The year 2013 at a glance
There are a lot of things our family is thankful for year. We praise the Almighty God for the graces he provided us. We are ever grateful for these events in our lives –
Sujan is now 13 years old this year. He is now taller than his mother. In fact, he now has the confidence to take public transportation. I am very proud of him. He goes by public train to attend the weekly Scout Troop meeting. He was also excited to meet +Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in person. In fact, Sujan asked for his autograph.
Furthermore, the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has mobilized people all over the country to help the victims of the typhoon. Sujan was one of them. As a Scout, he was involved with several relief operations by helping to re-pack food packs for the victims of the typhoon.
Kalikasan, my daughter, was involved with the Student Government of the College of Liberal Arts of the De La Salle University. She was appointed as Chairperson for Local and International Linkages. She was also appointed as the College General of the College of Liberal Arts for Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon, which according to my daughter, is a prime socio-political party at De La Salle University.
In addition, Kalikasan had a major role in organizing the Liberal Leaders Summit 2013. The summit was attended by 100 participants, coming from all parts of the country, with speakers such as Risa Hontiveros, Joey Reyes, Maria Resa, etc.
Sophie never stopped surprising me. September of this year, she was recognized as a Messengers of Peace (MoP) Hero. The recognition was held during the 83rd Saudi National Day in Al Baha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This annual award was presented to Sophie and six other Scout Leaders by His Highness Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education, with His Royal Highness Prince Mishari bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Deputy Minister of Education for their community work in Messengers of Peace.
Consequently, the World Scout Foundation, in their Annual Report for 2012, wrote an article about her work with children in difficult circumstances. The article is entitled, “Three Million Sophies” with very kind words of appreciation.
Last quarter of this year, I was involved in a whirlwind (come-change suitcase-go) “kinda” travel. The World Scout Education Congress, 8th ASEAN Scout Jamboree and the APR Ticket To Life Evaluation and Planning Workshop.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Persekutuan Pengakap Brunei Darussalam for presenting to me the Brunei International Friendship Award. I was recognized for my contribution and excellent service to the Scout Movement in the Asia-Pacific Region, especially to Brunei Darussalam.
I would also like to thank the Singapore Scout Association for recognizing me with the Distinguished Service (Bronze) Award. This award is conferred to adult leaders who have dedicated themselves to the cause of the Scout movement and have been an inspiration for Scouts in Singapore. It was an honor to receive the award from the President of the Republic of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam.
This year, during the World Scout Education Congress, I was also conferred the Honorable Charge of Leader Trainer (Four Beads). It was an honor to received these beads from Stephen Peck (Camp Chief of Gilwell).
I am grateful and feel humbled by these recognition as I was only doing my job. This gesture is, indeed, a very generous “tap on the back.” It inspires me to keep on doing a good job.
Almighty Father, we praise and thank you for the wonderful friends that we met at the crossroads. They have touched and blessed our lives. Thank you! Happy New Year To All of You! May the Good Lord Jesus always bless our families and all our endeavors in life!