“Get Up for Kids!” celebrates Buwan ng Wika through Children’s Hour Pinoylympics

“Get Up for Kids!” celebrates Buwan ng Wika through Children’s Hour Pinoylympics

MANDALUYONG, Philippines, 17 August 2019 — Volunteers from GOLDEN ABC, Inc. (GABC) celebrates Buwan ng Wika on its second month of its series of friends-raising activities with the children of Alay Pag-asa Christian Foundation, Inc. (Alay Pag-asa) in Mandaluyong City.

Participants for the Get Up for Kids! Volunteer activity in Alay Pag-asa (In photo: Volunteers from GABC, Children’s Hour team, Alay Pag-asa parents and teachers, and children beneficiaries).

GABC mobilized 30 employees to spend their Saturday morning volunteering to serve and spend time with 50 child beneficiaries of Children’s Hour in Alay Pag-asa. In line with the celebration of the Buwan ng Wika in the month of August, the kids and volunteers participated in a Pinoy-themed amazing race, “Pinoylympics,” that tested their pagka-Pilipino.

The participants were broken into groups and were divided into five teams. The race consisted six stations: 1) Calamansi relay, 2) May Kabuluhan (Pinoy trivia), 3) Bugtong-bugtong (Filipino riddles), 4) Kainan (eating contest), 5) Kantahan (Filipino nursery rhymes), 6) Kabayanihan (Filipino heroes’ stories), and Paghahabi (weaving activity).

The Pinoylympics started off with a classic Pinoy children's party game, calamansi relay. The calamansi relay was a game where each member of the team put a spoon in his or her mouth with a calamansi on it and raced around a designated spot. Whenever the calamansi fell off, the member had to start over. The first group with all the members finishing the route won.

May Kabuluhan (Pinoy trivia) was a series of questions that the team needed to answer correctly. The questions posed were all about the Philippines. It’s a test of stock knowledge and how well the participants knew about the country and its people. They needed to answer at least 12 out of 20 questions correctly in order to move forward to the next leg of the race.

Bugtong-bugtong (Filipino Riddles) was a similar test of knowledge where the questions were phrased in a puzzling statement which the members must solve. Both children and volunteers needed to put their heads together to answer the riddles as quickly as they can in order to move to the next round.

Kainan was an eating contest where all the children participated in. The young members of the team had to eat a set of mangoes served to them in a particular span of time. Mangoes or mangga in Filipino is the national fruit of the Philippines. Philippine mangoes come in different varieties and it is one of the most important fruit crops of the country aside from bananas and pineapples.

The Kantahan leg was a test of physical endurance and muscle coordination for the whole team. All members had to cooperate to finish the whole song of Tong-Tong-Tong-Tong Pakitong-kitong while simultaneously playing a game of jump rope. Once the team accomplished this challenge, they advanced to the next station.

Kabayanihan or “heroism” in English translation was a reading comprehension exercise that evaluated the listening skills of the team. Each group was provided with different stories of Philippine heroes that tested their knowledge on how much they knew about the Philippines’ history. This activity also added in an element of appreciation for the Philippine heroes and heroines that sacrificed their lives for the nation’s independence. Stories of Andres Bonifacio, Apolinario Mabini, Gabriela Silang, Emilio Jacinto, and Lapu-lapu were some of the featured heroes in this station.

The last station of the race was the Paghahabi (weaving) challenge wherein the members of the team had to accomplish creating five traditional mats or banig. This activity strengthened the teamwork and cooperation of the members, while bringing more appreciation and tribute to one of the Philippines’ artistry and culture.

Over all, the challenges in the Pinoylympics brought into light one of the most important Filipino values which was Bayanihan. This value refers to the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation to achieve a particular goal.

The activity concluded with a feeding program to which the children’s parents and teachers worked together to prepare the meals, and the volunteers from GABC assisted in serving it to the children.

The children’s meals were carefully prepared with a balanced diet, serving them with chicken, brown rice, boiled saba banana, lumpiang shanghai, and nuts. They also received additional sticky rice snack treats or kakanin for dessert like suman, puto, kutchinta, and maja blanca. The food served were all rich in protein, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, and other micronutrients which are all essential sources of nourishment to help the kids’ growth and development.

Children eat the nutritious lunch prepared for them during the salu-salo.

Birthday celebrants for the month of August were also recognized and were given birthday cupcakes.

“It was worth sacrificing my Saturday morning to spend time with these children because I had lots of fun. I even had an unexpected refresher course in the May Kabuluhan station about Philippine facts and trivia. I’m surprised that I was able to review and recall these interesting things about my home country,” Ms. Chloee Kardash, a volunteer from GABC shared.

The kids definitely had a great time as well. “Ilan po sa mga nagustuhan kong palaro ay yung Bugtong-bugtong at May Kabuluhan [Some of the games I liked were the Filipino riddles and Pinoy Trivia],” one of the beneficiary participants shared. “Kasi po marami po akong nalaman at natutunan sa aking mga Ate at Kuya. Tinulungan po nila kami na makasagot [Because I discovered and learned a lot from my Ate and Kuya. They helped us answer the questions].”

“Nagustuhan ko po yung Paghahabi, kasi po nagandahan po ako sa kinalabasan ng mga ginawa namin! [I liked the weaving activity because I was amazed with what we were able to create!],another beneficiary exclaimed. For most of the children, it was their first time to experience a weaving activity. It was a new creative art form which they enjoyed learning.

“This may seem just a few hours you’ll be spending with our child beneficiaries, but the experience will always remain in these kids’ hearts. Even if they forget your names, they’ll still be able to look back at this moment and recall that they had a wonderful time together with you,” Sir Edgar Geolina, Executive Director of Children’s Hour explained.

GOLDEN ABC and Children’s Hour have been partners since early 2000. Hand in hand, these organizations work together to provide quality education, proper health and nutrition, and child protection to Filipino children nationwide.

Children’s Hour envisions a nation where Filipino children have access to their basic rights, such as the right to education, which will allow them to enjoy a happy, safe, and fulfilling future. This is achieved with the help of the foundation’s One Hour Campaign, where they invite individuals and companies to donate at least an hour’s worth of their annual salary. With your continuous support, Children’s Hour can help more children nationwide to achieve their dreams.

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