Posts Tagged ‘Rizal Province’
…how to get to Ding Tanjuatco St.
As you know, on your Dad’s 66th birth anniversary, his home town of Tanay, Rizal officially honored one of their favorite sons by changing the name of Padre Burgos St. to Congressman Ding Tanjuatco St.
The ceremony began with the attendees walking a few steps to the ceremonial unveiling with Mayor Lito and the family.
There were the usual speeches I won’t bore you with, though after all of that, our LittleTwinBoardmember gave the response from the family. He talked about the very early days – your dad forming the opposition after Tito Ninoy’s assassination in 1983, how he accompanied your dad to the Tabing Dagat restaurant (on what is now Ding Tanjuatco St.) It was just your dad and three other guys planning how to give the province a voice against the dictator – a small but significant start as the anti-Marcos movement spread rapidly through Rizal. He was a selfless dreamer indeed.
There’s such a lesson to learn from that. Dino said he thought it would be impossible for your dad and his cohorts to get others to join them but your dad was completely unfazed and totally focused on what he had to do in his little corner of the world. I guess there’s a time for thinking and a time for just doing.
What made the event extremely memorable was not that it was an especially beautiful day or that it was his birthday or that there was a good turn out. It was the fact that just as Dino finished his speech, a small butterfly flitted over our heads – and it was bright yellow.
It’s almost time for Pinugay Elementary School’s annual Christmas Party! It will be held the morning of December 17th 2009 to be precise.
The school is situated in the mountains of Pinugay in Tanay, Rizal – a rural area about 3 hours from Metro Manila where people rarely have enough to get by. It’s become a tradition for the LittleTwinClan to throw the kids a party at Christmas and there’s no doubt it’s something the students look forward to.
The party is usually a simple affair. Last year, the teachers facilitated the games and the kids had a marvelous time. (It really doesn’t take much!) Aside from the fun, each student takes come a goody bag and in the past, thanks to donations from generous friends, we were able to stuff the bags with loot like:
- coffee (for the parents!)
- canned goods
- evaporated milk
For the game prizes, we usually have the following ready to hand out as soon as a game ends:
- toys (new or old but working)
- pencils / crayons
- coloring books
- reading books
Here’s hoping that we don’t just replicate what we did last year but outdo it
Donations in cash and kind are welcome. The items listed above are what we suggest but donors may have better ideas and can give what they like. Cash donations will likely be used to buy rice.
So to all our dear friends and readers from near and far, please spread some of that Christmas cheer to the little corner of the world known as the Pinugay Elementary School. There are at least 120 kids we need to treat – not to mention their younger siblings who aren’t in school yet but come to join the fun.
Do please click away on the “donate” button on the right. The Kiki & Lala Blog will post an accounting of how your precious donations were spent just as we did for the typhoon victims. Thank you in advance for opening your hearts and pockets!!
MALIGAYANG PASKO SA INYONG LAHAT!!!
(that means MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!)
Dear Kiki and Donors,
I do apologize for the delay…
Finally, here is the story of where all your generous contributions for the flood victims in Rizal province went exactly.
Kiki sent me $350…
…which as you can see came to P14,444.09.
LittleTwinBokal also gave me another P3,000 from a LittleTwinTita so I had a total of P17,444.09 to use! That is NOT bad for a LittleTwinBlog such as ours.
I gave P7,000 to LittleTwinBokal’s office to cover the cost of gasoline for the van and to buy rice.
So P17,444.09 – P7,000.00 left me with P10,444.09 to shop for relief goods!
I went to two supermarkets.
In Makati Supermarket, I spent…
The items on this bill included approximately:
- 60 instant noodles cup
- 100 cans of sardines
- 44 toothbrushes
- 30 packs of biscuits
- 10 packs of toothpaste sachets
- 50 bars of soap
- 6 packs of diapers
There were no small bottles of water in Makati Supermarket so I headed to S&R.
My total bill there was… P4,366.45
And with that I was able to buy:
- 210 bottles of water (350ml each)
- 100 cans sardines
- 84 noodle packs
- 102 tetra packs of milk (110ml each)
And when we put all that together… this is what it looked like…
So thank you once again to our donors – you know who you fabulous people are! – for opening your hearts and pockets for the people of Rizal province. As you can see, a little can go a long, long way.
Rizal is still recovering from this disaster, there is still a lot of work to do and we hope you can help us help the people there.
Maraming salamat, po!
On Thursday, we headed out to Tanay, Rizal to give out relief packs to those affected by the floods of Typhoon Ondoy (known internationally as Ketsana). Because our usual route was closed we had to make a detour through Cainta, Taytay, Binangonan and Baras (I think!)
Here’s what we saw on the way…
We went to an elementary school-turned-evacuation center in Barangay San Isidro first. It’s actually our voting precinct! Do you recognize this as the place we go to on election day??
Even before we got there, those living in the evac center were eagerly awaiting the supplies.
There was a pretty good system in place. Each family staying at the school was asked to register the day before so on our end, we prepared one care package per family.
It’s always the kids that move us most in situations like these…
This is Jolina. She’s 7 months old and at least looks content with the cracker she’s snacking on.
This little guy is MJ. He’s four months old and though you may not be able to tell from the picture, he has developed a rash on his face and bites on his arms since staying at the evacuation center. He is the youngest of four kids who all looked like they were under 10 years old. His mom told me, their house was completely washed away.
Some people complained that they weren’t able to register as recipients of relief goods because they weren’t staying at the evacuation center, even though their homes were still flooded.
As you can imagine it’s hard to turn people away – especially since we were with LittleTwinBokal. However, we were able to make arrangements for extra care packages to be delivered to their homes which you would need a rubber boat to get to. This responsibility was left to the heads of the Barangay so I do hope the aid got to where it was needed.
Thankfully, there is always room for smiles…
After I took this someone asked, pang facebook ba yan o friendster? I guess, they’re not as rural as we think.
After the first school, we made our way back to the HQ to load the truck with the next mountain of relief packs.
We formed a line from the receiving area of the HQ, through the hallway, past the kitchen, to the back door and to to the truck to load over 500 bags. It turned out to be a very substantial work out.
And just in case you were wondering what the street right outside the HQ looks like:
It was actually quite dry when we got there but it rained after our first drop off and the water collected very quickly since the earth was already saturated.
Here’s Lala stuck in the mud – literally…
Moving on… out next stop was actually a barangay hall more than an evac center. Barangay Tandang Kutyo was one of the worst hit. Fifty people lost their lives here because the area is right by a creek.
There seemed to be more people here though the system was more or less the same. The recipients were given stubs a day or so before the good were delivered.
The throngs of people had been waiting and there didn’t seem to be a well-formed line but they had to be parted in order for us to swiftly unload the relief packs.
And here were are passing the goods down the line.
Most of us were dressed in yellow. And as a result we heard someone say, Ay, siguro galing kay Noynoy yan kasi naka dilaw eh. (Umm… ok…)
Unfortunately, there are some areas (so far, not in Tanay) that the barangay captains or politicians who are meant to distribute the care packages are hoarding them for themselves or saving them for the campaign period!! There must be some way of controlling this.
Not sure if these guys can actually help.
We didn’t stay for the distribution of all the goods so I do hope they got to those who needed it.
On the way home, I felt good about what we did but there were some sad reminders about the effects of the storm.
So as you can see, relief goods are great for the moment but there are problems that will persist long after the ground has dried.
And with that I mean rise up from their horrendous ordeal that washed away their homes, their possessions and their loved ones.
I set up a Paypal account for our generous friends in Manila and abroad who would like to help our struggling kababayans in Rizal. Our family and our history is rooted in this province so this is the LEAST you and I can do.
In the true spirit of transparency, I will post how much money we’ve collected on a weekly basis. And you, Lala, will post how that money was spent. This way, our generous friends will know that their hard earned money is going to something constructive.
Let’s make this one count!