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CDOBloggers Christmas Outreach: The Journey to Cadayunan Primary Shool

December 10, 2011 2 comments

(Warning: Brace yourselves for this very long blogpost. 🙂

To give and not to count the cost.

That has been my motto since I started volunteering and doing outreach activities. The first time I was exposed to a depressed community was when I was a 4th year high school student. My family was also struggling to meet ends meet that time but it did not stop me to reach out to those who are less fortunate than we were.  I remember my first outreach experience happened in  an elementary school in Mambuaya, Lumbia. Since then, I’ve promised myself I would help and extend my services more. True enough, I became a very active volunteer in College. I’ve been exposed to a lot of areas in my hometown where help is greatly needed.

I was just so glad when another project was given to me. In one of the meetings of the CDOBloggers last summer, they assigned me to spearhead an outreach activity. It was a challenge for me since this would be my first project for the said group, but I was more excited to plan the activity right away.

The first challenge was actually to find a beneficiary. Since this  was my project for the said group, I really wanted it to become meaningful and something that would not only make a great impact to our beneficiaries, but also to the benefactors as well. I also wanted to give the bloggers an experience they would never forget.

After months of  looking for a beneficiary, negotiations, and failed attempts to contact persons, I finally found the perfect beneficiary just in time! God is so good!

Then, I got so overwhelmed with the response and the support of my co-bloggers and their friends! I never thought they would become  so participative in this advocacy. I  would really say now that among the organizations I’m part of, CDOBloggers  has been one of the most ever-supportive of all! They would also die to help and serve others. Naks!  It made me so motivated. I was so motivated that every time I received donations, I would purchase books and other learning materials right away. 🙂

After days of collecting donations (cash, books, bags, shoes, food),  we  were all set for the last day of preparation (December 1). We went to Mommy Ruby’s house and did all the packaging, stamping, and labeling there. We went home at 10pm just to make sure all is set for the next day.

The next day (December 2) was a joyful day for us! The time had come for the outreach activity!

I, my mom, and my aunt woke up very early to prepare the food for the feeding   activity. Biggest thanks to my loving family for the support.

Then, I met with the rest of the bloggers at Jollibee Vamenta. We talked about our excitement and enthusiasm while waiting for the truck to arrive. Yes, only trucks and big vehicles could pass through the roads going to our destination.

While we were already riding the truck, it was a great challenge for us to keep those big barrels of crude oil from falling, especially that the ride was really super duper bumpy. Plus, it rained in the middle of our journey!

But at last! After 2 hours, we were able to arrive at Sitio Katorse safe and sound.

After that, we were accompanied on our way up to the school. The school is actually situated on top of a hill.

At last ,we’re here! Welcome to the Cadayunan Primary School!

The moment we saw the kids and their excited  faces, we definitely said to ourselves “our journey was all worth it!”. Seeing the kids and the supportive barangay officials made us want to start the activity right away.

We started with an introduction of the group and the purpose of our coming. Since it was  already lunchtime, we proceed to the feeding activity right away.  Mommy Ruby  led the prayer before meals. Food was distributed by  the other members. The kids were glad to know that they have their favorite spaghetti for lunch!

Then, who would forget about games? Children love to play and they would love to play more when there are prizes in store!

Some children even sang to get those amazing prizes prepared for them.

Last but not the least, the turn-over of books and other learning materials for the children of Cadayunan Primary School. With all the learning materials we donated for them, they can already say they have  a mini-library. 🙂 It was really a beautiful sight when children began to flip the pages of the books. They will really enjoy all of the learning materials when they go to school.

CDOBloggers Christmas Outreach and Feeding Program was a huge success! We will be back! 🙂

If  you wish to donate or contribute something on our next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below. We will appreciate any help you could offer. Should you also want to join us next time, here’s a snippet on our very long bumpy ride to our outreach destination:

Special thanks to the following:

Cash contributors : Bang, Ems, Ding, Vic, Venus, Eleanor, Shailini, Grace, Myra;

Paypal contributors:  Harriane Calwill, Verna Liza Luga, Borris Mabulay, Kristy June Dinampo, Teresa Barcelon-Tippett, Dexter Panganiban, Karen Chayne Sanchez, Jessica Cassidy, Ruby Ricafrente, Jay Ginete, Mhai Damasco;

For those who helped in the preparation : Ruby, Eleanor Mike, Ding, Jacques, and Ems;

For those who gave their time to join in the outreach: Ruby, Eleanor Mike, Ding, Jacques, Ems, Vic, and Emman;

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Incubus Live in Manila 2011! I was there!

August 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Incubus Live in Manila 2011 was awesome! I never thought in my entire lifetime I would be able to watch this band perform live but I did! This is the second time they performed in the Philippines and they were still able to have the Araneta Colisuem filled with people.

As the gates opened, we went inside the coliseum right away and waited for the show to start. After a couple of minutes, Franco, a Filipino Rock supergroup comprised of members from other bands began playing as the front-act of the concert. They played 5 songs. Or at least, that’s what I remember.

After which, the assistants of Incubus set-up the stage. People began screaming at this point. I guess that’s just how excited we were with Incubus!

After a couple of minutes, finally Brandon Boyd and the rest of the band members came to the stage and electrified us with their much smashed hit Megalomaniac. People began standing, screaming, singing along, and taking videos and photos. Because people were singing along, you could no longer hear the voice of Brandon clearly! Araneta was on a high!!!! They played a lot of songs from their previous albums and their new ones. And as expected, they sang Nice To Know You as their farewell.

All in all, it was a very great concert! Sulit! I never regretted that we went there all the way from Cagayan de Oro just to watch them live! 🙂

By the way, Mike the guitarist wrecked his guitars and an amplifier during the concert. I guess that’s just how perfectionist he is when it comes to their music. 

We took videos and will be uploaded soon. For the meantime, here are some photos from the concert. Sorry for the quality because these were just taken from my digital camera.

Franco as the front-act

Araneta Coliseum

Incubus is finally onstage!!!

Brandon Boyd undressing! OMG!

Cheers to a fun-filled concert experience!

The Kagay-anon!-

 

 

 

Kagay-an EcoTrail Run

June 12, 2011 2 comments

I wanna join this one! I haven’t tried ecotrail run yet!   If ever, this would be my first. No, I’m not registering to the 21K category. I’ll go with the beginners fun run since it would be my first time. Who wants to go with me?

Photo by Nature Inc. RSVP at Explore and Endure: The 1st Kagay-an EcoTrail Run event page.

See you!

-The Kagay-anon!-

 

 

 

 

 

My Journey to ‘Virgen sa Guadalupe’

April 22, 2011 2 comments

Spent Maundy Thursday at the Guadalupe Shrine in Brgy. Tablon once again. This was my 3rd time to visit the place and have my station of the cross there. Just like my previous trek at the place, it’s very fulfilling. The view of nature is spectacular. The station of the cross is challenging. I am reminded of God’s passion, blessings, and unconditional love. I recommend you to spend a part of your Holy Week there.

On our way to Brgy. Tablon. That’s my cousin Jessa and I.

Upon arriving Tablon, we need to ride a “tricycle” to reach the starting point of the river trek. That’s my cousin Jenard and I.

At the starting point, there are candles and sticks sold. The candles are for the station of the cross. The sticks are for the river trek. You need the stick to keep your balance while crossing the river. Also, sunglasses and a cap is very important.

That’s my aunt Venus, my mom Fely, me, and Jessa. We’re ready now! It’s good to have companions.

We have to hold our slippers. It’s easier to cross the river on barefoot, even if it hurts. Outdoor Sandals is recommended. No to slippers.

We have to cross the river 9 times to go through the station of the cross. 🙂 Quite challenging, yes.

The very essence of the trek is to pray at each station. It’s a reminder of Jesus’ passion.

We had stops along the way.

Cross the river again…

Walk a very long distance…

Until we reached the Guadalupe shrine.

At the foot of the shrine, we can eat our baons and bond.

Or ride a horse.

But don’t forget to hear mass (if there is) and/or pray at the chapel. 🙂

I even get a chance to capture wonderful sights at the place. See the photos here.

Until next year.

-The Kagay-anon!-

Metro Manila 2011

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi! I just recently went to Manila to attend an event  (work-related) there and it was so memorable!

I’ve been to Manila many times already but I haven’t really got the chance to roam around the metro (since it has always been just a side trip) until this recent trip of mine. I enjoyed it!

I won’t be giving a very-detailed blog of this trip  since I know it would bore you to death (Most of  the time, we were doing some work-related stuff). Instead, I’ll just be showing some of the things we did that you can do in Manila too.  Hope this will be a great help to newbies in the metro. 🙂

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Green Hills. It is where you can find a lot of beautiful stuff with very cheap prizes. I got to buy shoes, bags, and other accessories during our visit there.  It did not cost me more than a thousand to have complete outfit! You can even haggle too! Plus, it’s convenient and comfortable unlike other bargain shops.

Eastwood City, Libis. Restaurants, Galleries, Boutiques, Entertainment. You name it, Eastwood has it! It’s a nice place to just chill! You might even spot a celebrity or two. 🙂

Museums. In Manila, you can visit a lot of museums where you can learn a lot about the Filipino culture and history. I find the National Museum very educational. It’s a must-visit! 🙂

Rates: Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas – P100.00 ; National Museum – P100.00

Manila Ocean Park. One of the enjoyable tourist spots in Manila. See the beauty of marine life! 🙂

Rate: For P500.00, you get to visit the Oceanarium, Jellies (Dancing Jelly Fishes), Marine Nature Park (Sea Lions), and the Marine Show. It will take you approximately half day to tour the place.

Watch the Jellies:

Punchline. If you are IN for a night of fun and music, why not try going to comedy bars like Punchline? It will not hurt. Just prepare yourself. hehehe 🙂

Rate: It depends. When we went to Punchline, the entrance fee was P250.00 and we still have to buy our drinks. The guest for that night was Regine Velasquez’ famous impersonator ANTON DIVA.

Aliwan Fiesta. The best time to visit Manila is when there are feasts / festivals happening where you get to watch parades of colorful floats and dancing filipinos showcasing the rich Philippine culture.

Fun Run. If you are a fitness and running buff like me, Manila is the best place to go! There are lots of fun runs and marathons happening every now and then. It was so great that when the time we visited Manila, there was a running event and it’s even for a cause. I grabbed the opportunity, of course! 🙂

The best part of this trip? The MRT Ride!!!

More places to visit in my next trip to Manila! Till then! 🙂

-The Kagay-anon!-

Karting at Kartzone (Cebu City)

April 13, 2011 6 comments

It has been awhile since I learned about this Karting Area in Cebu. Kartzone (located in F. Cabahug, Ayala Access Road, Mabolo, Cebu City) is open to all, accessible, hassle-free, and cheap. One of the must-tries in Cebu City, definitely. I’m sharing you some photos I took at the venue of this new challenge I conquered.

The best time to go there is on a late afternoon when it’s not hot. They open at 10am and closes at 6pm. No reservations needed. Walk-ins are allowed.

If you happen to go there when it’s sunny, don’t worry, there are masks available.

Karts. Single Seaters and Double Seaters are available. It’s your choice whether to go on solo or with a partner.

I recommend the Single-Seater because it’s lighter and you can easily maneuver the Kart. 🙂

This is the Kart Field.

The single-seater kart I rode.

That’s their rate. Not bad for 8 lapses. You may add more.

If it’s your first time, don’t worry, there is an orientation before karting. A video will be shown teaching you about the signals, the flags, the functions of the kart’s parts, and the Do’s and Don’ts of Karting.

Members get to avail discounts and perks as well. 🙂

The Kagayanon is ready to go!!! 🙂

On the track. Karting is actually easy because the Kart is automatic. There are two pedals, one for the break and one is the accelerator. At first, it’s hard but eventually after 2-3 lapses, you’ll be able to adjust and maneuver the kart easily.

And after Karting, you might get tired. They have bar where you can order food and beverages. 🙂 Or you might go to Jollibee just in front of the KartZone instead.

So, that’s it! If you’re in Cebu City, never leave without having to try Karting at Kartzone!

For the Kagay-anons, how I wish we have Kartzone here! I hope there will be one in the future.

 

The Kagay-anon!-

 

Snippets of the Kaamulan Festival 2011 Street Dancing Competition

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Video by Captured Cagayan de Oro

Photos by Pauleen Quette Eduave

I will be posting  a detailed blog about this trip soon. 🙂

 

-The Kagay-anon!-