...
hope i can join you someday....
godbless and more travel...

Anytime Byaheng Jologs you can come with me or if you have the same thing sa travels me....just invite me....hee hee

Planning Feb or March but to another village. Another village to bless hopefully. Don't need to have a special ocassion to have another event to share blessings! :)

very nice. im sure those kids wont forget you too!

thanks Chyng. I'll keep visiting this village. The nicest people ever. I'll make sure that I pass by this on my next trip. :)

nice! belated happy birthday! :) bless your good heart

lenfons, thank you for always visiting my blog and actively leaving comments! love it!

Dear Ann,
Our experience in Cambulo was great, wish to go back there some time. Truly it was a blessing meeting you and my team really enjoyed that camp fire, "tapoy" ang jamming with the locals.
We were fortunate enough to be invited by the Black Pencil Project and bring our Puppet Show with us for those little angels to enjoy.
We wish you good health and joy in being a blessing to others.
Kuya Migs

Kuya Migs,
It was a pleasure meeting you all there. Sama nyo ako sa mga projects nyo!

Hi Ann, You have a Big Heart! Very Nice! Immersion is also my target for this year's travel.I'll be doing this Soon! :-)

Hi Miguel. Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of friends who has big hearts too :) Good for you and good luck on your immersion. where will it be? I'd like to do one also in Mindanao. They have a rich culture there.

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