Padilla: 3 Grand Pasko events to highlight NCCB-CSWDO caring and sharing sked

TODAY, Saturday, the John Hay Management Corporation, headed by Dr. Jaime Eloise Agbayani, President and Chief Operations Officer, will play host to at least 100 mixed group of children from the city’s different Barangays.

The youngsters were selected by the City Social Welfare and Development Office from less fortunate families in the community. At 9:00 o’clock in the morning the historic bell amphitheater at camp John Hay will be the beehive of the JHMC Share-a-joy program accentuated with a palaro of traditional Filipino games with handsome prizes at stake.

For the information and benefit of our throng of Silahis ng Pasko sa Baguio 2014 events participants, supporters and sponsors and volunteer workers, we would like to share with you the letter of Dr. Agbayani to the SNP’14 executive committee through me as the Executive Project Officer of the Christmas Season undertaking. I received the letter a few days ago.

Please read on.

"Dear Mr. Padilla: Allow me to express our sincerest gratitude to you, for partnering with John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) in the Share-a-Joy Project in celebration of the Silahis ng Pasko 2014. This will be held at the Bell Amphitheater on December 6, 2014 with about one hundred (100) indigent children as beneficiaries.

The JHMC’s commitment for the said activity will include the following: 1 -Venue: Bell Amphitheater at the Historic Core, John Hay Special Economic Zone. 2 - Food and drinks for all participants. 3 - Transportation of the participants and CSWDO personnel. 4 - Materials for the games and prizes in kind and 5 - Gift packs for children.

Thank you very much and we look forward to our continued partnership in this endeavor. With Warmest regards, I remain; Very Truly yours, Jaime Eloise M. Agbayani, M.D."

Of course, CSWDO officer Betty Fangasan and yours truly are very happy for the new found partnership which we pray and hope will grow and develop as the years come and go. This December, we are celebrating the 41st year anniversary edition of Silahis ng Pasko sa Baguio. We are deeply touched by the very generous gesture of Dr. Agbayani and the JHMC Board Officers, especially at this time where – honestly we need cooperation, understanding and support to keep our Yuletide Season Calendar of events alive, meaningful and purposeful.

Tomorrow, Sunday, December 7, the exciting and premier presentation of Silahis ng Pasko is the Philippine Military Academy, AFP Cadets Day at the Park Program. Once again, the most awaited silent drill exhibition by an elite company from the Cord of Cadets will surely entertain and wow the spectators with their razor sharp marching formation maneuvers, manual of arms execution and even their modern dance dancing talent and skills. This will be held at Burnham Park. This Special emersion program to bring the PMA closer to the people and vice versa is dedicated to Senior Citizens led by the BARD Foundation, FBASECA, PGRA, VFP-CAR/Baguio District, the hardworking teachers of the CSWDO Day Care Centers, athletes and sportsmen and all SNP participants and event sponsors as well as the general public visitors of the city in particular. At 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, a PMA Combo Concert will be staged at the Justice George Malcolm Square for all of us, simply means you and I.

On Monday, December 8, we will celebrate Immaculate Conception Day at the Shrine of the Brown Madonna at Km. 7, Asin Road. The religious Feast will be celebrated with a thanksgiving mass with Rev. Constantino Melanes as the celebrant. The BARP Foundation headed by Prof. Federico Balanag is the main benefactor of the undertaking.

The mass is at 9 a.m. We are Inviting everyone specially Mama Mary devotees to join us in the celebration. We have more Silahis ng Pasko program attractions coming.

By and the large the Baguio Lucky Balikbayans and CAR-Baguio International Sportsmen-athletes Day is on December 27.

We have started the quest for the individual lucky Balikbayans, the Lucky Balikbayan Couple, the lucky Balikbayan family the Balik ng Balik Balikbayans whoo will be the honorees for the occasion.

Please let us know if you have balikbayan relatives or friends who will be in the city during the holiday season. Our contact telephone numbers are 442-2931 or 44-7893 c/o Mrs. Fangasan or this writer. Salamat po.

In our recent meeting, Prof. Balanag with a big smile said, the BARP Foundation Office along Otek Street will be transferring to its new venue on the second week of January next year.

With God’s blessing, the new office will be located at the 4th floor of the on-going construction of the six-storey BARP multi-Purpose center along Bokawkan Road.

Certainly, this is good news to every BARPer! A simple blessing program to celebrate the momentous episode is presently being prepared by the foundation's special event committee.

Watch out for further developments.

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