CHARIS Foundation successfully held the 2nd Make A Child Smile project gift-giving activity in San Remigio, Cebu (a 3rd-class town 100 kms north of Cebu City). The project was conducted in partnership with Cebu-based young professional group, iCAN.

San Remigio Map

San Remigio Map

The event was participated by some 240 students of Batad Elementary School.

MACS Cebu

Jumping for Joy! Children of Batad Elementary School, beneficiaries of MACS Cebu, prepare to have their jump shot taken. Batad Elementary School is located away from the town center of San Remigio, Cebu.

 

A MACS Inaanak with iCAN member and MACS volunteer Boobooy Quinto

A MACS Inaanak with iCAN member and MACS volunteer Boobooy Quinto

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Students were grouped according to their Grade level. Here in the picture is Grade 3 and 4 being facilitated by iCAN members April Kyamko and Joemar San Pedro (standing in black shirts).

 

MACS Inaanaks enjoying their merienda sponsored by one of Cebu's finest bakeshops -- Bea's Bread Basket.

MACS Inaanaks enjoying their merienda sponsored by one of Cebu’s finest bakeshops — Bea’s Bread Basket.

 

Children line up to get a cone of ice cream from iCAN members and MACS volunteers.

Children line up to get a cone of ice cream from iCAN members and MACS volunteers.

 

Writing on the wall. Night before the gift-giving day, iCAN member and CHARIS volunteers checks if all gifts are accounted for.

Writing on the wall. Night before the gift-giving day, iCAN member and CHARIS volunteers checks if all gifts are accounted for.

Preparing the Loot. iCAN members and CHARIS volunteers prepare 150 loot bags to be used as prizes for the games.

Preparing the Loot. iCAN members and CHARIS volunteers prepare 150 loot bags to be used as prizes for the games.

 

Never too young to help. Youngest MACS volunteer Moesha Red helping CHARIS member Jonathan Alforte pack gift items inside a bag for students of Batad Elementary School

Never too young to help. Youngest MACS volunteer Moesha Red helping CHARIS member Jonathan Alforte pack gift items inside a bag for students of Batad Elementary School

 

iCAN members and MACS volunteers pose for a photo on the way to San Remigio, Cebu. Foreground: Joemar San Pedro and Mark Arabaca (1st and second from bottom)

iCAN members and MACS volunteers pose for a photo on the way to San Remigio, Cebu. Foreground: Joemar San Pedro and Mark Arabaca (1st and second from bottom)

 

Signs of what lies ahead? Damaged roofs were becoming numerous as we were nearing San Remigio, Cebu.

Signs of what lies ahead? Damaged roofs and houses were becoming numerous as we were nearing San Remigio, Cebu.

The road less traveled? Our vehicle traveling the muddy path on the way from San Remigio poblacion to Batad Elementary School.

The road less traveled? Our vehicle traveling the muddy path on the way from San Remigio poblacion to Batad Elementary School.

iCAN member and MACS volunteer Boobooy Quinto unloading gift items for students of Batad Elementary School

iCAN member and MACS volunteer Boobooy Quinto unloading gift items for students of Batad Elementary School

Writings on the wall. MACS Cebu was made possible by numerous generous MACS Ninongs and Ninangs and corporate sponsors (some of which were included on the tarp).

Writings on the wall. MACS Cebu was made possible by numerous generous MACS Ninongs and Ninangs and corporate sponsors (some of which were included on the tarp). Seen here in the photo are teachers of Batad Elementary School, who ensured that the kids were at their best behavior, having their photos taken

 

Sea of generosity. Gift items bought from the donations of MACS Ninongs and Ninangs for students of Batad Elementary School.

Sea of generosity. Gift items bought from the donations of MACS Ninongs and Ninangs for students of Batad Elementary School.