December 30, 2016 12:16 AM

By: Elyrose S. Naorbe

A TOTAL of 30 individuals in Iloilo received a bag of Noche Buena goods as part of the Rotaract Club of Metro Iloilo’s Bag of Hope Project Year 2 last Dec. 24, 2016.

A project of RAC Metro Iloilo and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo under Rotary International District 3850, the bags included a 1 kilo of spaghetti, golden bihon, juice, macaroni salad, canned goods, and condiments.

The goods were collected through donations from non-government organizations, sports associations, and groups and individuals who have the heart for the poor.

The team first visited the town of Miagao and gave five bags to a traffic enforcer, street sweeper, hall attendant, peddler and senior citizen. They asked the beneficiaries about their short biography, occupation and family background.

Jun Sarayno, 80, of San Joaquin, Iloilo said he is very happy to receive a bag of noche Buena from the group.

“Thank you to your group for choosing me as one of the beneficiaries of your project. These goods can help us celebrate the midnight’s noche buena. Indeed there are still people who have good hearts and are willing to help other people,” Sarayno added.

After Miag-ao, the group headed to Iloilo City to continue their noble cause. They went to Plaza Libertad where they met different kinds of people with different kinds of personalities.

“We saw trisikad drivers, peddlers, corn vendors, barkers, street children, and homeless families. While we are asking them questions, we can see on their faces that they are happy to receive our bags. We hope that in this little own way, we can truly touch their lives and serve as instruments of kindness and generosity,” said RAC Metro Iloilo member Jullian Alojado.

The group also gifted waiters, security guards, and janitors of some malls with the bag of hope, creating smiles on their faces.

Josefina Pacdoro, a 92-year-old banana chips vendor from Guimaras, also received a bag of hope. She said she was glad to be included in the group’s list and the goods she received will be prepared during their noche buena with his grandchildren.

The last stop was at Delgado Street to visit a group of Atis asking for alms from passersby. The beneficiaries were natives of Duenas and Calinog towns who tried their luck in the city.

According to 72-year-old Mariza Dela Cruz who has 14 children, they went to Iloilo City to earn some amount of money by selling hand-woven wallets and medicines.


“We are very thankful for this Christmas gifts. It will really helped our family, especially our children to taste delicious foods which we rarely eat,” she added.