One Hundred School Children From Pilar, Camotes Islands Visit Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines to Do Their Shop-a-wish Activity
On December 28, 2010, one hundred (100) school children from Pilar, Camotes Islands went to Ormoc, Leyte to do their shopping at Gaisano Department Store. Dubbed as Shop-A-Wish, this was part of the culminating activity of the Children’s Festival that was held in Pilar on October 27-28, 2010.
Pilar was one of the four municipalities in Cebu Province that held a Children’s Festival in October as a highlight of the Children’s Month celebration. The Children’s Festival was sponspored and organized by the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF), a funding program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc (RAFI). Financial counterpart was likewise provided by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Pilar.
At the entrance of Gaisano Department Store in Ormoc, the children wait for the distribution of gift certificates from the RAFI staff. They were accompanied by their teachers/guardians and by Vice-Mayor Dodong Maratas (extreme right),
One of the activities of the Children’s Festival was a series of contests participated in by school children whose ages ranged from 4 to 12 years old. The contests included essay writing, singing, poem recitation (balak), harana (serenade) rendition, and folk dance.
Ms. Anabelle Fajardo (in blue shirt), DACF Executive Director, and her staff distribute the gift certificates to the children.
These are the kids who won in the folk dance contest. With them is their facilitator/guardian.
According to Vice-Mayor Dodong Maratas, Pilar regularly holds activities that are geared toward children’s personality development and value formation. He also said that since 2006, Pilar has been declared as Region 7’s Most Child-Friendly Municipality in the 4th-6th class municipality category. In 2010, Pilar was a finalist in the national selection for the Most Child-Friendly Municipality.
Larry Enicuela, Jeams Bear Cabrijas, and Merlou Borinaga, first prize winners in the singing contest, balak contest and harana rendition, respectively.
With this consideration, the local organizers that included the LGU, the teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd), the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), and the Rural Health Unit (RHU) decided to extend the activity to all children; hence, they chose children who rarely participated in extra-curricular activities to join the said contests.
Through the Shop-A-Wish activity, the organizers wanted to teach budgeting to these kids.
The 100 school children who went to Ormoc to do the Shop-A-Wish were the winners in the various contests. Gift certificates amounting to PhP300.00 to PhP800.00 were given to each child. The children and the forty-seven (47) teachers and guardians who accompanied them were treated to a free lunch at Jollibee Ormoc.
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