On Saturday, September 24, the day started very early for the saints of the Cagayan de Oro Philippines Stake. At exactly 6 o’clock in the morning, members of the five wards and 1 branch, wearing their yellow “Helping Hands” vests, went to their respective community service project assignments to open the Family Day Celebration, in observance of the National Family Week.
Members of the Cagayan de Oro 1st Ward went to Camaman-an Elementary School and cleaned part of the campus of the public elementary school;
Primary children were involved in the community service project. This is done so that at their young age, they will know and appreciate serving others.
The youth, too, were given tasks. They helped sweep and carry garbage plastics to collect garbage all over the campus.
Even pregnant women helped; they swept and they cleaned.
Those that belong to Cagayan de Oro 2nd Ward cleaned the city streets within the vicinity of the Stake Center; Carmen Ward saints cleaned classrooms and lawns in the West City Central School; Kauswagan Ward members cleaned the areas surrounding the Kauswagan Chapel; Macanahan Ward rendered service at the DSWD Children’s Center; and the Canitoan Branch cleaned 2 elementary school campuses.
Following the community service projects, at exactly 1:30 in the afternoon, members and guests flocked to the Stake Center to attend workshops on the following:
For adults – Entrepreneurship and Online Jobs;
For the youth – How to Study Effectively and Career Planning; and
For the Primary – Art and Health
Barangay Chairman Bonete of Barangay 29 was the Special Guest of the Opening Program. He expressed appreciation for the invitation and he said he and the other barangay officials will look forward to next years’ Family Week Celebration. In his talk he commended the members of the church and the Church by saying that the Stake Center is the most peaceful place in the whole of Barangay 29. This is remarkable considering that the Stake Center is situated in the heart of the City, in a busy commercial district near the Cogon Market.
In attendance were members of the Barangay Council, the Barangay Secretary, and representatives from a women’s organization of the barangay. Two representatives from Philhealth also attended the program and gave a short orientation on Philhealth services.
Smart Communications also joined in the celebration and was represented by Peter Ballados and his Staff. Smart Communications gave away Pampamilya Sim Packs for those who attended the Entrepreneurship Workshops as a way of helping the Pamilyang Filipino save money through their Tipid Programs.
Brother Peter Ballados, a member of the Cagayan de Oro 1stWard works for Smart Communications in Cagayan de Oro City. He was the first speaker for the Entrepreneurship Workshop.
He was then followed by Sister Maria Christina Concepcion, MBA, an accredited enterprise development consultant and owner of MCIC Consulting.
Sister Dorothy Jane Pastrano-Ibuyan, a freelance Online Consultant then shared her knowledge on Online Job opportunities.
The trainers for the youth workshops were Bro. Quivido Origenes, a professor from Xavier University; and Bro. Manzano of CDO PIR.
Urban Gardening was handled by Bishop Michael Ortega of Kauswagan Ward; while Disaster Preparedness was handled by members of the Cagayan de Oro 2nd Ward.
On the Art & Health Workshops for the Primary, Sister Merolyn Gamaya, RN, Stake Primary President, together with her Auxiliary leaders, facilitated the event.
The children had a great time doing art works and also listening to speakers talk about good health like how to brush the teeth properly.
The children listened attentively …
Following the workshops, exhibits on Urban Gardening, Healthy Cooking (courtesy of Del Monte Kitchenomics), and Disaster Preparedness and the 72-Hour Kit were opened to the participants.
The children also had so much fun; they had Ice Cream and Cotton Candy – it really felt like a festival for kids!
Moms and Dads also had free taste of Seaweed Salad from Sister Jen Ancog
Health services such as cholesterol screening and BP reading were also made available for the members and the guests of the affair. Dr. Sue Saavedra then met with those who got cholesterol levels above the normal and discussed with them intervention measures to arrest further worsening of their health conditions.
The Family Day celebration ended with a closing program. Ward representatives presented special numbers.
The highlight of the program, which surprised everyone present, was by a special rendition of a song by the stake president himself who sang “God Gave Me You” to his 2 children and his wife. While singing he was surrounded by primary children and it was an awesome sight for everyone.
The whole day activity finally came to a close at exactly 7 in the evening. Members cleaned the chapel to prepare it for the Sunday services the following day.