Farah Ramos' Blog

Visiting Kanlungan ni Maria (Home for the Aged)

Posted in Uncategorized by Farah Ramos on January 23, 2013

My barkada (we call ourselves KSP) organizes an outreach program every year. For two consecutive years, we’ve helped out families from Payatas. This time around, we thought of giving back to the elders of Kanlungan ni Maria (Home for the Aged) in Antipolo. We wanted to make them smile, we wanted to make them feel that they still have a family… even just for one day (or so we thought).

January 13, 2013 – More than 20 volunteers joined us. It was truly amazing to witness my friends being so selfless and happy to be of help. Here’s a photo of us during the preparation for the program:

16 Kapit-bisig

Jian, me, and Michael carried the adult diapers. We can because we’re strong! 😀734863_10151702723349012_1789161298_n

DIAPERS!!! 🙂

3 DiapersWe started off with a medical mission by Dra. Weena Perania and Dra. Grace Tan. They were assisted by Jason Villamena and Sofia Salcedo. 
1 Medical Mission

We prepared some games for them such as Guess This Song, Pinoy Henyo, and Trivia Questions. This photo was taken when we were thinking of questions:

10 Volunteers

A photo of me interviewing Fr. Dari Dioquino. This was when he was describing how their normal day goes in Kanlungan. He also told me that students from Miriam College frequently visit them and they would take the elders around for a field trip. Basically, they have an active lifestyle. People would come in and out to visit, give some donations, and some would simply just have a chat with the elders. I personally like what I saw when I was there. The Diocese of Antipolo created a homey environment for the elders. I didn’t feel like I was in a typical Home for the Aged… I felt like I was in a real home where they treat each other as a family. I never felt pity… in fact I was deeply touched. They’re happy people.  I never felt they were abandoned because they have one another.

11 Interview with Father Dioquino

Interaction with the elders. We assigned at least one (1) volunteer per elder to have a chat with them and get to know them. One of them showed me photos of her youth and all the volunteers she met in her life. She even recited the addresses of the houses where she used to work as a helper. Sharp mind indeed. Another elder was an athlete and coincidentally, Jian, who’s also an athlete was the one assigned for her. Another elder was a comedienne. She threw pick-up lines from time to time.

4 Interaction

Of course, it was hosted by Angelia Ong and Daniel Duma:

12 Hosted by Angelia Ong

Opening prayer by Grace Manalo:

13 Prayer by Grace Manalo

Exercise facilitated by Jian Alvarez. As you can see Nanay Lina is standing up to prove that she is still strong!

14 Exercise

15 The elders and some volunteers

The elders. They prefer being called “Nanay” or “Tatay.”

17 Elders

The games! They were participative. All of them wanted to join and get prizes. I was touched when one of them answered a question and gave the prize to the one beside her because she didn’t have a chance to participate.

18 Game

19 Volunteers

Female volunteers: Angelie Ungriano, Ladylyn Riva, Grace Manalo, Cherrie Mae Raz, me, Thina Abando, Angelia Ong, Maze Sandoval, Cheena ng Lio, Royce Salen, and the girls from Century Properties
20 Ladies

21 Candid

Male volunteers: Victor Claridad, Jian Alvarez, Daniel Duma, Michael Lastimoza, Rich Marasigan, Mel Cabonce, Ken Cabonce, Con Mendoza, and Mark Chong22 Gentlemen

LOL! The MEN! 😀23 MEN

The inevitable group shot!
24 Everyone!

It was food for the soul. We are grateful for Fr. Dari for giving all of us a chance to give back and not think of our own welfare for once. At Kanlungan ni Maria, it was very evident that they are treated properly by the caregivers and all the volunteers. No wonder they are full of positivity which is the reason why people are encouraged to go back from time to time. We had a great time with the elders! It’s truly an amazing experience we would never ever forget.

We would also like to thank the following for the food, prizes, diapers, medicines, face masks, trash bags, and all that we donated:

Jhenn Olivar, Dos Alvarez, Sheila del Rosario, Thea Altoveros, Ladylyn Riva, Grace Manalo, Thina Abando, Ken Cabonce, Mel Cabonce, Patrick Macapugay, Alfie Martirez, Rich Marasigan, Darlene Sasan, Cong. Irwin Tieng, Daniel Duma, Victor Claridad

Special thanks to: Toby’s and Vans Philippines

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