At exactly 10:45 a.m. on July 18, 24 medical students from the Tzu Chi University in Hualien, Taiwan, together with their dean and Tzu Chi volunteers, arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. They are welcomed by Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez and other Tzu Chi volunteers.
From the airport, the delegation goes straight to the Jing Si Hall in Quezon City to have their lunch. A variety of Taiwanese vegetarian dishes are served to ease visitors of their tiring flight.
Throughout their stay in the country, the students will join Tzu Chi Foundation’s medical mission in Navotas, Cavite, and Bohol. They will also see the situation of the people living in slum areas, and witness the struggles of the residents to survive.
According to Tzu Chi volunteer Conchita Tan; this is Master Cheng Yen’s way of transmitting her message to the youth.
First, it aims to make the students realize how fortunate they are to be able to study, travel and do what they want to do. Their stay here in the Philippines will make them appreciate what they have more.
Second, showing the situation of the people in depressed are as aims to make them realize that they must do something to improve the lives of those who are in need. This is another way of sending the message that we are all responsible for one another.
Lastly, Master Cheng Yen does not want the students to be profit-oriented. She wants these future doctors to be kind, accommodating, and compassionate – doctors with a heart to help the people, with hands that are always ready to nurture patients, and with a mind that always thinks of the good.
Tan hopes that the students will apply all the lessons that they will get throughout their seven-day stay in their daily lives. Her fervent wish is for them to spread goodness to everyone. After all, the youth is still the hope, the pathway, and the door to our bright future.
Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez, together with other Tzu Chi volunteers, can’t hide their excitement when they see the students coming out of the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. According to Yuñez, he wants to welcome the students at the airport so they will feel at ease in their stay here in the Philippines.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi University students are all smiles as they see the volunteers from the Philippines waiting for them. Most of them say that this is their first time to come here and they are all excited for the activities that they will do.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The dean of Tzu Chi University College of Medicine expresses his appreciation for the warm welcome of the Tzu Chi Philippine volunteers.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The students can’t hide their excitement as they will be able to see different places here in the country and help a lot of Filipinos through Tzu Chi Foundation’s medical mission.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The visitors from Taiwan do not forget to pay respect before the image of the Buddha inside the Jing Si Hall.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi Philippines volunteers prepared Taiwanese vegetarian meals for the students to make them feel at home and comfortable after their long flight.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi University students enjoy their meal and their conversation with a Tzu Chi volunteer.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Right after their lunch, the students go back to Tzu Chi’s mini bus for their tour in the University of Sto. Thomas.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】