Wanting to be the change they seek, a group of men have sparked a catalytic movement that is improving the lives of many Cebuano families by providing new homes and most importantly, new beginnings. And it started just by planning a school’s homecoming party.
One might surmise that if a group of men got together to plan a grand homecoming party, they would simply conjure up a program that would include a fashion show with a bevy of hot Brazilian models, have celebrity appearances— one voted FHM ’s sexiest woman in the
Philippines—and have female models turned-DJs and a popular sexy-girl dance troupe for entertainment. So this group of men did just that, but there was more to it—the Sacred Heart School (SHS) homecoming party last December 29, 2012, hosted by Batch ’87, was an awareness and fund-raiser for their foundation that gives families the chance for new beginnings.
SHS Batch ‘87 has been known to take a seemingly common idea and turn it into a whole new experience, such as throwing a sold-out benefit concert instead of the typical high school “mission fair of the usual jail or marriage booths.” They think outside the box again,
and this time affecting a great deal of change by partnering with non-profit organization Gawad Kalinga to create homes for relocated illegal settlers.
Gawad Kalinga(GK) gives displaced families a second chance at owning the roof over their head, creating not just houses but “communities” all over the Philippines. They build homes and eventually build up spirits of its dwellers. But the homes are not simply dole-outs, instead they are earned through sweat and blood, almost literally: sweat equity (manual building), coupled with values formation programs and livelihood education are the keys to owning a GK house. This is the first time a Sacred Heart School homecoming batch has partnered with a non-profit organization to celebrate a homecoming party and it has turned into the idea they wanted–to have a meaningful activity and have something to look back at after the “homecoming high.”
Last December 8, 2012 in the Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu Gawad Kalinga Village in Sitio Sudlon in Maguikay, Mandaue, a celebration saw 13 houses turned over to beneficiaries, as well as the inauguration of a multi-purpose building that also houses a classroom and a clinic. The 13 houses were built through the generosity of SHS batches ’71, ’74, ’77 and ’85, all inspired by SHS 87’s initiative. To top off that special occasion, SHS alumni doctors conducted a medical mission performing minor surgeries, and gave out free medicines and vitamins. In a village that can accommodate a little over 30 houses, the foundation is calling out to generous hearts to help them build a new community and give more families a brighter future.
Inspired by this altruism, the SHS 2012 elementary class passed around a bottle to help raise funds for this housing project and in as little as 3 weeks came up with a little over the amount it costs to build a whole GK house. The cost of one house is roughly PhP 115,000 to build a simple but sturdy 45-sqm, two-level house. The foundation also accepts donations of construction materials.
Partnering with an organization that means “to give care” was nothing short of a modern day bayanihan effort to live up to the school’s ideals of being men and women for others.
- by Ian E Baol
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Marco Polo Plaza
Marco Polo Plaza will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Festival with the rest of the Irish community! It’s not only a feast of greens and four-leaf clovers but of good food too! From March 17 to 19, dig in and enjoy traditional Irish dishes and delights such as Irish Stew, Potato Nachos, Cheesy Reuben Loaf, Guinness Beef Stew Pot Pie, Beer Mac N’ Cheese and many more. These on top of the international lunch and dinner buffet at Cafe Marco. Complete the experience in true Irish fashion with an ice-cold mug of Irish Beer, also available at Cafe Marco.
Gastronomic adventures await at Café Marco! For inquiries and reservations, you can call (032) 253-1111. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. Visit the website at www.marcopolohotels.com.
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La Liga Henerales: Shaping History Awareness Back Again in Cebu
La Liga Henerales is a community of young talents passionately promotes historical awareness through periodic costumes carefully researched for its authenticity and accuracy and promoted as well in events and schools.
Only few individuals before were into pursuit in this historical awareness project until the age of communication where internet is convenient in the palm of our hands through our gadgets. New information travel fast and data is retrievable, yet also possess a disadvantage with the plethora of different social media platforms carried by various makers as well. In a daily basis, historical backgrounds are unearthed making its trend until now as new discoveries are released, but the idea of these information being shown and shared is as close as not valuing or commemorating to its sources leaving this information just a trend.
There is a certain community of Cebuanos that are taking a quest to rewrite and restructure what was in the past, filling the gaps in facts with further research of variable sources that are made debatable but sticks to it true cause, to unveil the truths of our heritage and our origins, as Cebuanos and as Filipinos as well.
La Liga Henerales is a Cebu-based, non-profit organization composed of a group of talented, committed and respectable individuals from different walks of life, schools and profession whose primary aim is to promote both, Cebuano and filipino culture and heritage that was depicted before in pre-colonial and colonial eras via re-enactment with costumes vested in proper research and investigation to achieve authenticity. They also push their cause on schools and other social gatherings promoting and spreading awareness about our local, and national heroes that we look up to. With these said, they also portray a closer look of the lifestyle of the past to where they perform stories, perform forgotten dances and rituals and portray their individual roles, vital in the fight of our country’s future during those challenging times, and in honor to spread awareness of the lost practices we had in those times.
Louis Kenneth Villaflor, an entrepreneur and an avid history enthusiast and costumer, founded the group on the purpose of re-educating the youth about real local and national history, he saw the opportunity to combine his favourite hobbies which is costuming and story role-playing and the process to instill the historical awareness and value among the youth and in schools, along with a group of fellow enthusiasts who shares his passion about research and history, they took it among themselves to be purposeful in the advocacy in spreading historical awareness in schools or events by wearing periodically correct costumes and sharing the stories and its value to the youth.
Behind the Garments
Meet Rodney “Pee-Wee” Senining, who has been in the fashion industry since the late 90’s, strives in concepts of avant-garde, innovation and cutting edge-fashion forward design. And also a teacher of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design of University of San Carlos, he had grown into research of books like the holy grail in the Library Resource Center and is always fascinated of the periodical times and how to preserve it; Hence, his interest had grown for the affinity of Periodical Costumes and Sustainable Fashion.
Being part of the group La Liga Henerales, he was tasked to instantly be their mentor for the young talents and as the organization is still new and developing with limited funds, resourcefulness and research were done to come up with a good output of photo shoot and was quite proud of it and still promise on the next editions of pieces to be more historically accurate. Even as teacher for Fashion Design in SAFAD, his expertise comes hand in hand with the members as he helps them do research as well. His passion and interest somehow led him with enough knowledge to key the insights of the significant periods and historical backgrounds of it.
Historical Awareness in Cebu
The strength and progress of a country is anchored on how well they know and honor its history. The means of historical awareness in Cebu is almost non-existent among the Cebuanos, although we push forward in tourism and promote beauty through sceneries and other aspects of culture yet never commemorate deeply on historical icons such as our other local heroes, and ancient cultures as well that is almost been forgotten in an urban Cebu. Nevertheless, as long as communities’ like La Liga Henerales are now evolving in a learning state by real discovery by multiple resources, this will always reflect of how we appreciate love, patriotism and honor to our country and would look forward to progress.