“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”— Franklin D. Roosevelt (Second Inaugural Address, 1937)
The Sagunto Friendship Association London (SFAL) designated the children of Pilawan Elementary School the beneficiary of their gift giving during the 2012 Balikbayan Homecoming. While the organizers of the homecoming had designated charitable activities in addition to the celebrations, the SFAL group performed and sponsored additional events such as this building project and a Christmas party.
The SFAL officers asked the two teachers at Pilawan Elementary School what their most pressing need was and were told that a sink where the kids can wash up and get a clean drink of water would be most beneficial.
SFAL was more than happy to grant their request and literally rolled up their sleeves to help out.
Building of wash and drinking area for the kids in Pilawan Elementary School
SFAL pres. digs right in.
SFAL officers and teachers
A clean sink to wash up in and get a drink!
The grateful children of Pilawan School
Image source: facebook profile of SFAL president, Raul Digay, with his permission.
Members of the various Sagunto organizations (SAUSA, SFAL, SUKA) converged on the small school in Pilawan, a sitio of Sagunto, last December to share merriment with the residents and children of the remote mountain locale. The group went up to sponsor a Christmas party and a school project for the benefit of the children and also to share in the laughter and fun. More photos of their charitable activities will be posted here soon. In the meantime, enjoy the hilarity and get a small taste of the joy shared by all.
First video is the race between SFAL President, Judy Digay and SAUSA President, Boying Annaguey.
The following video is of the ladies from both groups. Enjoy!
It’s almost that time of year again when Sisonians abroad are overwhelmed with homesickness as everyone at home gets revved up for the holiday celebrations. For the second time, the Bloom Sison Fun Run will be held to kick off the festivities. Everyone is encouraged to participate!
The following is an update from SAUSA president, Eleno Q. Annaguey, Jr., regarding the planning of the medical outreach scheduled during the balikbayan homecoming in December.
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2012 Sagunto Balikbayan Grand Homecoming
January 3-4 2012
During my vacation to the Philippines last May, I met with our Honorable Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan to let her know of our intention to hold a medical outreach in Sagunto as part of our Grand Homecoming activities. It was an informal meeting to ask for her permission for such an event to be held.
I also asked her for the help of our municipality’s medical personnel, and the possible use of the municipal ambulance. She gave me a positive response and told me to extend her thanks to the association’s membership for planning and sponsoring the medical mission. The Honorable Mayor asked me the scope of the mission and whether it was just for Sagunto or we are including the neighboring barangays. I responded that at that time and because of limited resources, the plan is only for a medical check-up, eyeglass giveaway, and health education/seminars for Sagunto and its sitios.
Since my meeting with the mayor, I have added members to the medical outreach committee and talked with the association’s membership. We have also started asking for voluntary donations for the medical outreach from our kabarangayans abroad and all friends of Sagunto. At this time our planning effort is geared to expanding the original intent (services and area to be served) of the medical outreach. I still need to send to our Honorable Mayor a letter of intent and the scope of the project.
I have requested Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Carvilyn dela Cruz to be members of the committee. As most of us know, Eddie and Carvilyn have done previous medical missions. They have already informed me that contacts and arrangements for medical doctors were already made. I just need to follow up when I go back home.
Our medical committee coordinator, Mrs. Zenaida Velasco, during her vacation to the Philippines last May, has also made arrangements for discounted prices on medicines if we need to purchase medicines.
Mrs. Marlene Dapiaoen-Puente is currently coordinating through her contacts the procurement of medicines and other materials needed.
Mrs. Emily Benosa-Homma is coordinating the eyeglass giveaway as she has always done in the past when she goes home. We need donations of new or used eyeglasses.
Here are the members of the hard-at-work medical outreach committee: