“Archer, rabbit, wall. Archer, rabbit, wall. As Phoebe, the group animator, was showing how to win the game, her voice was almost lost to the excitement of the children. They quickly remembered the game-this particular game they played only with this particular group. If one is an archer, you have to hit the rabbit, not the wall, to win. Asthe two opposing groups targeted each other, the BP children, distributed in each group, now wiser, was spying on each other. So it took many rounds before the game was won. But finally it was way too fun to end. Then onward to another game, “carry a number”. Sam giggled when it was her turn to be carried, but Niño loved it so. And when they had to carry a taller ate or kuya, it was not an easy ride but stilltogether they giggled and laughed. Times like these are most memorable.
The high school students of the elite school GT Northeast Academy, located in the town of Liloan, North of Cebu, visited Batang Pinangga on February 2, 2019.
It’s their third time to visit, each time bringing joy to the children. They were able to collect food items and clothes and toys. But mostly doing things together with the child is always remembered. The GT students played games, they served lunch, they cleaned the dishes, they cleaned-up thedining hall. They talked with the child, hold her hand, and shared laughter.
GT Northeast Academy also is host to the visiting Batang Pinangga Youth Ambassadors (BPYA). The students remembered that Dutch pancakes were made and sold in their school. The GT students are showing themselves as ambassadors, too, although time was very limited, but they are hoping to continually come and collect for Batang Pinangga. They have the support of their school and their teachers, and hopefully by more parents.
Now what we can do is wait for the next visit, and the time when an ambassador calls.”