Lending A Hand

Last Saturday, me and some members of Skyscraper Community of Cebu went to the Gawad Kalinga Village in Mananga Riverside, Talisay City for a special mission. We went there to help build houses for our less fortunate brothers and sisters. The instructions for interested volunteers were simple: bring a towel, bring an extra shirt, bring a bottle of water, bring construction materials, and most importantly, be ready to WORK. I figured that since I’ve been sweating it out at the gym in the last couple of weeks, I could ‘work out’ and actually help others at the same time. So, I placed my name on the list, packed my bag with all the stuff that I needed, and showed up at the meeting place at 7:30 in the morning.

In spite of my sore fingers and aching legs, it was worth it of course. It’s not every day that we get to lend a hand. It’s not every day that we get a chance to actually make a difference. 🙂


SSC-Cebu boys Kit, Jarenz and Roy in action.

If  you know where the new Talisay City Hall is, chances are, you also know where to find the GK Village. It’s actually right across the new city hall. It’s those rows of colorful houses along the Mananga River.

Completed houses. Very nice.

The long SRP bridge near the Talisay City Hall.

GK Village Community Center.

A row of nice houses.

More houses being constructed.

A little more work and they’ll be ready!

More houses.

A short briefing. According to Pempem, the occupants of GK Village are families left homeless due to relocations, calamities, and fires. To qualify, these families must have a recommendation from their LGU. After a series of assessments and screenings, they will be asked to attend a series of seminars.

Let’s start working.

SSC-Cebu president Roy in action.

Kit and Jarenz with some ladies from Aboitizland.

Liezel – from the Mayor’s Management Team – and her sister. Good job, ladies!

Satchmo was there, too! 🙂

A group from PhilHealth was also there to help out!

Jed and Roy getting the floor ready.

Time for a short break. Wow! Kamote, saging, donuts! Kalami!

One shot before we get back to work! Hehe.

Ok, break’s over!

Group shot with Aboitizland peeps.

Tired but happy!

Good job, guys!