I still have tears in my eyes. These children are the reason why I find it hard to finally commit to retirement. I wish I had the power to keep them from the streets and put them inside the classroom.
Bless your heart for the little rays of sunshine that you bring into the lives of those people you met. I try to follow your photo blog and maybe one day I’ll find time to take my husband to those places I haven’t seen myself yet. I enjoy following your travels. Thanks for sharing!
Cecilia, yeah it’s tough with the children. I do hope you can bring your bana (husband). There is so much to see and enjoy in Cebu and the other islands.
Leylander. Wow! I had trepidation about putting this post up. I know there is a risk that it will fail and turn people off but I couldn’t hold it in. Hopefully it will spur people to “show the love” when they come to Cebu.
Every time I visit PH I am touched by the people. My wife thinks I am crazy but I often well up and cry.
The last visit it was the children who live on the Mayon Volcano road. They were running out of their nipa huts waving and smiling at our van as we descended the mountain. Dirty, ragged, not even flip flops on their feet, yet smiling and waving as we passed.
My wife said “look they are waving goodbye to us!” Someone else in the van said,”No, they are begging for candies, some people throw candy at them as they leave the mountain.”
I don’t know why no one told me about this tradition. Had I known I would have stocked up in town before we started the trip. As it was all I could do was wave back, and cry.
I have wanted to return someday with candy and T shirts for the “Flowers of Mayon”. God willing, I will.
Hey Hoz, that’s also a moving story. I know when you complete that mission it will mean so much to you. Anyone who lives in poverty has such a hard life but the children are special, aren’t they? Good luck to you and God Bless.
am from manila and there are more of that scene and it always touch my heart, i always pray for them, and always have some biscuits or bread on my bag for them, but never gave them money, we also help in feeding center in our church for the street children every saturday, some of them are not poor, they just want to be “in” the group of friends and just having fun begging, but still they are from a disfunctional family that’s why they seek friendship and a acceptance from other people in the street….thanks for your blog, you are so kind
By: mari2niibermudez on February 8, 2008 at 4:06 am
During my 3nites Sinulog stay in Cebu City,i saw lots of beggars young and old nears Robinson @ Fuente. When the kids asks for money, i tell them to follow me (bakery) and bought them some bread. They’re happy for that little things and im happy too.
Hi Edna. I am really pleased with the response this post has drawn. I feared that it might turn people off but I just had to get it out of me. That’s a good idea you have. If every Pinoy around the world could just do a little extra when they come home it would really help. And every foreigner that visits there should do so likewise. It doesn’t take much. A little goes a long way.
I know of one gentleman (Kano) living in Dumaguete who is sending 37 children to school, 17 elementary and 20 high school. It cost him about $1200 USD Total. He paid all their school costs, furnished them with uniforms and shoes and everything they need. How remarkable that one man can affect so many with so little.
So, one by one, inch by inch, we can make a difference. Soon it will be two by two, foot by foot. Then 20 by 20, mile by mile. I always liked the old saying, “If it’s worth doing, do it now”. Thank you Edna for your kind heart.
Goyo, I’ve been visiting your site every now and then and have been so impressed at how a “foreigner” sees so much nice things in our country. Your pictures are so beautiful.
I am so touched by your kindness. I have seen so many street children in the Philippines that, more often than not, I take them for granted. I guess most of my people see it that way too and that is why the problem never gets solved.
I hope God continues to bless you and your family and thank you for showing/reminding us how beautiful our country is.
By: Leap of Faith! on February 20, 2008 at 8:55 pm
I was deeply touched by your kindness GOyo. You have a big heart. I had the same experience last year when I went back home in Cebu after 27 long years to take my sick mother home.
One day,my nephew , his wife and I were sitting in a restaurant called Chow King in Tabunok and as I sat there eating my halo halo
and Siopao. There was a family ( A mother and father and a boy and a girl) sitting by the window eating their meals. I saw this boy who is about 7 or 8 years old, tattered clothes, no shoes, looking at the window watching these family eat.. he was so close to the window that he had his face pressed against the glass. He looked starved and his mouth was opened and I can tell he was imagining what the food taste like . The family were just ignoring him as they enjoyed their food.
I couldn’t stand it anymore and I bought some food ( Chicken and rice) for the boy and I took it
outside and gave it to him.. He was sitting now in the front of the restaurant and he was a little bit unsure and as I handed him the food. He just looked at me and I assured him that I bought the food for him and that it was Ok for him take it . He took it from me but didn’t say anything and I walked away. I went back inside to the restaurant
and I told my nephew and his wife that the boy was hesitant to take my food even though he was clearly hungry and that he didn’t say anything to me . They told me that some people taunt the beggar kids and pretend they are giving them something but then it is not for real. I was thinking to myself How cruel is that?? no wonder he acted the way he did.. as We left the restaurant, I saw the boy again and he was still sitting at the same place and he looked up at me
and uttered the words ” daghan kaayong salamat “.. I told him he is very welcome and I hope he enjoyed it .. I never saw the kid again.
but I always remembered him and it breaks my heart everytime . To think that he is also out there with “Raingirl” struggling everyday. I count my blessings every night and I pray to those in need . I am going back home again to take
my mother back home next month and I will make sure I will take the time to share some of what I have with those in need, especially
Neiner, what can I say? Such a beautiful and heartwarming story. I’m reaching for the tissue for my eyes again. Hilak, hilak. Wow! Now we have RainGirl and WindowBoy. It would be so nice if everyone could contribute just a little bit to help a poor child everyday. Thank you for such a wonderful comment.
This blog started with my most recent trip to the Philippines, specifically the islands of Cebu and Negros. I will share with you the splendors and wonders of Republika ng Piliapinas (RP) as well as the love for and from her many peoples. I hope you will enjoy my adventures and misadventures as well as the fotos that I upload here. Perhaps you will also be motivated to visit and enjoy the 7,107 islands that are the RP.
By the way, that foto at the top of the page is of a beach in Santa Fe, Bantayan on the island of Cebu. Beautiful, is it not?