On meeting new friends, inspiring younger girls and giving back

Still on mini- throwbacks, just because I wasn’t really able to update my blog.

We celebrated Ate Mitch’s birthday last May at a certain girls’ shelter somewhere in Quezon City. It’s a halfway house for girls who were once physically or sexually abused or were rescued from the streets. I was only planning of donating a Bible but it turned out I would want to see these girls and spend some time having fun with them. It turned out to be a very good decision.

The party started at 1PM. We were first oriented by the one of the shelter’s staff. She’s like the girls’ nanay. She told us that the girls are very friendly but quite clingy. Our guy friends were not allowed to touch them because it might evoke trauma from the past. We are also not allowed to ask about their lives outside the shelter unless they freely share those stories with us.

After the orientation, Ate Mitch gave a talk on why we should be proud of being a girl. She told the girls that everyone was fearfully and wonderfully made and that we should be happy with what we have right now. During the talk, she asked the girls to write what makes them happy about being a girl and what makes them sad too. We’re glad that most of the girls filled the happy side. Of course, there were those who filled the sad side, saying they don’t like being a girl when they can’t do simple things boys are capable of.

Because it’s a birthday party, we gave each of the girls a chocolate cupcake with a lighted candle on top. And then, the gifts started pouring in! We gave them a bag filled with toiletries. The other one has a Bible, a marker and a letter from the sponsors. The girls were so happy with the goodies they get to keep. They were especially happy with the lotion and the cologne inside the bag. But most of all, I felt they were happy and excited to receive those letters from the sponsors. One girl even said, “Ate sino si Kuya ____? Ang galing naman nya mambola! Haha. Joke lang po!” Funny this one. Later on, the other girls who’re not really good with reading asked us to read the letters for them. Awww. :3

The party did not end there. We get to eat more food, play, have a mini-fashion show and a nail art session before we finally ended. It was just one fun afternoon! I’m really thankful that I get to meet these girls and spend an afternoon with them. I never really got the chance to talk to each of them but seeing those smiles captured in the lens was enough to realize that they are still blessed. They may have scarred lives in the past but today is more important. As long as we find the time to share our love and care with them, I think the wounds will slowly heal and help them lead a better life.



Oh and did I tell you this was my first photo gig? Hahahaha! Yep. I was the official photographer of the event. Here are some of the photos! 

Here's our birthday girl!

Writing out the reasons why they're happy to be a girl.



Slippers.


Still writing out the reasons why they're happy to be a girl.


They're happy because we visited them! Awwww :3


Neon-colored bags filled with goodies!


Happy Birthday!

Cupcake overload!



Another goodie bag. Bible's inside. 


Fashion show prep.


Still for the fashion show.


Nail art time!


Painting their nails.







Yummy cupcake literally within a hand's reach. Hahaha!




Hide face!








Sexy backs. Daw.


The girls and the team go wacky.





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felix felicis: On meeting new friends, inspiring younger girls and giving back

Monday, June 3, 2013

On meeting new friends, inspiring younger girls and giving back

Still on mini- throwbacks, just because I wasn’t really able to update my blog.

We celebrated Ate Mitch’s birthday last May at a certain girls’ shelter somewhere in Quezon City. It’s a halfway house for girls who were once physically or sexually abused or were rescued from the streets. I was only planning of donating a Bible but it turned out I would want to see these girls and spend some time having fun with them. It turned out to be a very good decision.

The party started at 1PM. We were first oriented by the one of the shelter’s staff. She’s like the girls’ nanay. She told us that the girls are very friendly but quite clingy. Our guy friends were not allowed to touch them because it might evoke trauma from the past. We are also not allowed to ask about their lives outside the shelter unless they freely share those stories with us.

After the orientation, Ate Mitch gave a talk on why we should be proud of being a girl. She told the girls that everyone was fearfully and wonderfully made and that we should be happy with what we have right now. During the talk, she asked the girls to write what makes them happy about being a girl and what makes them sad too. We’re glad that most of the girls filled the happy side. Of course, there were those who filled the sad side, saying they don’t like being a girl when they can’t do simple things boys are capable of.

Because it’s a birthday party, we gave each of the girls a chocolate cupcake with a lighted candle on top. And then, the gifts started pouring in! We gave them a bag filled with toiletries. The other one has a Bible, a marker and a letter from the sponsors. The girls were so happy with the goodies they get to keep. They were especially happy with the lotion and the cologne inside the bag. But most of all, I felt they were happy and excited to receive those letters from the sponsors. One girl even said, “Ate sino si Kuya ____? Ang galing naman nya mambola! Haha. Joke lang po!” Funny this one. Later on, the other girls who’re not really good with reading asked us to read the letters for them. Awww. :3

The party did not end there. We get to eat more food, play, have a mini-fashion show and a nail art session before we finally ended. It was just one fun afternoon! I’m really thankful that I get to meet these girls and spend an afternoon with them. I never really got the chance to talk to each of them but seeing those smiles captured in the lens was enough to realize that they are still blessed. They may have scarred lives in the past but today is more important. As long as we find the time to share our love and care with them, I think the wounds will slowly heal and help them lead a better life.



Oh and did I tell you this was my first photo gig? Hahahaha! Yep. I was the official photographer of the event. Here are some of the photos! 

Here's our birthday girl!

Writing out the reasons why they're happy to be a girl.



Slippers.


Still writing out the reasons why they're happy to be a girl.


They're happy because we visited them! Awwww :3


Neon-colored bags filled with goodies!


Happy Birthday!

Cupcake overload!



Another goodie bag. Bible's inside. 


Fashion show prep.


Still for the fashion show.


Nail art time!


Painting their nails.







Yummy cupcake literally within a hand's reach. Hahaha!




Hide face!








Sexy backs. Daw.


The girls and the team go wacky.





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