|#TeamBogoCebu #TeamGKCebu #TeamBangus|
To all those who was brave or crazy enough to wear their hearts on their sleeves and told someone how they feel despite the chance of being rejected, but did it anyway. People think you are crazy simply because you took a 5 day vacation leave just to serve and volunteer, but I think it's simply being brave. Brave enough to go against the norm, or the flow.
As for us, we took a chance in volunteering our time to make a difference, even if our impact was not immediate, we still did it anyway believing that one day our small acts of kindness will change someone's life forever.
|This year's bayani challenge targetted over 1million volunteers in 12 provinces for 2 months of nation building!|
This was the most interesting Bayani Challenge for me because it was the last week of the whole Bayani Challenge leg for this year and my first time joining without a group and the first time that it was immediately after multiple calamities both natural and man-made.
|My call to the north: These events brought the Filipino to it's core - relationships that refuse to leave each other behind #Resiliency #WalangIwanan|
For me, the choice location for this year was for both convenience and availability but also it was one of the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan as well. We, me + 1 invited colleague from my workplace decided to take the June 8 -12 (last leg) for Bogo City, Cebu, although I really wanted to check out Bohol this time but that can wait! The Cebu Location Bayani Challenge description was also quite interesting: "Exhibit a bayanihan spirit that refuses to be conquered." #AWESOME
What we did and expect on the next 5-day Bayani Challenge:
|Day1: Paraisong Pambata Day in various schools in different barangays (Stress Debriefing for the kids) - Photo by: Andrew Entera|
|Day 2: House Build @ Yolanda Village in Bogo City. Well you can actually choose which activity you want to join in and there was always house builds going on everyday.|
|Day 3: School Refurbishing and Painting @ Barangay Cumbado Elementary School - which was on top of a really steep and sloped hill. Children here are very healthy indeed!|
|Day 4: Coastal + Street Clean-up and Mangrove Planting (10,000 propagules successfully planted). Kuya Nenu and Barbette with their 'planting styles'|
|So we took various shapes and forms of transportation which was very fun and interesting!|
|We danced with each other through the 'chicken dance' and the 'Unity Dance'|
|Capturing the moment: Group Photo-Ops @ Cumbado Elementary school|
|Of course taking action pics and #Selfies!|
|We took a moment during Independence Day.|
|And don't forget the #Groupie with old and new volunteer-friends!|
This is once again, one of my unforgettable experiences thus far, not only did it re-invigorate me to pursue my passions, interests, hopes, goals and dreams, but it also gives me hope - that we can truly change or influence our surroundings slowly but surely, for the better! So what are you waiting for?
Join us next year, and be of service to our community, country and world!