383 Ate Ren’s and Ate Janelle’s Pinoy Fiesta with Tuklasan

Monday, October 6, 2014

Written by Kuya Harvard

President Benigno Aquino III declared October 6 a regular holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha, it falls on a Monday, meaning Filipinos had a long weekend. Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Abraham to obey God. It is celebrated annually by Muslims around the world. We chose to celebrate it with kids.

Ate Ren dela Cruz is currently one of our core team leaders. Ate Janelle Batacan is her best friend, her dynamic duo in awesome services to others like these. Together they partnered for Pinoy Fiesta for one of our regularly visited orphanage, Tuklasan. The overwhelming theme included face paint, decorations, “dirty” ice cream and Larong Pinoy.

As their friends arrive, we started serving unique lunch bento creations. We took this time as well to encourage getting to know among their assigned groupings. There were four group names that emerged inspired by national heroes- Melchora, Manuel, Jose and Lapu-Lapu.

We got bubble show to kick start the program. Volunteers and kids showed faces of amazement as bubbles in different sizes flew around them. This was at Ate Ren’s must have in her Create Your Event list. Ate Janelle understood why as they both had the opportunity to go inside the biggest bubble ever.

Larong Pinoy got underway! U! Happy Events values this workshop for it brings back happy Filipino game originality in the lives of volunteers and kids. Not only does it identify our culture, it also encourages a more active and relational lifestyle through games.

We had a revised version of Tumbang Preso first. Here we used bowling pins instead of cans and slippers. The goal was still the same- make things tumba or fall. Team Melchora won it convincingly by winning all of the first 3 rounds of play.

Probably the most popular Larong Pinoy, Patintero was next. Here we got teams take turns of doing offense and defense. In the box, we got five of their best to defend against a pestering offense, giving their all to go the other side untapped. Team Manuel emerged as a winner in a championship match against Ate Janelle led, Lapu-Lapu.

The last game was probably the most challenging and exciting- Luksong Tinik. U! Happy Events lengthened the usual 4 rounds to 8. In the last 4, volunteers took the helm in challenging their kids to jump much higher. Ate Ren of Team Manuel struggled here significantly and thus lost to Team Melchora in their finale round against them.

Before we ended a day filled with happiness and glee, we got to sang with much love our celebrants. It was indeed a Happy Birthday! The kids showed their appreciation by hugging the volunteers and then lined up to receive their loot bags and story books. :)

U! Happy Events

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