Joined Banahaw Elementary School Outreach

rsz_1mbp_pinkRemember when I wrote about yearly Christmas tradition that includes a visit to an elementary school for a Christmas gift-giving day? Banahaw Elementary School is a public school that has students in grades first through sixth in Norzagaray, Bulacan of Central Luzon (Region III). The school has 5 instructional rooms and 1 non-instructional rooms. Sadfully, none of the rooms has a dependable supply of electricity. With 138 students last year, class size is around 28 students. Lorie Floresca is principal of the school.

And so we joined a group of friends from church, Victory Nova, to bring the blessing of prayer and encouragement to students, teachers and their families.

As soon as the day started, kids lined up too excited to receive and SHARE. It was so overwhelming to observe kids rush to their moms, brothers, sisters to share what they have received on hand. There were countless people who willingly joined in and be part of this yearly outreach. Please know that your gift will go a long way to the hearts of the kids and their families who believe God for a better future.

Among the highlights included a puppet and kids’ show performed by excellent puppeteer Sam Fuentes. It was a joy to see smiles on kids’ and parents’ faces despite their difficulties in life. It was also heartwarming to see them celebrate Jesus’ birthday party as we all get reminded what Christmas should be about.


A Day with Kids: Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt

Summer has a way of making each day a Saturday for kids. So earlier today, we all woke up with excitement as all kids prepped up for a day to spend with Peppa Pig on a Live Treasure Hunt Puppet Musical Show. Trooped to Meralco Theater Pasig and surprisingly, Saturday traffic was not that bad so we had a good hour and a half to wait before show started. Dad suggested we stop at McDo right across Meralco Theater for Happy Meal. So off we ate, seated with other kids who have Peppa Pig toys on hand or kids who are singing Peppa Pig sing-along songs. rsz_1mbp_pink

It was our first time to go to Meralco Theater and was surprised to see how kid-friendly the place was.

Meralco advocacy programs for families, sports and communities with banners and wall murals are all over the grand lobby.
Meralco advocacy programs for families, sports and communities with banners and wall murals are all over the grand lobby.
Electric bicycles were parked past the parking entrance, life-teach opportunity with the kids, switching Science-topics-mode on. Pretty soon, got a long list of questions around electricity and what we use it for.
Just behind the electric bikes, we see Lightbringer, Meralco’s very own Transformer. It is one and the same Meralco robot seen since 2010.

We were greeted by booths past the lobby. It looked like it was a kids’ paradise.

Nickelodeon booth gave away loot bags to raffle winners and postcards for kids. A Peppa Pig classroom play set was also up for grabs to all moms who agree to be part of Nickelodeon’s mailing list.

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Baskin Robbins was also there, tried their cookies and cream and cherry flavoured ice creams.

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Peppa Pig toys from Toy Kingdom also set up shop, got all kids jumping around in frenzy and excitement.
Peppa Pig toys from Toy Kingdom also set up shop, got all kids jumping around in frenzy and excitement.


Show starts and moms, dads and kids alike shout in excitement as the curtains open. The show had everyone singing along, dancing, shouting names of George, Peppa, Mr. Crab, Daisy and the rest. Ushers and usherettes helpfully led everyone to seats. Just one pain point, though. It was a whole lot distracting to have some moms with turned on, glaring phones as they video the entire show. This was despite the voice over warning onset of the show. Also, make sure you get your kids visit the washroom before show starts. Washroom is past the entrance doors and an usherette asked to see the tickets on your way back instead of referring to hand stamps, this could have quickly set apart latecomers which are allowed to come in all throughout the show. It can take a while before you can ease back into your seats.

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