The joy of giving

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By Mimi Olarga

Points of View

Saturday, June 21, 2014


THEIR batch had produced successful professionals—engineers, accountants, bankers, doctors, businessmen, and others.

The alumni of Batch 1984 of St. Joseph School- La Salle have become successful in their respective professions because, first and foremost, they have become men and women for others.

Thirty years since their high school graduation, the members of Bagol continue to share life’s blessings with those who have less in life.
Why Bagol? Not only is the group’s moniker unique but this name evokes a wonderful memory of the group’s high school play.

Last June 9, ten members of Bagol went to two day care centers in Cadiz City, particularly in Brgy. Cadiz Viejo and Brgy. Sicaba. For Mina, Mercy, Tony, Dave, Randy, Arlene, Louella, Annelyn, Ronald and Briggs, this day was one big “re-education” for all of them.

To strengthen their bond and to concretize their mission of becoming men and women for others, the members of Bagol pooled their resources to buy school supplies, toys, and food for the 90 kids in Cadiz Viejo and for the 50 kids in Sicaba.

These coastal schools were just some of the badly hit areas of Cadiz in the wake of super typhoon Yolanda.

Teacher Ma. Socorro Rela from Cadiz Viejo and Teacher Shayne Ann Provencion of Sicaba and their pupils warmly welcome the Bagol members.

For the Bagol members, the happiness and infectious smiles of the Day Care pupils, and their embrace to show gratitude for the gifts of love, were more than enough to ease their tired bones after a long drive.

They may have been there for a brief period of time, but their short bonding moments with kindergarten children is worth a lifetime of wonderful memories and learning. Why not? Even Robert Fulghum had written, “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten.”

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 21, 2014.

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