Day 9 (part 1) – Tarlac (Build Day 1)


January 5, 2017

Today we travelled 3 hours away from Manila to the rural city of Tarlac, the location of our 2016-17 build site.

We had many tasks which included:

Transferring this mound of sand to the opposite end of the site.
The sand was obstructing two houses and was needed for mixing concrete at the other end of the site.
We also had to unload and move hollow blocks.
Some of us also had to measure and cut rebar.
After building, we made time to get to know the kids in the community and play some games.
The winner of each game received a knapsack full of surprises.

Watch the video below to see all the things we did on our first day in Tarlac.

Thanks for following our travels.

Tonight we will be visiting the ANCOP village of San Vincente to show our dance and play with the kids.

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  1. ?As you can see treasures like this are kept a long time.

    Again and again, God Bless all involved, take care and have a great March Break!

    Peace, Joy, Hope, Charity and Humility, Steve De Quintal Teacher, St. Mary Catholic Academy, 66 Dufferin Park Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6H-1J6. 416-393-5528 ext. 84293 “that they may have life and have it the full.” “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit” – Nelson Henderson ***You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response*** ________________________________

  2. Whenever I tell people about the build site, I open up with some variation or another of “when will we be free from the sand pile.” Honestly, though, finishing that sand mound was one of the most satisfying things BECAUSE it was so tiring and repetitive. We worked hard and we got the job done.

  3. First day was awesome. Hard work and sweat but it was worth it. Plus the cantalope juice was amazing

  4. While visiting each village we introduced ourselves through this format. “Hi I’m ________, I’m __ years old and my parents are from ________”. I decided to be extra and say specifically where I am from so I proceeded by saying “Hi, I’m Joleia, I’m 17 years old and my parents are from Gerona, Tarlac”. When I said this, I felt as if I was an instant celebrity. People applauded as if I was Beyonce, and I would be lying if I said that it didn’t make me feel nice. I think they found it even more special knowing that my parents are from a community about 15 minutes away from theirs. I was so excited to form bonds with the kids and parents of Tarlac and be able to see them the following day.

  5. Walked into this little community with honestly no idea that I would form such close bonds with the kids, including Rosana. Looking back, the Philippines all felt like a dream. The amount of happiness I feel whenever I think about Paniqui is something I cherish a lot.

  6. This day was the start of such a fun and memorable week. The community welcomed us with open arms and immediately made us feel like we were part of the community. Seeing the community being so patient with us, as we were learning how to do the tasks made us more motivated to help them as much as we can, so they can have some sort of break (even though they were along our sides the whole time) during the week we were there.

  7. I had no idea how much of an impact this community would make on me, and the incredible bonds I would make throughout the week. Knowing that we would see everyone the next day, was such a wonderful feeling, because unlike the other villages where we wouldn’t be able to, saying goodbye only meant until the next day.

  8. The first day was so fun! I remember that I was exhausted in the intro part but then when the kids were dancing I saw that two kids (Matthew and Jenny) were dancing together and Jenny had a cute little look in her eye. Later on I found out that Jenny like Matthew but Matthew only liked her as a friend. I can’t believe I found that out on the first day. This was also the first time I met Jeffry.My child. When we were playing games he kept on holding my hand and trying to talk to me. This is where it all began.

  9. Physical work was really tiring. Transferring the mound of sand to the opposite end of thebuild site was really exhausting but as soon as everyone worked together (the train thingy), it was so easy and so much fun!

  10. I was super excited to meet the kids who we would be seeing for the next week, knowing that we would be able to see them the next day. Passing hollow blocks to my other group members on the first day was challenging but rewarding. Playing with the kids was, as always, a joy and seeing their faces when they received the backpacks full of goodies was something I could never stop smiling at.

  11. Building the houses and being able to help work was an amazing experience. It was really hot but that didn’t seem to phase us and the children. Playing games with the children and being able to see them day after day was incredible and different from the other villages, which we only saw once.

  12. It was super wild seeing how simple tasks in Canada, are such laborious, tedious tasks in the Philippines. For example, making concrete here can be made in seconds due to machinery, but in the Philippines, we had to hand-make the concrete which took a lot of work. This taught me was hard work and resilience meant. One of the main workers, Kevin, I later found out he was just a teenager, and that really stood out to me. Seeing the community work so hard inspired me to push myself.

  13. This day was so exciting! Arriving to Tarlac made me so happy! We were welcomed and they made us feel at home. The first day of build was really fun. In all honesty it was overwhelming to see all the supplies but the kids never fail to make us laugh. They made all the manual work fun. Their performances made me so happy and I really felt a sense of community when the kids, teens and the titas performed for us!!!

  14. Today was really tiring and felt the longest out of all the build days, but it was worth it! And connecting with the kids through the beginning celebration and in general was super uplifting! Plus we got to see them again for a whole week!

  15. The first day at Tarlac was super exciting and fun to meet all the kids! The community was so welcoming and being able to see the kids the next day was something I looked forward to! The work was tiring under the sun but teamwork was able to get things moving and the food made by all the titas was so yumsss!!!!!

  16. Great first day at our build site! The Tarlac community welcomed us with open arms. I will never forget how kind they were to us.

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