Tzu Chi donors, volunteers, and aid recipients in Marikina and San Mateo, Rizal received the well wishes of Dharma Master Cheng Yen during the Year End Blessing ceremonies on January 28. Divided into two sessions, the events gathered over 1, 200 individuals.
The Year End Blessing ceremony is Tzu Chi founder Master Cheng Yen’s way of expressing her gratitude to the Tzu Chi volunteers, donors, supporters, and beneficiaries. The highlight of the annual event is the distribution of ‘ang paos’ or red packets, which contain the blessings of the Master. These red packets don’t have monetary value but some people believe that it brings fortune.
At the same time, the events aim to inspire everyone to continue working for the good cause through the examples of Tzu Chi volunteers – as seen in the yearly Great Treasury Sutras, or the video summary reports of Tzu Chi’s local and international projects – and ordinary individuals.
Tzu Chi Philippines Deputy CEO Alfredo Li tells the inspiring tale of 11-year-old Angel Carlyn Jandoc’s generosity.
When Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) struck Ormoc City in December 2017, Jandoc – whose family was a recipient of Tzu Chi’s housing project for Super Typhoon Yolanda victims – donated the Php50 she had collected from Christmas caroling around their neighborhood.
Rianna Theresa Sy is moved by Jandoc’s initiative.” With Angel’s example, I am inspired to emulate what she did to also help other people,” says Sy.
Edita Alapide, 56, who has been a staunch supporter of Tzu Chi for five years now, agrees. In her free time, she asks her neighbors to gather their recyclables and donate them to Tzu Chi. Plastic bottles are turned into blankets, which Tzu Chi distributes to calamity victims.
“We are happy to be part of Tzu Chi because they have been reaching out to those people who are in need,” Alapide says.
Several government officials also grace the Year End Blessing events.
Barangay Malanday Chairman Joseph Briones attends the ceremony at the Tzu Chi Marikina Educational Recycling Center. Barangay Malanday was affected by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Tzu Chi helped clean the community and provided a short-term livelihood for the villagers through a cash-for-work program.
Since then, Briones has been a monthly donating member of Tzu Chi. “Letting someone feel the love and compassion is ineffable, most especially here at Tzu Chi. They help you without expecting something in return. That genuine act makes people realize that everyone must have that kind of perseverance. People become pillars of change,” shares Briones.
Briones is also thankful that Tzu Chi is teaching his constituents values to become responsible individuals.
During the ceremony at the J.F. Diaz Stadium in San Mateo, Rizal, Municipal Mayor Cristina Diaz shares about what motivates her to be a good leader. “One of my greatest inspirations in leadership is Master Cheng Yen. I make sure that my missions follow the Master’s values and Jing Si Aphorisms (words of wisdom),” she says.
By doing so, Diaz believes she will be able to inspire others to do the same.
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Tzu Chi volunteers and Long Term Care beneficiaries in Marikina grew more inspired to help after watching the 2017 Global Sutra, which summarizes Tzu Chi’s charity works across the world.【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】
During the sharing, Mercedes Urot thanks Tzu Chi Foundation for helping her son, who suffered from a kidney failure, get a second lease in life. Tzu Chi supported the medical needs of Urot’s son until he recovered. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】
After receiving the ‘ang pao’ or red packet, Long Term Care beneficiaries and Tzu Chi volunteers of San Mateo donate whatever amount they can in support of Tzu Chi’s charitable programs. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】
Attendees of the Year End Blessing in San Mateo, Rizal light their candles as they pray for a fruitful year and a disaster-free world. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】
Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez gives his opening remarks expressing his gratefulness to all the people who makes an effort to support Tzu Chi Foundation’s programs. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】
Barangay Malanday Chairman Joseph Briones encourages everyone to work together and collectively make an effort to support Tzu Chi in its goal of helping more people in need.【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】
Tzu Chi Philippines Deputy CEO Alfredo Li tells the story of Angel Carlyn Jandoc, an 11-year-old girl from Ormoc City who donated her keep from Christmas caroling to help Tzu Chi assist calamity survivors. Her generosity is an inspiration not only to Ormocanons but to everyone across the world. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】