During the September 17 quarterly relief activity for the Dreamland community in Rosario, Cavite, Tzu Chi reminded its scholars to be obedient to their parents.
The pre-distribution program, with the theme “Filial Piety,” gathered a total of 161 elementary and high school scholars, and 14 college scholars from Rosario, Cavite, and 21 scholars from Manila. They watched a video about a son who takes the brunt of mosquito bites for his father to be able to sleep properly. The father takes the son to the doctor, who was moved by the child’s sacrifice and offered them medicine and a mosquito net. The video ends with the moral of the story: “Obedience to parents can help dispel worries.”
Emotions ran high among the scholars as they are able to realize their own parents’ love and the things that they are willing to do for them. Filial piety is one of the most important values that everyone must practice.
To express their love to their parents, scholars decorated pieces of cardboard with their Thank You message. Some children read their messages for their parents and everyone else to hear. The sharing culminates in a heartwarming moment for parents and children alike.
“I wanted to share my feeling to my parents that even if I am not sweet to them always but I truly appreciate their love and care for me. Even though I feel like quitting, I never give up and work hard to achieve the highest grade possible,” says Chello Joyce Gutierrez, a Grade-9 student of Rosario National High School.
“I’m very touched by the way she would show her love to us as elders and I really felt that love from her. I would like to say to my granddaughter to study well and be very polite and helpful. When she grows up, she should also be understanding to her peers,” says Naneth Alfabete, grandmother of Grade-2 student Rhiane of Rosario Elementary School.
Through the program, the scholars from Manila and Dreamland formed new bonds. The youths’ relationship with their parents has also become stronger.
A total of 450 beneficiaries of the quarterly relief operation for Dreamland residents line up to receive their relief goods, which include sacks of rice, grocery items, kitchen utensils, and even sandals and school shoes.
Tzu Chi scholars from Manila are thankful for the experience. It is good to see that volunteers, scholars, and beneficiaries from Manila and Cavite, who have different backgrounds, have come together for the common mission of alleviating the suffering and spreading love.
“I think they have all the possibilities to have a better life and be successful and reach their dreams. I would use the teaching of Tzu Chi Foundation and influence other scholars and my classmates that we can help in any way whether big or small,” shares John Denzel Rimando, a Grade-12 student at Sto. Niño National High School in Manila.
Tzu Chi not only aims to bring comfort to financially deprived people but also teach them how great love, especially to parents, will make this world brighter.
A Tzu Chi volunteer orients the scholars from Manila about the program for the youths in Rosario, Cavite. It is also their first time to visit and meet the quarterly relief operation beneficiaries from Dreamland, an impoverished community in the town’s coastline. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Scholars from Manila arrive at Rosario Elementary School, a common staging ground for Tzu Chi’s activities. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Over 200 Tzu Chi scholars from Rosario, Cavite and Manila attended the pre-distribution program with the theme “Filial Piety.” 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
John Denzel Rimando, a scholar from Manila, introduces himself to the attendees. Each scholar is asked to choose a group of attendees to lead and get to know more during the program. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Tzu Chi volunteer Julie Collado explains to the attendees the moral of the short video about the father, his son, and mosquito bites. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
These students are engrossed in their coloring activity. They wrote their message for their parents on the cardboard after decorating. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
An elementary student reads her letter for her grandmother, the latter being one of the beneficiaries of the quarterly relief operation for Dreamland residents. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A grandmother smiles while hugging her grandchildren after hearing their touching Thank You letter for her. The letter speaks their gratitude for their grandmother’s care and support. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Students who read their letter and their parents in a group picture after the program. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Attendees receive their snacks at the end of the program. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A total of 450 recipients queue for the relief distribution few blocks away from Rosario Elementary School. They have received sacks of rice, grocery items, kitchen utensils, sandals, and school shoes. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】