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By Deedee M. Siytangco

How was your Christmas, dear readers?

We welcomed home for the holidays my only granddaughter, Amanda Julia Masigan, turning 21 in January from her studies in Spain. That made their little family complete, Andrew, Sandee, and she, and it was such a blessing!

My Christmas was also spent entertaining two dozen orphans at the Ridge City, all from the Mother Teresa Spinelli House of Treasures.

We treat the youngsters for lunch and games every Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve. The orphans ranged from four-year-olds to teens, the eldest being Monica is now 19. She was barely a year old with a hole in her heart when my late husband and I met her in the arms of the Mother Superior during a Christmas midnight mass.

‘TIS THE SEASON Christmas gift-giving at Bella Vista

‘TIS THE SEASON Christmas gift-giving at Bella Vista

We were so moved by the sight of the pretty little girl, we learned she needed an operation at the Philippine Heart Center. My husband nudged me to call for help and I did, bravely appealing to the director whom I did not know personally. But he was kind and told me, “The girl is lucky. That is my area of specialization. Bring her to me.”

In two weeks, the operation was done and Monica started to heal. Now in college, she wants to be a chef. There are babies and toddlers at the orphanage and they received loot bags and pampers (they have three babies from DSWD) from our second generation “givers” my niece Starr Weigand and her law partner Pierre Martin Reyes. My son AJ and his wife Ayet always take care of the ice cream cones. We seniors can relax and watch our young ones enjoy themselves at play.

It’s a tradition in the Munson clan to celebrate our patriarch’s birthday (Amado R. Munson) by bonding and sharing. I hope it is a tradition the generations after us continue.

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Have a safe New Year’s celebration, dear friends!

May all of you have a happy, blessed, and prosperous New Year!

Starting the New Year happily and with a ban is former Senator Bam Aquino who was chosen to be the lone Filipino in 2020 Eisenhower Global Fellowship Program. Aquino was one of the 22 young global leaders from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America selected by the Eisenhower Fellowships to take part in their 2020 program.
The Eisenhower Fellowships, established in 1953, is a “transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement with a global network of dynamic change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous, and just.”
The 22 chosen leaders will embark on fellowships across the US, focusing on diverse fields such as affordable quality education, artificial intelligence, and financial literacy.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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