“Be thankful for what you have, but never take what you have for granted. Share with those who are less fortunate. You do not know what tomorrow brings” (Catherine Pulsifer)
My entries for this week’s photo challenge are products of the Eleemosynary Climb (5.16.10) I and some of my hiking buddies conducted for the genuinely kind people of the scenic Mount Timbak almost two years ago, and it has something to do with the quotes festooned at the beginning and end of this post.
There’s no better way to repay the blessings we have than to give something out for the less fortunate ones. Being a part of that special climb is already a fulfillment more so when you see the happy FACES of these children upon receiving our little help — in the form of a school supplies set.
Only a stolen shot can capture that authentic emotion I am looking for, especially in subjects like this.
The doll-like face of this child is definitely a charm to my eyes.
No matter how distracting the faces of other kids are on this photo, the striking smile of that boy instantly erases those distractions.
This picture made me discover that I, indeed, have two hands. One is for helping myself and the other is for helping others.
“Seek something outside your nine-to-five job as an additional source of fulfillment and as a way to feel the joy of helping others.” Harold Kushner
The Entrance of the CHURCH and the ENTRANCE to heaven.
Philippines is a predominantly Roman Catholic nation in Asia, but there are still few Filipinos who practice aboriginal religion as there were still untouched villages during the colonial era, specifically by the three powerful nations: Spain, Japan and America.
So when I got to Mount Singakalsa a year ago, I was surprised that the Spanish conquerors were able to penetrate the ninth highest mountain of the Philippines for their God, Gold, and Glory campaignbecause of the church up the highland village of Atok in Benguet. I’ve always believed that the Cordilleras is one of the few “untouched” places until I have learned from delving the internet and t.v. shows that my belief was actually the opposite.
Anyways, the reason behind choosing my entry for this week’s photo challenge is that, it is an absolute necessity of the Holy Sacrament for every Catholic to undergo baptism in a church like the one on the photo for entrance to heaven. So there are actually two entrances on the photo in that case.
The supposed night trek turned out to be the opposite because of God’s Act. That night (15 May 2010), it rained like a celestial bucket was pouring H2O on the place the time we’re about to step on the toenails of this mountain. We ended up renting a room to get past the crying night in the colorful Baguio City.
This climb was actually an outreach by a friend Ms. Rhovee Dadis. I must say I am blessed for taking part in its realization. My deepest gratitude to Rhovee for the invitation.
On May 16 May 2010, together with Rhovee Dadis, Paul, and Red, we successfully put the outreach into fruition.
Life Lessons Learned
Witnessing how difficult it is for the people, especially the children going to school, to get the supplies they need up the place. This prompted me to say a little prayer of gratitude to the Aura up in the sky. There’s no better way to repay the Aura’s Goodness than to give something out to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Seeing the smiles of the kids of Timbak while receiving their stuff is larger than life experience.
Mt. Singakalsa gave my camera truly breathtaking pictures and new perspective about life: I am more blessed than I ever thought.
- Mt. Singakalsa was my fourth subdued giant.
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