Makisaya, Makilaro, MAKIBATA! : A Christmas Donation Drive For the Children of Our Partner Communities
It is the mission-vision of our university that moves the students to pour their hearts out in sharing their utmost compassion in helping other communities. It is in every student organization’s advocacy to lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate, in whichever way possible. Whether it is on a financial, emotional, spiritual or mental aspect, the students through their various organizations, give out their best efforts to be of help.
It is in adherence to this passion that the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) continuously conducts the project MAKIBATA. It is a yearly donation drive which campaigns to provide educational assistance by giving away school supplies that will help the student beneficiaries in their quest for knowledge. MAKIBATA 2009 benefits kids ages 5-9 years old from the different partner communities of the University. With the theme “Pluma”,the event recognizes the significance of education for the growth of the nation’s next hope, the youth.
MAKIBATA 2009 is spearheaded by Margaret Uy, SOCC Asst. Secretary and Luis Assistio III, SOCC PRO, in partnership with the university-wide organization Alpha-Phi Omega (APO), the Office for Community Development (OCD), and the Office for Student Affairs (OSA).
What is MAKIBATA?
“MAKIBATA started way back in 1985 as a community service project which first took place in Tinio Ortiz Elementary School,” recalls Asst. Prof. Marielyn C. Quintana, Assistant Director of the OCD, as she gives some of the project’s insights and rich historical background. MAKIBATA was originally a one-day program consisting of the gift-giving and feeding sessions to children of differernt chosen communities. However, its aim to give further assistance broadens its scope. It eventually evolved to foster children through a two-day adoption process wherein some Thomasian volunteers accommodate the assigned children in their respective homes for an overnight stay. Furthermore, MAKIBATA participants also experience a fair conducted by the SOCC with inflatables, magic shows and fun activities to bolster the event.
” The project’s goal to share the importance of education for a better appreciation of the Filipino culture does not only benefit the recipients but also the interrelated organizations in their shared advocacy. The participation of the different organizations invokes familial understanding, and it is where the true core of learning comes from, “ concluded Asst. Prof. Anita P. Garcia (SOCC adviser) in her inspirational message given during the MAKIBATA opening exhibit held at the Tan Yan Kee Student Center lobby.
Let’s help spread the Thomasian charity!
For those who want to give donations, the school kits must contain the following (for uniformity purposes):
1 red plastic envelope with handle
2 spring notebooks
Red, blue and black ballpens (1 of each color)
Crayons (pack of 16s)
1 set of assorted art paper
1 Intermediate pad
2 pcs. no.2 pencils
Other school supplies of your own choice
You can also donate your old/new toys at the office but toys promoting violence are prohibited (e.g., guns, swords).
There will be boxes provided at the SOCC office Rm. 205, Tan Yan Kee Student Center and at the different colleges. TOMWEB!, in cooperation with SOCC will also be accommodating donations for the project. For inquiries please contact Mr. Luis Assistio III (SOCC PRO) at 09176113841 or Marie Ronica Francia Peregrino (TOMWEB!) at 09273378975. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 14, 2009.
Date: December 15, 2009
Time: 7:00 am-7:00 pm
Venue: Quadricentennial Square and TanYan Kee Student Center
Date: December 16, 2009
Time: 7:00 am-12:00 nn
Venue: Tan Yan Kee Student Center
Written By: Shiena Angela Aquino
Photographed By: Ma. Elizabeth Afan