CHRISTMAS came early this year for some 60 children from Barangay Bata in Bacolod City, who flocked to the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club recently for the annual “Pamaskua Sa Bata” gift-giving party hosted by the Rotary Club of Bacolod-Marapara.

The children, all from the club’s adopted Villa Gracia Day Care Center, had a morning of fun, games, music, a tasty meal and a special visit by Santa, who took time out from his busy schedule to give each child a great gift.

“After an absence of two years due to the pandemic, it's great to be back with our annual children's party," Lani Ferrer, the club’s president, said.

She lauded the club members and the Rotoractors for ensuring that the children had a terrific time.

“It’s always heart-warming to see the less fortunate children in our community having so much fun at Christmas,” Ferrer stressed.

The Rotary Club of Bacolod-Marapara undertakes many community outreach activities each year including medical missions, coastal clean-ups, feeding programs, school supplies, computer literacy programs, mangrove planting and support for Eco-tourism projects. (PR)