Today, at lunch break, the guard at the gate of Santa Lucia Catholic School told my son that he is not allowed to go out for lunch. The guard claimed my son had been late for three times and that’s why he is not allowed to go out at lunchtime.
Questions and arguments:
Comments are very very welcome!
On 28 November 1984, the original version of the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure was released to raise money for relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. The song was re-recorded in 1989 by Band Aid II and in 2004 by Band Aid 20, again raising funds for famine relief. Other versions and parodies were also produced with the purpose of raising funds for various charities.
All that was way before the occurrence of super typhoon Haiyan, locally known in the Philippines as Bagyong Yolanda. But there is a phrase in the song that so fittingly describes what we Christians must do at this time:
Many have shared their blessings, and many have done so more than once, to those affected by Haiyan. But, as has been aptly written on the website of ChildFund International, “Recovery Will Take Time and Ongoing Commitment.” And so we must overcome donor fatigue and rally our forces once more, because Christmas is drawing near and we need to help make Christmas better for those affected, specially the children. Here are ways that you can give to the children:
UNICEF’s programs emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children
Save the Children promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries
Donations to ChildFund International support vocational training, literacy training, food distribution, educational programs, early childhood development, health and immunization programs, nutritional programs, water and sanitation development, and emergency relief in both man-made and natural disasters.
The Balik Bayan Bandana facebook group was created by my Pisay classmate Elai Mae Atendido to raise funds for the charity work of BOHOLunteers, Inc. which is committed to respond to the basic emergency & transitional needs of Boholanos and Filipinos struck by disasters. PSHS Batch 83 Alumni and Friends supports Balik Bayan Bandana.
January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Holiday for all schools)
April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)
June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)
August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)
November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)
December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)
*Separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha