Thank you for all those who supported our Tacloban Projects this 2014! Here's a photo wrap-up by my partner Spanky …

Kuya Batman Nature's Spring 

ANG TUBIG NI KUYA BATMAN by Spanky Enriquez

One of the most indelible images of this trip is this bottle of water. 

During yesterday's Boodle Fight organized by the Gawad Kalinga, I was enjoying the communal lunch with a group of kids, around 5 to 8 years old, who were all happily stuffing their faces with rice, pansit bihon, fried fish, and ginataang gulay. At one point, they all needed some water to wash down all the food~ so I gave them the one bottle I had brought with me.

The children shared the water among themselves, each taking a carefully measured sip, to ensure that everyone in their group got a swallow or two.

I left them to go to the covered area a block away for the Operation : Santa gift giving, and a few minutes later, when I was halfway there, I heard a child shouting "Kuya Batman! Kuya Batman!", and turned around to see a little girl, one of the kids I gave my bottle to, running towards me with the same bottle~ now full again with clean water that she'd asked from one of her neighbors.

As she reached me, with the biggest, sweetest smile, she said "Salamat po!" and handed me back my bottle, replenished and refilled. I was almost too stunned to say thanks to her~ I managed to, but I had to put on my shades.

'Random acts of Kindness'. At the back of my mind, I always thought it would be great if the kids we've interacted with through this project would grow up cherishing these memories, and in turn, when they are of age, remember to always be ready to be kind to others. Little did I know that in this instance, I'd be the first person to experience that little girl's random act of kindness.

2nd Visit to Palo
1st Visit to Palo, Leyte

Mac Arthur Park
Mac Arthur Park

First Visit to Palo
2nd Visit to Palo 

Kids at Play
Kids at Play

Gawad Kalinga in Palo
Gawad Kalinga, Palo, Leyte

Chef Bruce Lim
Chef Bruce Lim

Tent City Tacloban
Tacloban Tent City

Jollibee Selfie
Jollibee Cares

Tacloban Port Area
Tacloban Sunset

The Army Guys
The Army Guys

The Joys of Stuffed Toys
The Joys of Stuffed Toys 

Kids with Backpack
Kids with Backpack

All the Boxes
All the Boxes

Balikbayan Box of Backpacks
Balikbayan Box of Backpacks

Books and Bags at Barrio San Agustin in Palo Leyte
Books and Bags at Barrio San Augustin, Palo, Leyte

By the Ship
By the Ship

Our GK Partners
Our Gawad Kalinga Partners

Palo Kids
Palo kids

Jolli Happy
Jolli Happy

Palo Leyte Kids Reading
Palo Leyte Kids Reading

Jollibee Franchise Association
Jollibee Franchise Association

Tacloban Astrodome
Tacloban Astrodome

Tacloban Barbecue
Tacloban Barbecue 

Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin with Anton & Spanky
With Jerry Sambo Yaokasin

Leyte Banigs
Leyte Banigs

Mother and Children
Happy Mother & Child

 

Looking forward for your continued support in 2015!