On October 8, 2017, I had the priceless privilege to have visited the Mangyan village in Mambugan.
It was a few hours after my 5K race-cation from San Agustin to Pag-asa, Sablayan where the lead missionary, Bro. Peter Barolo lives. Kindly read the feature:
The small Mangyan community in the midst of verdant and lush mountain ranges welcomed me with warm beams of shy smiles. The pioneering missionaries were delighted to have toured me around.
My heart melted to have encountered intuitive budangs (Mangyan word for children) when we visited their homes for special delivery of special champorado (they do occasional feeding program on weekends for villagers, and regular weekdays’ lunch for the students at the mission school).
Quality Education is an Equalizer
My heart sank upon observing the challenging situation of our beloved minorities, especially the Mangyans of Occidental Mindoro. They lack healthcare, proper education and literacy. The villagers were once prejudiced and are still struggling with prejudice because they are Animists.
One of the superstitious beliefs they embrace is that if they entertain other religion, they would have retribution from deceased ancestors which they believed have become gods. They are nomadic in nature and would flee from one place to another when they have death in the village. Everyone would leave the place and settle again in a new dwelling.
It was God’s providential working how the villagers’ prejudice lessened, and they welcomed the missionary teachers to start the mission school. It has a surprising twist! Another blog feature later, keep posted!
EditThe missionary teachers started with three students. One day, they decided to start the cleanup drive, called “Broomstick Ministry”. As they sweep the surroundings and even the neighbourhood, ‘budangs’ started to join them, and they found it very effective! The children loved sweeping the grounds, hence, when I had the surprise visit there, I saw one budang sweeping their surroundings.
From three students to eight, it turned to 25 students in a few days. Praise God for the process of multiplication!
However, the most challenging about the mission school, it’s only a small, one air-continuous classroom! No enough tables and chairs. The budangs need school supplies too! And hopefully, have their uniforms! The teachers teach not only basic reading, writing and arithmetic or Math, but most importantly, hygiene and character development!
Surprisingly, Janvi Emilia contacted me last month because Uncle Peter “Pete” Barolo told him as one of the organizers of this YOUnity Run, that I’m a runner and am willing to help by blogging and promoting this. It just took me long to finally post this blog. Albeit, I shared the promo video quite long ago.
Colorful Run for a Cause
According to Janvi, YOUnity run was first held in 2015, which supported a gift giving and feeding program. The next year, 2016, the proceeds of the colourful fun run funded a small Adventist Church for their church development.
This year, YOUnity Run organizers aim to help more, so they chose the Mangyans to be the beneficiary. The is the goal is to RAISE P160, 000 to build a concrete classroom conduci to learning, at the same time, their emergency shelter at Mambugan, Sta.Cruz.
This is the third year of YOUnity Run which will be held on Dec. 3, 2017, at the new city hall of Bacoor, Molino Boulevard, Bacoor, Cavite. The organizer hopes to have 1,000 participants.
I’m excited to join for the health benefit of fun run, and the benefit for the Mangyans! How about you? Let’s help the success of this run for a cause!
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matt. 25:40
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ~ John Bunyan
Bring your friends and family! Registration is extended until November 18, 2017 only! See the poster’s details or visit their Facebook Page: YOUnity Color Blast Run 3.0
For online registration please follow the steps below:
1.Follow the link: https://goo.gl/forms/qBTjM9PC4Z0orCbg1
2.Fill it up with the requested information.
3.Pay for the registration fee based on your chosen race category.
Note: You will be registered as soon as the payment is done.
1. Deposit your payment at any Metrobank branch using a DEPOSIT SLIP.
Account name: MICHELLE BULALAQUE
Account Number: 070-3-070-264120
2. Send a copy of your VALIDATED DEPOSIT SLIP through facebook or messenger.
CLAIMING OF SINGLET, RACEBIB AND FREEBIES:
1. Wait for the announcement on when and where to claim your singlet, race bib and freebies.
2. Bring with you your VALIDATED DEPOSIT SLIP and at least ONE (1) VALID ID with picture. You will receive a copy of your registration form together with the inclusion in your registration.
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