After the mass, the younger children participated in various games for kindergarten to grade 3 pupils such as Bring Me, Pares-Pares (two teams of five pairs had to race while one player’s foot is tied to the other’s foot), Sack Race (two teams of 10 race with the player’s legs inside a sack they are holding, hopping around a mark then passing the sack on to the next player), and Sangkayaw (race between two teams of 10 using coconut shells tied to strings, one end being held by the player’s hands).
For grades 4 to highschool, the Foundation organized set of activities to highlight the various talents of the students. One of these is Golden “Kap” Talent Search, an activity which would enable the students to showcase their talents and boost their confidence by facing a larger audience. The contest drew 10 individual and group participants, with talents in singing, dancing, poetry, painting, and public speaking from elementary pupils and high school students. A nine-member group from TYKES won the hearts of the judges through their entertaining and adorable dance performance. In second place was a grade 6 student of Macdu ES with a striking performance of the declamation piece “Bad Girl”, while in third place were Filipino folk dance performers also from Macdu ES.
Another exciting part of the program was the Golden Art Contest, where each group of three created an artwork where they can use different medium on an illustration board. Of the total 12 entries from TYKES, Macdu ES, and STA, the group of grade 11 students from STA composed of Melody Agmallo, Novelyn Lacquias, and Carolyn Nginsayan bagged the first prize with their clear and creative take on the given theme Filipino Christmas Culture. Meanwhile, second and third prizes were both copped by Macdu ES.
At the end of the event, each one received food packages consisting of spaghetti pack, macaroni, evaporated milk, coffee, powdered milk, sugar, oil, chocolate chip, cheese, sandwich spread, lollipop, Bifrutas juice drinks, Vitamilk Soya drinks, and Nestea bottled juice drinks.
Before boarding their ride home, the guest students, teachers, and parents expressed their gratitude to all TYKFI officers and staff as they received grocery items to share with their family especially during the holiday season. Truly, the act of giving is not only measured by the gifts we share, but also through unconditional love these gifts create among people.