Vicente: Sharing the blessings

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By Jayson Vicente

The Path

Thursday, December 26, 2013


THE Tribal Clan Martial Arts System-Baguio Arnis All Stars Inc. (TCMAS-BAASI), is set to share its wonderful blessings of the passing year by visiting the Reception and Study Center for Children in Wangal, La Trinidad as part of the celebration of the holidays.

The project was conceptualized for months and months and will finally be pushing through on December 28 as the TCMAS-BAASI way of reaching out to the community originally coined by one of TCMAS-BAASI's Lakan (Black Belt) sir Peter Adlawan of NUPAI PRO-COR together with this author, the vice president for administration Ayatollah Gadaoni and vice president for Programs Donny Calaunan.

According to Gadaoni, the project is part of the training of the TCMAS BAASI members who are not only inclined to train in the art and sport of Arnis and Filipino martial arts (FMA) but to also be honed as responsible citizens of this country, as young as they are, (elementary, high school and college) they must see for themselves they are luckier than some other kids and they must learn to give importance to what they have and learn to be humble and give or share to those who are less fortunate.

Guided by the virtues of bravery, honor and responsibility, members of the TCMAS-BAASI are taught the value of being human responsive to the reality of life and not being boastful of any achievement but learning to be more assertive of getting better individually for the sake of the whole.

Each member is also reminded always there is no individual member who is better than the other, each becomes better because the team is intact. No one is individually better in the team, but the team is the best as a whole.

As each member learns to be stronger as a person, each member also learns to care for others, activities like this will always be a reality check the world is a place of challenge that if not prepared for becomes a hard obstacle to overcome, on the other hand, each member also realizes the world is never running out of opportunities, always presenting chances of betterment and change.

The TCMAS-BAASI will be cooking for the kids at the center, organizing games, intermissions to cheer the children and distribute crayons, coloring books and some clothes and other things they can use.

It will not be enough but the clan hopes it could at least spark hope in their hearts. The TCMAS-BAASI is also inviting those who are interested to join us or dole out anything for the children.

As early as now, the clan, in behalf of the children at the center, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you! May God Bless You! Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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