Even if Tzu Chi Foundation’s 3-in-1 celebration formally ended at around 9:30 pm last May 13, a number of Tzu Chi volunteers and staff stayed at Marikina Sports Park to clean and pack things up until 4 am of May 14.
Tzu Chi volunteers, particularly area leaders of various formations, collected trash from their respective formation members and pack all PET bottles, paper cups, and green trash bags inside cardboard boxes. These recyclables will be sent at Tzu Chi’s recycling centres.
Furthermore, Tzu Chi volunteers and youth lined up at the tables where the crystal Buddhas are placed and carefully held the images while walking in a straight line towards the receiving area. In the receiving area, other Tzu Chi volunteers wiped the images before being packed in the box.
Aside from volunteers, several Tzu Chi staff were also busy packing materials used from the Bathing of the Buddha ceremony.
While this was happening, some area leaders packed bundles of green plastic bags and neatly arranged them in one place. On the other hand, Tzu Chi male volunteers started to remove the fences and nametags by “un-nailing” them from the ground.
One person who was seen removing the nails was Eustacio Cafe Jr.
“We arrived at this area clean so we must leave it clean as well. This area will be used for a soccer game, so we are striving to remove all the markings that we have placed (such as plastic straps and nails); we are also trying to avoid players from getting into an accident” he said.
At 9:30 am the following day, around 50 people were sent again to the sports park to further clean-up and get rid of the remaining nails on the field. By 12 noon, about 20,728 nails along with 15,772 markings, signs, nametags, and fence were removed from the field.
The volunteers also cleaned both grandstands and left the entire sports park spotless at 3pm of May 14.
A Tzu Chi volunteer gathers all green plastic bags and pack them inside cardboard boxes. As a practice, all materials used in the event are properly re-packed or disposed leaving no trash behind. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
Eustacio Cafe Jr., removes a nail marking from the ground of Marikina Sports Park. He said that he is removing the nail markings in order to avoid any accidents from soccer players who will be using the field. 【Photo by Nyanza Nakar】
A Tzu Chi volunteer un-nails a fence. Several Tzu Chi volunteers mindfully removed several nails from the field to ensure that the next users would not incur any accidents. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
Several Tzu Chi youth carefully carry the crystal image of Buddha back to the receiving area. 32 people simultaneously carry one crystal image each in order to monitor the number of Buddha crystals being returned. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
When the crystal Buddha reaches the receiving area, Tzu Chi volunteers wipe the images before putting them inside the boxes. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
Several Tzu Chi staff also took part in the clean-up by carefully returning the plates in their proper boxes. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
The cleanup and pack-up lasted until 4am the following morning. To ensure that the entire field is free from impaled nails, 50 people were sent the following morning to further remove the remaining nametags left behind. By 12 noon, all 20,728 nails were removed from the field. 【Photo by Angeli Adviento】
This is an aerial view of the name tags (white dots) and other materials used during the 3-in-1 event. Tzu Chi volunteers and staff strived to clean the whole oval and remove around 20, 728 nails which impaled the name tags and other markings.【Photo by Al Franco Ocampo】