Day 6 – Part 1 – St. Martin de Porres Orphanage

It’s the first day of the new year, January 1st, 2014.  Today we are travelling to the city of Tondo to visit the St. Martin de Porres orphanage.

Before leaving the hotel, we practiced the special dance we wanted to teach the kids at the orphanage.
We were shocked by some of the scenery we were seeing outside of the bus windows.
The orphanage itself seemed like a beautiful sanctuary compared to everything surrounding it.
The sign says it all
Even more so did the childrens’ welcoming smiles
We instantly fell in love
We took the time to get to know them before the official start of our visit
Hi fives all around
Time to line up and go upstairs. We were impressed by how disciplined the children were and how good they are at following instructions
We started the day in prayer
Despite being shy, he mustered up the courage to lead us in prayer
Mr. Consul (Mike’s Dad) quotes the bible: “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do unto me.”
Each kid was asked to come up and say their name, age, and future ambition
We were shocked by how old they were
Despite their height and size, many of the children were 10 yrs and older
A lot of them were even as old as some of us (14 yrs)
Policeman, solider, flight attendant, doctor, and lawyer were some of the future careers they shared as their ambitions
“Is it my turn?”

Now it’s our turn to share our names, age, and future ambition.

Now it’s our turn to introduce ourselves. Michael starts off saying that when he grows up, he wants to be like his dad 🙂
Melissa Ayisi – Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, 17 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a teacher
Alanna Marchese – St. Joseph’s College Catholic Secondary School, 17 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a psychologist
Alyssa Cabutaje – Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, 16 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a flight attendant
Britishawna Petgrave – Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, 14 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a math teacher
Marc Balano – Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, 16 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a priest (but really a physio therapist)
Kyla-Anne Ewart – Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, 17 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a veterinarian
Jeffrey Wang – Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, 14 years old. When I grow up, I want to be an engineer
Erica Cinco – Francis Libermann Catholic Secondary School, 16 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a teacher or a police officer
Shaelyn Talusan – St. Joseph’s College Catholic Secondary School, 17 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a criminal lawyer
Nicole Baret – Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, 14 years old. When I grow up, I want to be a dancer or a chemist
Joseph Fantuzzi – Bishop Allen Catholic Secondary School, 17 years old. When I grow up, I want to be an “act-tour” (joke lang).  Joe wants to be a computer engineer.

No picture of Katrina Lorenzo because official photographer had to go to the washroom.

Katrina Lorenzo Favourite Food:  No favourites Favourite Quote: “Mistakes don't exist, only lessons do”
Katrina Lorenzo – Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School – Student Council President. 16 years old and wants to be a nurse when she grows up.
Lindsay Curtis – Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, I’m already grown up and I’m a teacher 🙂
Dr. Danielle Hyles – Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (DCDSB), currently the vice principal and aspires to be the principal
Bernie Consul, adult volunteer, and I’m retired!
We then see which side of the crowd is the loudest, “On the count of 3, make some N-O-I-S-E!”
Michael then leads everyone in a finger snatch game, “Every time I say the word KANIN in my story, pull up and try not get your finger snatched by your right hand, and try to grab the person’s finger beside you with your left hand.”
“Kanin” is Tagalog for “Rice”
Erica performs a medley for everyone with her beautiful voice
Danielle also performed “Let It Snow”
This is perfect, I can participate and get a tan all at the same time! Awesome!
Next, we taught them choreography to the song “I Got a Feelin” by the Black Eyed Peas
Thanks Merle Gonsalvez for creating the choreography!
Look at those awesome poses
Erica’s pose is the cutest!
Next dance, a Camp Olympia favourite, “Follow da Leader”
“Put one hand up in the air and wave them from left to right.”
Bringing “Caribana” to the Philippines with some soca!
Jump, jump, jump, jump, jump!
We raise the energy level to new heights
Jump on it, jump on it! We dance to the Sugar Hill Gang
This is another Camp Olympia favourite (Jump on it by Sugar Hill Gang)
Kids are loving it
Next song, YMCA – Here’s the Y
The “M”
The “C”
The “A”
What does the fox say?
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, di-ding, di-ding

I don’t know who’s enjoying themselves more, us or the kids.

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We now move into smaller group games
First, we learn each other’s name
Then we play duck, duck, goose
While others changed it to Meese, Meese, Moose
Jeff gets selected as the goose
Run Lindsay!
Faster Joe!
Who’s going to be first to sit down
Next game: Huckle Buckle
Huckle buckle back to back
Huckle buckle finger to nose
Huckle buckle head-to-head
Huckle buckle hand to forehead
Next game: Pass the Squeeze
First team to high-five Lindsay gets a point
Alanna and Jeffrey face off
Danielle starts her own game 🙂
Now to give a away some toys
I pick that one
Spreading Christmas joy in January!
Pose for the camera
Look up, look up!
Michael meets one of his aunts from his mom’s side for the very first time
We also gave each child a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste
Danielle’s school did a big toothbrush and toothpaste drive before the Christmas break filling up multiple suitcases
Crowd yells: “Thank you Blessed Mother Teresa School.”
Last goodbyes before leaving

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We had an amazing time with the children at the St. Martin de Porres Orphange.

Day 6 – Part II and III will be posted next. Stay tuned. Please write us your comments below.

17 thoughts on “Day 6 – Part 1 – St. Martin de Porres Orphanage

  1. how is it that Katrina is the only one who’s picture was not taken… did she not do it… lets be honest 😀 and mike aren’t you already grown mikes dad is the funniest… he’s retired

  2. I am so happy to see those children smiling! Student leaders you are doing a great job! When you guys come back, you have to teach me the choreography! hahaha

  3. I didn’t realize how much I loved playing with kids! Despite the language barrier, I was able to make lots of fun memories. In fact, I had so much fun that I’m thinking of changing my dream to doing something similar to this!

  4. Really had an amazing time playing with the kids! They were so disciplined and respectful! I really bonded with Chervin through singing worship songs. Since we could not understand each other sometimes, singing was a way we communicated and it was something we had in common. Loved dancing with them and introducing them to some soca.

  5. I loved dancing with the kids! They were so energized and eager to learn the dance moves. They’re also really funny! There was a guy who took a Dora book as his Christmas gift.

  6. This was such an amazing day. Listening to the big dreams and aspirations the children have for themselves was so nice to hear. The children were respectful and polite and showed so much gratitude towards us as we left. I think the work St. Martin de Porres is doing is inspiring and so amazing. These children deserve happiness and that is exactly what the orphanage provides.

  7. The children at St. Martin de Porres were great! They were so welcoming and hearing each of them introduce themselves and to hear their aspirations in life was truly uplifting. Being able to spend time with them really brought joy to my heart.

  8. The kids were all shy at the beginning while introducing themselves, but once lunch time came around, they started to warm up to us. They taught us a new game called My Favourite Fruit, and they all had fun teaching it to us. Small things contribute to making our service trip great, and the beautiful and hopeful smiling faces are part of it. Their hope gave me hope.

  9. ST. MARTIN DE PORRES ORPHANAGE!! Those kids were so kind, polite and grateful!! They were the sweetest kids ever! They all said hello when we came in, they sat quietly as each child and leader went up and explained what they wanted to be when they grew up. They were also so joyful even though the kids that went to this orphanage were the poorest of the poor! I was so proud and honoured to have spent my day with such AMAZING kids. (: ❤

  10. The kids at St. Martin de Porres Orphanage gave me hope. When they told us their dreams and goals in life it was great to hear that they weren’t going to let anything get in the way. They were very welcoming, disciplined and so cute. The games we played got them really excited and they were thankful for the gifts. My Favourite Fruit will forever be the best hand game.

  11. In the beginning, these kids were all so shy in introducing themselves but after a couple games and dances, they really opened up and became energetic. Listening to each and everyone of these kids and their future aspirations made me happy. Their desire, their hope and their willingness will get them wherever they want to. These kids were all so kind and respectful. I’m glad I got to spend time with these kids of the future!

  12. It’s so nice to start the new year giving back! I enjoyed spending time with these kids, especially when we danced with all of them; that’s when they started coming out of their shells. When they were told to line up in order, I was surprised! It reminded me of my childhood days, when I was told the same thing at school. They put a smile on my face when they each said what they wanted to be when they grow up. These kids are very disciplined and polite and I’m thankful I got a chance to meet them. I look forward to seeing them fulfill their ambitions!

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