Fuente O street children enjoy surprise
Kids express themselves through painted artworks
CEBU CITY (Dec. 07, 2008) – Overcast skies and occasional monsoon rains did not stop Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cebu-Mactan Channel from gathering the street children around and near the Fuente Osmeña rotunda at the heart of the city’s midtown area for a pre-Christmas surprise.
It came to be a perfect celebration just a few hours after Filipinos and boxing fans worldwide cheered as the new global boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao conquered the Golden Boy of international boxing, Oscar de la Hoya, like David against Goliath in their “Dream Match” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The little Davids at Fuente celebrated with the Jaycees as JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel started to kick off their “Bridging The Gap” project in collaboration with Omnilogy of New York run by April Dequito and Haidee Benedicto of JCI Zugbuana.
“It was more of a touching experience for us, Jaycee members, heart-warming even” noted the incoming 2009 President Emi Rose R. Parcon who led the members in gathering impromptu some 30 street children at Fuente Osmeña.
Members treated the children with some food, entertained them with storytelling sessions and made them express themselves through paintings on canvass in an activity dubbed as START’EM (“STreet children ART Express Moments”).
2008 VP Programs Marlon Ariel L. Polinar, also incoming 2009 VP Administration, brought along his Pharmacy students at Cebu Doctors University (CDU) who volunteered and were very pleased to take part in the afternoon activity.
The artworks will be exhibited on Friday night, Dec. 19, during the “Christmas Tribute” concierto of Israeli Matan Porat (left) at Marcelo Fernan Press Center Theater, according to JCI Mem. Marjorie S. Ceniza, chair of the project working committee.
Former street children in Minstrels Rhythm of Hope Ensemble from Paco, Manila will perform in the same concert.
The Chapter will conduct another START’EM treat on Saturday, Dec. 13, this time for street children in Barangay Carreta and neighborhood in the city’s north district.
Their artworks will similarly be exhibited during the Dec. 19 show where selected children from their group and those at Fuente will have the opportunity to watch it and rub elbows with what some may describe as society’s elite.
They will join 30 children from Don Bosco Boys Home in Liloan town under Rev. Fr. Jun Paradiang, SDB, and 20 orphans from Mission for the poor in Sawang Calero, this city’s south district.
On Saturday, Dec. 27, before Innocents Day, the Chapter and Omnilogy will give the same orphans a memorable “Christmas Moment” at their home in Sawang Calero.
“We are precisely trying to bridge the gaps by race and through boundaries among nations — Israel, the US and Philippines, at least for now, as well as economically and by education,” noted 2008 President Jolex Yu Lim, CLT.
2007 President Angelo Daniel R. Parcon took part in the kickoff with Senior Associate Member ICE “Ice Baby” T. Eviota, 2009 VP operations Irish A. Rago, 2009 incoming Treasurer Iris Vera L. Petralba and Baby member Jeffjohn Navarro.
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