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Friday, August 22nd marked the year anniversary of the Cangumbang Community Center's official Blessing and Opening Ceremony. The past year has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. The community center has served its original purpose, and then some(and then some). The people in Cangumbang have been through literal devastation and successfully built back better. I am amazed at what the center ...
... br> This week construction continues on the water tank and tower for the center, but electricity installation is still on the back burner, waiting for approval for reinstallation. Slowly but surely the amenities which we see as standard and basic in the United States will be available at the center. However, seeing the full functionality and impact of the center without these amenities, only further solidifies to me that they are not a necessity in life.
... Barangays, all with different styled houses and enthusiastic children excitedly running out to shout hello. When we arrive at school, all the children run out and wave (some with their entire bodies it seemed), the teachers must hate us! Once the truck is unloaded everyone splits off to do their jobs. It is a great team effort and everyone is supportive and good fun. At the end of the day, it is back to the truck we go. I have never been more excited for a ...
... have accomplished in the past year and a half.
At the end of the day, when I am exhausted from running around the center playing with the kids, serving a meal, or cleaning up, I cherish every simple moment. The smile from across the center, shared with a mother who observed her 2 year old trying to play badminton for the first time. The entranced look of the little girl watching Pocahantas for the first time. The giggles that spill out of John Joseph ...
Lots of things took place since I last updated the blog. I will keep the descriptions short as the photos speak for themselves.
Miss Apitong 2014
Alexa and I were invited to be judges for the Miss Apitong event in Barangay 92. It was great honor for us to attend this event. It was probably the first time that the Barangay had foreign judges for one of their community event. ...