Rain-drenched, hiking stick on one hand, some goods on the other, and backpacks covered in improvised plastic raincoat, we trekked from the Saddle Point down the muddy mountain ridge. The night before, the seven of us were able to fill a jeepney with more than 10 boxes of food, sanitary supplies, gifts and books (plus one whole set of encyclopedia), transported them overnight via a commuter bus from Manila to Banaue, Ifugao , then another jeepney through a rough, muddy, winding road and then carried them by hand. Good thing some local mothers and kids helped us.
We were originally planning for a highschool friends get together Christmas party, when we thought of making it something more special. The idea of doing an outreach popped up. And after a few days of planning and soliciting funds, goods and support, we found our way into one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thanks to our generous friends and sponsors, Unilever and Magnolia, we were able to hold a party for more than 60 Batad kids. Thanks to Teacher Cathy and the parents who helped us. To Ka Rene for providing the contacts and to Mang Ramon of Ramon’s homestay.