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Pens of Hope: The Awesome Lawaan Experience!

Pens of Hope is turning 4 this month! And what better way to celebrate it than distribute some goodies to another deserving school: the Lawaan Elementary School in the town of Laoang, Northern Samar.

Here are pictures of the goodies we distributed. The yellow bags contained loot bags with pencils and toys for each of the 141 kids. We previously got the number of boys and girls in each grade level. We used this as basis for buying toys for the kids. The toys in the three other frames are toys which we gave out as prizes for the games and the raffle. We had lots of toys this time kasi December naman eh. We wanted the distribution to become an advance Christmas gift to them.

From the main road where we alighted from the van that took us to Barangay Lawaan from the province’s capital, Catarman, the goodies were loaded into a habal-habal. The short ride on the narrow road in the middle of a ricefield kept me excited.

When we arrived, we saw these eager little kiddos na sobrang behave sa pila nila.

A loud and upbeat Christmas song was playing from the school’s sound system. Someone handed me a printed program of the event as soon as I entered the school grounds. I realized right there and then that the school had prepared for our visit.

After the flag ceremony, the school and barangay officials warmly welcomed us and gave inspiring messages to the kids.

I was in for a big surprise when the emcee announced that the kids prepared dance numbers! Super twang-tuwa talaga ako sa kanila! Here they are dancing to Boom Boxx’s “Hey Yo Cappuccino” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” Napasabay ako sa indak nila. Ang saya kasi eh hehehe.

After the dance numbers, we distributed the loot bags. In the loot bags were pencils and toys for each of the kids.

Then it was time to play games! It was super fun!

After the games, we raffled off lots of toys! Halos lahat din ng bata may naiuwing prize from the raffle.

For the kids’ snack, my nanay volunteered to bake some muffin for all the kids to enjoy. Unfortunately, there was blackout on the day she baked the muffins. Kaya mano-mano ang ginawa naming pag-mix. Sakit lang sa braso hehehe. But it was all worth it naman. We just bought some individually packed juice for their drink. Sorry, di na nakuhanan ng pics.

I was facilitating the activities so I asked an 11-year-old kid to take the pics for me. Mga 3 minutes lang ng orientation ng paggamit ng DSLR and he was good to go haha. Medyo kinabahan lang ako kasi I set everything to auto but he couldn’t keep himself from rotating the lens hahaha! But I guess okay pa naman ang motor ng lens ko πŸ˜‰

I want to thank everyone who has supported Pens of Hope through the yearsβ€”-giver man ng material goods o giver ng moral support. Maraming salamat sa inyo. Kay bilis talaga ng panahon. Four long years na pala!

To all the donors of this particular distribution, sana’y napasaya kayo ng mga litrato. How I wish you were able to personally witness and hear the children’s laughter and excited shrieks. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! Special shootout goes to Blogger D and to Chubby of Pavilion 4 (hehehe peace!). Pinasasalamatan ko rin si Ate ko who took time out to travel all the way from Manila at nagpuyat talaga to prepare the logistics (at nagluto na rin for my family hehehe).

Muli, maraming, maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo. You have made this event a very special one, hindi lang para sa mga bata kundi para na rin kay Miss N. I am truly, truly grateful. Blessings to you all.

Next distribution will be in May, in time for the opening of classes next year. I still have enough number of pencils for the next distribution. What I’ll be gathering are ballpens (for Grades 3-6) as well as erasers, sharpeners, and notebooks.

Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 5:29 pm.

32 comments

32 Replies

  1. wow, such a good deed! look at those kids happy faces….:)

    re: thanks for dropping by…winder dito mga Jan-March…:)

  2. Maraming salamat, Dhemz. Nakakatuwang makakita ng happy faces.

  3. Hindi ako updated dito.

    Congrats again Miss N. πŸ˜€

  4. Maraming salamat, MP! Di ka na kasi dumadalaw kaya hindi ka na-update haha. Joke lang. Sige, will keep you posted next time πŸ˜‰

  5. Congrats Miss N.!
    I just read your entry about Pens of Hope. Your project is really good! I would like also to participate…

  6. Wow, maraming salamat! Hayaan mo, will keep you posted next time. Baka this coming May meron πŸ˜‰

  7. Congratulations once again for a job well-done. It’s a joy to see these pictures. “If you can be trusted with little things, you can be trusted with big things.” – Just wait Miss N. Something big is coming your way…. πŸ™‚ God bless as always!

  8. Maraming salamat, Inay. Haha, don’t worry po, di naman ako naghihintay ng big things in return. Ang super big things para sa akin ay yung smile ng mga bata πŸ˜‰

    God bless din, Inay! Miss na kita.?

  9. Awesome, indeed Ms. N! Napapangiti ako habang tinitingnan ang mga pictures. Kita-kita sa mga larawan ang pananabik at saya ng mga bata pati na rin ng mga magulang at mga teachers. Full support din ang grupo nila kapitan! πŸ™‚

    Congrats sayo at sa lahat ng mga tumulong at patuloy na tumutulong sa success ng POH project mo.

    God bless you and your beautiful soul!

    P.S.
    Hinanap ko yung picture ng muffins, parang bigla ko kasing na-imagine ko yung amoy ng freshly baked muffins. Hmmmm! Sarap! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. Ay, maraming salamat! Pakisabi kay Chubby maraming salamat sa suporta. Suuuuuuper naappreciate ko talaga. Alam kong mahiyain si Chubby kaya sa iyo ko na lang padaanin ang mensahe ko para sa kaniya hehehe.

    Naku, totoo yan, as in todo-todo yung support na nakuha ko from the community. Super aliw. Nakakataba ng puso.

    Sorry, sa totoo lang nawala na sa isip kong kuhanan ng picture yung muffins hehe. Next time siguro hehehe.

  11. Wow, I give my salute to your mom who baked the muffins for the kids! Mano-mano pa!

    God bless you more for your generosity, Ms. N!

  12. Mano-mano, indeed, Doc Gelo. Pero happy naman si mudra habang gumagawa ng muffins πŸ˜‰

    Maraming salamat, Doc! God bless din po!?

  13. congrats sa project mo! ito mga picture nahuman pala sira maka karawat regalo..Those smile are genuinely happy and it reminds me to be happy with simple things?

    thank you for sharing!

  14. Aw, mao na. Kasimple la san mga regalo yet super happy gud an mga bata. Tama ka, these things remind us to be child-like, yung maging happy bisan la sa simple nga mga butang.

  15. Congrats Miss N! God willing, I’ll support this May… πŸ™‚

  16. Mark! Maraming salamat. Sige, i-poke kita before mag-May haha!

  17. Wow…4 years na?? Ang bilis ng panahon talaga at until now hindi ko pa nabibigay kahit isang ballpen ko πŸ™

    Pwede sumama sa May??

    Congrats Miss N πŸ™‚

    ahhh Merry Christmas in advance bago ako maglaho ulit …

  18. Yep, 4 years na, Ross. Tama ka, napa-reflelct din nga ako kung gaano kabilis ng panahon. Parang kelan lang ay pinag-uusapan natin ang hosting ng blog na ito haha.

    Don’t worry, Ross, ipunin mo na lang muna ang mga pencils mo. Marami pa naming chance para magpadala πŸ˜‰ Yung May, hindi ko pa masyado napa-plantsa so di pa rin yun sure. I still have to talk kasi with some people.

    Hmn, saan ka pupunta at maglalaho ka? hehehe. Bula ka ba para maglaho? hehe

  19. wow!! alam niyo po, fulfilling ang nagshashare ng blessings, its like u are really living ur life. natutuwa ako sa mga bata, yong captured moment na hindi mo pweding ipagpalit sa kahit anong amount ng pera. i salute u po!! congrats and merry christmas in advance, sana makasama ako next time! hehehehe

  20. Maraming salamat, Lalah! Tama ka, walang katulad yung feeling na makita mo yung mga bata na nag-smile πŸ˜‰

  21. the toys looked awesome, i am going to claim mine from kikit now hehehe

  22. Aha, kumusta naman, did you get your toy from Kikit? πŸ™‚

  23. congratulations sa iyo at sa lahat ng mga taong sumusuporta sa project na ito…

    … next time sama ako ha?

  24. Well, puwede ka naman sumama, if you have time. Thanks!

  25. Good Job again Ms. N!
    Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

  26. Salamat, Ana. May this be a happy and peaceful year, too, for you and your family.

  27. wow! that was so sweet of you miss N.
    you’re so generous..keep it up
    mabuhay ka..

  28. Damo nga salamat, Joseph!

  29. Kagku-kyut sa mga bata nga nansasayaw. Eskuyla na iton nga naka-pink nga ditoy nga bata? Nalingaw ak magtan-aw. Try ko pag-amot sunod nga Pens of Hope. Kablita na la ak, hehe! Congrats for a job well done!

  30. Kagku-kyut sa mga bata nga nansasayaw. Eskuyla na iton nga naka-pink nga ditoy nga bata? Nalingaw ak magtan-aw. Try ko pag-amot sunod nga Pens of Hope. Kablita na la ak, hehe! Congrats for a job well done!

    Wow, damo nga salamat, Ma’am Doray! Sige, kabliton ta ikaw hehehe

    Indeed, kagkukyut gud nira. Sige ak smile sa nagsasarayaw na sira πŸ™‚

  31. hello, Ms. N… congrats sa PENS of HOPE and its advocacy. pati sa iyo na nasa isang natatanging larangan, ika nga… more years to come, more power and hope to spread around. πŸ™‚ ang sasaya lang ng mga bata sa larawan, kakatuwang tingnan… sail on! πŸ™‚ ~ Ate San

  32. Awwww…..ang sweet mo naman po. Maraming tenkyu, Ate San!


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