Day 11 – The Build (Day 5 – Night time)

It’s still Jan. 7.  We’ve spent our whole day at the build site but our time there is coming to and end.  We went back to the hotel to freshen up and get all our departing gifts for the village.  Here’s the plan:

5:30-6:30 Play games and give gifts to the kids

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:30-8:30 Closing Ceremonies
-Fireworks Dance
-Individual Speeches from student leaders
-Community Performances
-Appreciation Gifts/Presentations
-Student Leader Performance
-Final Goodbyes

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We’ve given gifts before, but this was the first time doing it in the dark.

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And this time there were so many on-lookers, not just kids.

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The hardest part is breaking up 300 kids into even groups, from there it gets easier.

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This time, each gift came with a gift card which we all hand made.

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Only take 1 gift please
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This shows you how many people were at the party….and this is only half of the basketball court, the other half is behind me.
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After the gift giving, everyone had the chance to sign our t-shirts

After the t-shirt signing, we felt like celebrities as everyone wanted to take goodbye photos.

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Look at how many people there are!
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The kids chant, “Chinese, Chinese, Chinese” which became Hilary’s nickname

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Merle

After the photos, we made our way to our formal goodbye party.

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We had VIP seats 🙂
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The closing ceremony was done beneath one of the basketball nets we donated
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We started off the festivities with a bang dancing to Katy Perry’s Fireworks and everybody joined along
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We were all given an individual opportunity to speak, talk about what we learned, and thank the community for embracing us into their lives
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There were a lot of heartfelt moments
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Bernie Consul thanks ANCOP for their partnership with the TCDSB
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Throughout the speeches there were several performances……these kids are so talented
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Vida, our ANCOP coordinator welcomes us back next year
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The teenager performance blew us away
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Filipinos sure love to sing and dance
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This group even had their outfits coordinated
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And of course, what’s a party without Gangnam Style!
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After the performances, we had several appreciation gifts to give including a manicure set for every lady in the kitchen for preparing our delicious meals every day.
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Merle Gonsalvez presents our foreman Gilbert a multi-screwdriver ratchet tool
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Angelie presents Tito Morrie a t-shirt and a hardhat signed by every student leader
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Mike and Merle present Vida a signed hardhat and wrist watch for always keeping us on time and on schedule
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We formally present the community with the wheel barrel, a luggage full of clothes, toys, and tools

The finale of the closing ceremonies was a singing performance by all the student leaders who sang Count on Me by Bruno Mars.  After the performance we said our final goodbyes.

Adrian
Adrian Camara
Andrea
Andrea Llanes
Angelie
Angelie Flores
Britany
Britany Kasjak
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Hilary Tang
Kevin
Kevin “The Boy” Villafuerta
Krystal
Krystal Dos Santos
Mearah
Mearah Manalo
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Meredith Burd
Merle
Teacher Merle Gonsalvez
Diane
Teacher Diane Ignoto
Bernie
Adult Supervisor Bernie Consul
Michael
Trip Coordinator Michael Consul
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We will miss them all!
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This cute girl always reminded Mike of his daughter Chase
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Final good bye to all the ladies who took care of us
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Last good bye to Tito Morrie
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Kids waiting for use to load the van for the very last time

As we drove off one last time, it didn’t really sink in that we were not coming back the next day.  There were many tears of both joy and sadness.  We made a lot of new friends and created a memories that will last forever!

4 thoughts on “Day 11 – The Build (Day 5 – Night time)

  1. This looks like it was an amazing trip. I feel as though I was there too through your great photos. I cried at the end when I saw the photos of you all leaving. You should all feel proud of your accomplishments and the memories you created for the children and for yourselves. Way to go! This is why Catholic Education matters!

  2. I’m sure that these are great memories that will fuel all those involved for a lifetime…

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