28 years
of
Community Service
MUNTING NAYON
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
Tutuusin mo nga          

“The Power of Gold . . .  and the love that you give”



Emailed for posting by Carlos A. Arnaldo
Manila
December 19, 2016

 
 


“Opo, Miss, yung large lang.” So she again took everything out and put it in the slightly smaller box to make a perfect fit. It gave me a chance to see what there was without seeming nosy.

“Are you sending that all as pamasko? Where to?”

“Masbate, po, my family.” She was probably 19 or 20 and the sole family member in Manila to earn for the family. Her goods probably cost her all her savings, her December sahod and her 13th month bonus. There were skin creams, little leather pouch bags, cookies and candies, some T shirts and a pair of branded jeans! I wondered what kind of Christmas she would have here by herself! But looking at her penetrating smile, she seemed more happy that she could send a full and jolly pamasko-bayan box home to ate, her brothers and sisters, mom and dad in Masbate. There were probably a hundred a day or more such customers of LBC this season.

One of my college students was about to celebrate her 18th birthday, usually by a deluxe and stunning (and very expensive!) début at some ritzy hotel! She decided to forego the début and put all her funds into buying presents for the children with special needs of Elsie Gaches Village in Muntinlupa. She also invited several of her classmates to join and help in distributing the gifts and snacks to the children. Afterwards, the college students and the Elsie Gaches kids played a fun match of football before ending the surprise afternoon.

Elsie Gaches Village was created by philanthropist Samuel Gaches and Elsie McCloskey and today cares for more than 600 children and adults with special needs.

On a smaller and perhaps more reachable scale, another student launched a Christmas shoe box. “Load a shoebox with gifts for kindergarten and 1st grade in a poor barangay. At the end of the week she had some 30 shoe boxes full of pencils and pens, notebooks,  art books, candies and cookies, socks and T shirts and many other goodies for the kids. She delivered her Christmas boxes to a poor barangay school the week before Christmas.

Appropriate to this season of giving are the lyrics of a well known country song, ‘We’re here to love.”

Some will lose their souls to the power of gold And all that it may possess They count their blessings by the things that they own Never learning that more is less But from the moment we're born until the fading light And all the seasons that turn in between It's the love that you give in the hour you live That's the measure of the life that you lead.

Ronnie Milsap

    MoreDOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac meet Repatriated Workers from Saudi Arabia
    Department of Labor and Employment

    PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. Undersecretary Joel B.Maglunsod  and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, together International Labor Affairs Bureau OIC Director Mary Sol D. Dela Cruz, meet with the group of repatriated workers from Saudi Arabia who sought assistance in claiming their unpaid wages and benefits from their employers.
     ...
     
    MoreLong live Mother Earth!
    Julia Carreon-Lagoc

    I cannot let Earth Day, April 22, pass without a tribute to Mother Earth, as precious as your own mother—to...
    MoreLong live Mother Earth!
    Julia Carreon-Lagoc

    I cannot let Earth Day, April 22, pass without a tribute to Mother Earth, as precious as your own mother—to...
    MoreLakas Adhika saluted Women and Girls’ IWM spirits
    Marilie Bomediano

    Adhika Inc. and the Filipino Community (FILCOM) recently held a celebration that portrayed the women and girls’ perils in life...
    MoreFred and Nenita Tomas celebrate 25th Wedding Anniversary in Toronto
    Dindo Orbeso

    The husband and wife team of Alfred Tomas and Nenita Tomas celebrated their 25th  wedding anniversary which was attended by...
    MoreOntario FilCan Catholic Parents Organization Sets 3rd Annual Conference
    Tony A. San Juan

    Faithful to its mission and mandate, the Filipino Canadian Parents Association in Catholic Education - FCPACE  will hold its Third Annual Conference on June...
    MorePrince of Peace Parish Lenten Mission Holy Mass and Healing of Parishioners
    Dindo Orbeso

    The Prince of Peace Parish Lenten Mission was held at the Prince of Peace Church in Scarborough, as part of...
     
    More`CON AMOR’ FOUNDATION B0ARD MEMBERS VISIT PROJECTS IN PHILIPPINES
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.

    Welcome!

    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    MoreTHE CHILDREN IN DON MANUEL GK VILLAGE
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...
     
    Disclaimer

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.