On that Sunday afternoon, October 27, 2013, four of the adorable babies from the Infant Care settled at Apalit Pampanga celebrates their 1st birthday with a kid’s party and remarkable speech from Ms. Luz Cruz.
Ms. Annabelle Bescasio, the Social Worker assigned for Infant Care facility, along with other LKD officers arranges a fun birthday party for the celebrants namely Mark Anthony, Cherry Mae, Athena Jane, and Maria Corazon. Ms. Annabelle invited kids from around the place to take part in the said celebration.
Photo banners were displayed in front of the platform with inviting colorful balloons along side. The organizers and house parents conjointly decorated the place, pointing out cuteness at every detail. Sound systems, physical arrangement, foods and beverages and even prizes for games are well-set.
One of the scenes that capture the heart is the presence of the mother of one of the celebrants. Mark’s mother is happy and fulfilled after seeing her son healthy and active (he even sways and moves his body when background songs were played). At the later part of the event, she cradled and put Mark to sleep. Mark Anthony is a subject for reintegration and he will eventually return to his family within this span of week.
Special participation by the guests was also entertained. One of them sang “Puso Kong Nabuksan”. The other two kids put everybody else to groove by dancing “Gentlemen”. Presentation of AVP’s for each child was also showcased by their respective “nanay-nanayan” (mother-like figures). Ms. Gabriela presented a slideshow of Mark’s picture, Ms. Feebee for Cherry Mae, Ms. Maiden for Athena Jane and the very own social worker of the facility, Ms. Annabelle for Maria Corazon.
One of the Highlights of the birthday celebration is the dance presentation performed by the ever- enduring and dutiful house parents – Ms. Hannah, Charlene, Marlyn and Abbygail which, according to them, they have perfected few minutes before the program started.
Games such as Pinoy Henyo were both participated by children and some staffs. Prizes are showering not only for the winners but also to every child who participated in the party.
Ms.Luz Cruz gives an inspirational speech
Ms. Luz Cruz, the School Head of La Verdad Christian School, who was just really passing by the celebration, spared some time to share her insights with us.
In one of her speech, she emphasizes how these babies are destined to heaven and indeed a great holiness in the sight of God to have them well taken care of. Babies are very vulnerable and they can’t complain, so it’s necessary to acquire skills such as observing and listening to what they voice out.
Ms. Luz Cruz wishes that these babies will grow up fearing the Almighty God and will not engage to any act of delinquencies after being discharge from the facility. She also speaks in the place of the house parents and care givers who painstakingly nurtured the babies as they grow but will eventually return to their respective families.
She says “It is really hard for us to let go when that mutual attachment is build. However, it is for their best to have their own family to take care. Above all, we know we have fulfilled our duties out of mercy towards our fellowmen, without expecting in return. We just wish that their families will take good care of them for they are gifts from God. Maybe, we should make some follow ups to see the child’s progress after being taken out of the facility”
Mark Anthony, Cherry Mae, Athena Jane, and Maria Corazon are just four out of the nine babies that are currently being catered at Infant Care. The babies are ensured to achieve the best care. The facility is equipped with well trained caregivers, ventilated rooms, medical supplies and every necessity.
Bro. Eli Soriano along with the Members Church of God International are the main financers for the operations and maintenance of the said facility.
Infant Care, located at Apalit Pampanga, is an institution that temporarily houses abandoned, fatherless children and also those who are in conflict or under a special case