The youth painting Parao's for fishing sailboats in Manapla, Negros Occidental. Our hope reminder that we will not leave them behind.
"San po kayo galing?"
"Sa Brgy. Sta. Rita"
"San po yun?"
"Mga 2 barangay bago neto."
"Ano hong pakay nila dito?"
"Ah eh ano, maki-charge kami ng cellphone sa bahay ng nanay ko."
They walked two towns to charge their mobile phone. The thing is, under current circumstances, guess that's perfectly normal and acceptable.
The Bayani Challenge in ~99 other similar localities could seem like an elementary approach to rehabilitation. Along with other volunteers, you play with kids, do clean up drives, build houses, attend formation nights – something we haven't done at least once in our lives, right?
But setting aside for now the road to get here (literally & figuratively), today we saw how Bayani Challenge was a barangay's biggest 'happening' and most compelling reason to hope. Hope small, hope high – hope itself is always big.