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Spreading Holiday Cheer Through Christmas Caroling

As the holiday season approaches, the employees of OHFWI embraced the festive spirit by organizing Christmas Caroling events for the Board of Trustees members.

To ensure a harmonious and delightful caroling experience, the staff gathered at the OHFWI Fairview office on December 15 for a practice session. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and camaraderie as the group rehearsed classic and modern carols, refining harmonies and perfecting their festive tunes. This preparatory session set the stage for the upcoming caroling events, creating a sense of unity and sharing excitement among the carolers.

The holiday cheer extended beyond the office premises as the carolers boarded a special journey to Tagaytay on December 18. BOT Ma’am Marlyn was the recipient of this musical endeavor. The team, having left the Fairview office after lunch, made their way to Tagaytay to serenade Ma’am Marlyn with the timeless melodies of the season. The picturesque backdrop of Tagaytay added an extra layer of enchantment to the caroling experience, creating lasting memories for both the carolers and Ma’am Marlyn.

Continuing their mission to spread joy and warmth, the OHFWI carolers visited Ma’am Lilet and Atty. Taya on December 19, and Ma’am Linda on December 20. The heartwarming tunes echoed, bringing smiles and festive vibes to the homes of these esteemed colleagues. The personalized touch of caroling at the residences of Ma’am Lilet, Atty. Taya and Ma’am Linda added a sense of intimacy to the celebrations, fostering a stronger sense of community within the OHFWI family.

The Christmas caroling served as a testament to the spirit of togetherness and joy that defines the holiday season. From the spirited practice session at the Fairview office to the memorable visits to the homes of the three members of the board of trustees and the executive director, the carolers successfully brought the magic of Christmas to life. The OHFWI family created cherished memories that will undoubtedly be treasured for years to come, solidifying the bonds of friendship and camaraderie within the organization.

Indeed, these heartwarming gatherings brought joy and merriment to both the carolers and the members of the Board of Trustees.

Prepared by:

Jesusa Bedia, Admin Officer

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Monitoring Visit in Enrile, Cagayan

On August 10, 2022, we took the opportunity to visit Enrile Cagayan and meet the 8 CYDP Beneficiaries 6 of them are newly graduates, on our way to a Medical/Dental Mission in Apayao.

The purpose of the Activity was not only to give the allowances and shoes but also to gather students’ evaluations for the School Year 2021-2022. Knowing which aspects, we need to improve and continue is always helpful.

The Activity started at exactly 2:30 in the afternoon, Ms. Erlinda Apostol and the Vice Mayor of Enrile warmly welcomed the OHF team. A short game called “Stinger” was introduced later on. The participants evaluated what they learned and observed. One Shared that we must always be careful in trusting anyone.

The Program Area Coordinator shared her analysis of the moral lesson of the game. One must be careful in choosing one’s circle of friends, second, we must be vigilant in finding what/who’s the network we can affiliate with that fit us or challenged us.

After the game, the 6 new graduates shared their experiences from where they started and how they finished their 4 years in College and also expressed their gratitude for the help of the foundation. After them, 2 remaining CYDP Beneficiaries at Enrile also shared their thoughts, goals, and gratitude to the foundation.

After the activity, OHF Team distributed the shoes that were donated by Vans and their Last Allowance for this School Year 2021-2022.

Ms. Rosalinda T. Perez, the Executive Director of the Open Heart Foundation cited that she wishes all the scholars to become successful someday, finish their studies and find decent jobs so that they may be able to help their families in the future. That was the goal of the Open Heart Foundation, to help one student in a family and that scholar will alleviate her family from the clutches of poverty. They must pay it forward to their siblings and other family members. To the graduating batch, she challenged them to strive further, because finishing their college education is just the beginning of their life’s journey. They are expected to lead their communities in the future. And also, one of the board trustees Secretary Marlyn Fernando shares her motivational message to all the CYDP Beneficiaries.

Prepared by: Maejorie U. Ortega, RSW, Program Area Coordinator 1

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