327 Ate Camille’s Origami with Tahan Tahanan
Written by Board Member, Glenn Costales
Last June 7, U! Happy Events again got the chance to spend a lively Saturday with the wonderful children of Tahan-Tahanan in East Avenue Medical Center. It was one of the more familiar venues for the team as it had already hosted quite a number of events. Tahan-Tahanan is located inside the hospital and serves as a halfway home for children with non-communicable diseases, as well as their parents/ guardians, who come from the provinces to seek treatment in Metro Manila.
Kuya Gus and Ate Camille Bercades sponsored the day’s event by celebrating their son Caleb’s 1st birthday with the kids of Tahan-Tahanan. Together with their relatives and friends, along with some volunteers, the Bercades Family geared up for a grand birthday event.
After getting to know each other, the pair of kid and kuya/ ate got a springy start to the event with the Body-Parts game. In the game, the kid and volunteer had to connect their body parts as instructed by the game host. The game really broke the ice between the pairs and sure did ‘stretch’ them to the limit.
The main activity was next up for everyone. Professional magician and entertainer Kuya Ron guided everyone through the Origami Workshop. Several instructions later, the colorful papers came to life as lions, dolphins and birds.
After the workshop, everyone gathered for an amazing Bubble Show. It was a fitting compliment to the day’s art activity as it captured the kids’ fascination even deeper and inspired their creativity that much more.
The birthday would not be complete without presents. But instead of receiving them, baby Caleb, through her parents, handed out awesome gifts to each of the kid present that day.
Lastly, being a celebration, the kids and volunteers sat down for a festive meal. A savory serving of pasta, barbeque and a slew of other sumptuous sweets greeted them in the dining hall as they continued to share their stories.
2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV) says “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” The day’s event did not just materialize out of generosity. It was an outward expression of worship and thanksgiving to God from the parents of Caleb.
From Ate Camille Bercades:
In our son’s first year of life, he was hospitalized twice due to pnuemonia and dengue. During those trying moments, we realized how blessed it is to have good health. Moreover we were surrounded with compassionate friends and relatives who consoled and prayed with us. Thus with much thanksgiving, we decided to reciprocate God’s love and goodness. We were able to do so with the help of U! Happy Events. They wholeheartedly served the children of Tahan-Tahanan with their high energy and sweet smiles. They hosted the fun games, coordinated with the origami artist and the bubble show crew. Those were simple activities but it made the children really happy. Seeing them smile was priceless. It was also a great opportunity for the volunteers/guests to give – may it be just themselves or in kind. Overall it was an opportunity for everyone to be a blessing and as I see it, it was mission accomplished. To God be the glory.
U! Happy Events again expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Bercades Family. The team likewise recognizes the family’s relatives, friends, including the volunteers who came, for their support. It is through the outpouring of the hearts of people like them that we are able to serve the way that we can.