Christmas: Giving is a gesture of the heart
Christmas is indeed a tonic for our souls. Its spirit moves us to give love and moves us to think of others rather than ourselves. I also personally believe that giving is a gesture of the heart; the hands are only the tools.
The event was set last December 27, 2015 and we travelled more or less three hours on a minivan and motorcycle to reach the area.
What matters most?
Barangay Laconon was situated in the top-most portion of the mountains in the T’boli province and it can only be reached by riding habal-habal or motorcycle. We had an exhausting 2-hour habal-habal ride but when we reached the area, we we’re filled with joy and awe as we marveled on the scenery of the lush green mountains and plains and were greeted by the warm smiles of the kids and the community leaders.
We had games and snacks before we started giving the schoolbags and toys. A group of kids sang some Christmas songs but what took my attention was the little girl who sang a song in their native T’boli dialect. I didn’t understand the lyrics but I felt its sincerity.
I was amazed and at the same time curious. When asked about the song, it turned out to be a love song. Somehow, it made me feel loved and happy at the same time.
Wet, happy, loved, fulfilled
We ended the day with a splash in the cool waters coming from a cave where Allah River passes through – the bat cave at Sitio Bakngeb. We spent an hour swimming even if we don’t have clothes to change. We went home wet, happy, loved and fulfilled.
We were there to give love and some Christmas cheer but we receive more than what we give. We had fun, adventure, fulfilment and received love from the kids, the community and the surroundings as well. The activity reminded me of a saying from an unknown author which says; never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts – and it will also occupy a huge portion of yours.
About the author – Cherrilyn Baylon (Lycah)