19 December 2011
Christmas at Daang Hari
The ‘Barefoot Running Kids’ of Daang Hari were treated to early Christmas treats, games and sports at a thanksgiving party organized for them by Senator Pia Cayetano and her friends last weekend.
Cayetano has been helping the group of young running enthusiasts since last year. She met them while training one morning along Daang Hari, a road that traverses Muntinlupa, Las Pinas and Bacoor, Cavite which has become a regular training ground for avid runners and bikers living in southern Metro Manila.
Sen. Pia thought of the moniker ‘Barefoot Running Kids,’ after observing that most members of the group were running barefoot or wearing only slippers. The children of poor families living in communities along Daang Hari, their parents can hardly afford to buy them running shoes but this has not barred these kids from pursuing their passion for running.
They have since been gifted with running shoes and other blessings, including free Hepatitis A and B shots, a feeding program, books and other treats.
Now on its second year, the thanksgiving party started with the children taking a dip in the pool in the morning, followed by a program prepared by the senator’s staff that featured raffle prizes, parlor games and a reading session. To show their gratitude, the children performed a dance number for Senator Pia Cayetano, who came with her training partner, Atty. Joey Torres and triathlon coach Noel Salvador.
In her message to the children, Cayetano stressed how young people should learn to value their studies and be responsible children to their parents, aside from their training and devoting time for playing.
We thank our friends for making this day extra special for the kids, including Ms Nova Naval and Engr. Adrian Chua of Portofino Heights and South; Taguig City Hall for the chairs and tables; Ms. Bell Grandinetti of Mona Lisa Ristorante in Alabang (2/F The Commerce Center, Commerce Ave., Alabang) for the pizza; and Ms. Mona Valdez for the chocolates. #