At the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, Bulacan
“Setting the tone for innovation and possibility in the Philippines, The Enchanted Farm is a development that will forever change the future of a nation consistently promised a better tomorrow but perpetually waiting for that day to come.” - GK Enchanted Farm
Last Friday, I was able to visit the GK Enchanted Farm located in Barangay Encanto, Bulacan once again. It feels peaceful and serene there!
With Fabien and Tito Tony
What was supposed to be a business meeting with Fabien turned out to be a lunch under the trees with Tito Tony Meloto! What a pleasant surprise, right?
Lunch time with the volunteers
Together with Tito Tony, I was able to meet the Gawad Kalinga volunteers living in the GK farm. Smart move! The farm is the perfect place for them to channel their skills and productivity :)
With Fabien | My zebra print latop bag
Everyone, meet Fabien! He is the creative mind behind the brand Plush and Play.
With Aileen and Ate Marissa
After the farm, I visited my W.E. Garage ladies in GK Pandi. Such a productive day! You ready to be Enchanted? ;)
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You know how the concept of becoming a hero is limited to having superpowers? As a kid, that’s what I thought. I often wished for the ability to freeze time so I could stop anything bad from happening. But as I grew older, I realized that we don’t need superpowers to become a hero. We can all be heroes. Originally, I had no team. I registered alone. Thankfully, both Roy and Jedee, were GK coordinators in Tacloban and they invited me to be part of the Tacloban group. Of course I said yes! :) I was lucky enough to have been part of this nationwide event, (it happened in 33 provinces simultaneously all over the Philippines), and even luckier that the nearest venue was my Lolo’s hometown. When I arrived in Bato, I had no idea what to expect.I was not informed that Boodle Fight is a signature activity for all GK events. So imagine my surprise when they connected more than 20 tables, put banana leaves on top, and laid out rice and viand on it. The next thing I knew, people were swarming to the buffet, all ready to eat. Nice. :) Unfortunately, I don’t eat fish so I had to stick with the vegetables, but I was still hungry, so I ate in a nearby canteen after. (Yes, I can eat like a pig when I want to. :p)When we arrived in Sto. Nino GK Village, we set up camp, where I put my hammock in between Roy and Jedi’s tents. (Pseudo bodyguards, yes? Lol.) It was one of my favorite things during the camp, going back to my hammock after a hard day’s work, looking up and seeing the beauty of Mother nature, or falling asleep under the stars. :)I am guilty of not fully participating during the opening ceremony. I was too busy loving the view. (But the stage wasn’t that far and I could hear the speakers from my hammock, so it’s all good. :p) A few hours after, the real work began.There were volunteers from the army, students, private companies, and a number of locals who were with me in the School Refurbishing Hometown. (The other 5 were: Farm Build, Environment, Paraisong Pambata, Medical Mission, and House Build) I chose to be in the school hometown because I personally feel that providing a better learning environment, will foster the desire to achieve and do more in life. Most of us take school for granted, but if you saw what this center looked like when we first went in, you will realize how lucky you are.
More photos and hopefully, meaningful insights on volunteering after the jump! :)