Friday, December 29, 2017

Learning to use Fr. Pablo's Gadgets for Self-Defense

During our Paskuhan sa Don Bosco Calauan 2017 held last Dec 28, 2017, Fr. Salvador Pablo, SDB showed us his self-defense gadgets - guns, knives, axe, bow and arrows - which he use for teaching the people of Calauan on self-defense. Fr. Pablo says "if you know how to use these gadgets, you develop confidence and in times of danger, you don't need to fight with the bad guys because you can easily defend yourself by using the gadgets and neutralize the enemy."

So Fr. Pablo and his staff volunteers showed Geof, Julia, Apple and I how to use their guns (pellets), bow and arrow, knives and axes. Geof was a cool and consistent shooter. Julia was a  Katniss of "Hunger Games" archer. Apple is a dangerous shooter (be careful hostages :-). In my case, I just observed. I would like to quote Michael Jackson: "I am a lover not a fighter." :-)

Apple: Isang bala ka lang!

Hostage: "Ouch!"

Geof saves the hostage from the hostage taker!

Paskuhan sa Don Bosco Calauan 2017

Fr. Salvador Pablo, SDB
The 2017 edition of the Paskuhan sa Don Bosco Calauan which was started by the families of Andy-Apple Oreta and Alexis Pineda of DBA'78 in 2015 was held on Dec. 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Funds collected from generous donors from DBA'78, UP AISC '83, relatives and friends were deposited to the Salesian of John Bosco sa Calauan bank account. The funds were used to support 100 kids for their lunch, grocery bags and prizes for the games. In this edition, the whole event from shopping and packing of grocery bags and conduct of games was managed by the Don Bosco Calauan volunteers led by Lester. Our family assisted in the distribution of grocery bags.

Fr. Pablo sent this message after the event: 

  • "Pls do extend my big THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE CHRISTMAS TREAT OF CALAUAN NINO INNOCENTES, Victims of Typhoons Ondoy, Yolanda n Glenda Relocatees n in danger zones of Pasig river n various dump sides to Calauan death zone of depression n demographic catastrophes.
  • SPECIAL THANKS the TASTIEST embotido (home made by Dina)  we ate for dinner.
  • The presence of Geof n Julia enhanced the giving culture of Batch 78 n 83 n DLSU GREAT PEOPLE n their relatives . Special thanks to CONNECTORS : TETET N ANDY.
  • All your names are now in our perpetual daily prayers n MASSES"
Alexis and my family would like to thank all donors who sent their donations and those who pledged to donate (your donations are still welcome and will be sent to Fr. Pablo):
  • Romy Rodriguez – DBA’78
  • Kenn Ramirez – DBA’78
  •  Cynthia Hardy – Andy’s cousin
  • Arthur Fabia – UP AISC CE Batch’83
  • Victor Macam – UP AISC CE Batch’83
  • Samuel Hernando – UP AISC CE Batch ‘83
  • Albert Fajardo - DBA'78
  • Sebio Nacpil - DBA'78
  • Lanie Alvarez - Nagoya U alumnus
  • Indette Gaspillo - DLSU Faculty
  • Jimmy Bacani - DBA'78
  • Bogs Sebastian - DBA'78
  • Cosette Oreta 
  • Dina Maglalang – Andy’s cousin (Prepared the home-made embotido)
  • All anonymous donors and friends who may have missed in this list :-)

Apple distributing soap for washing

Geof and Julia distribute the grocery packs

The father and the prodigal son

Anton sings his favorite songs - "Theme from Titanic"  and Frozen