Subj: IMA and St. Paul Vigil House
Date: 12/4/99 2:17:11 AM Mountain Standard Time
From: Mae Cendana-David
This is a report on my "Week of Sharing" as a representative of Batch '75.
IMA - Roi and I went to IMA (Ing Makababaying Aksyon) Foundation located in Angeles City, Pampanga last Wednesday, December 1. As soon as we got there, we saw a banner that said "Welcome St. Paul HS 1975 from Ima Pipol". Myra Henson, who is our "official connection" to this home for battered women and abused children, greeted us with the staff headed by Gilyn Carrascal.
IMA's shelter is a 2 storey building located by a park inside a subdivision. Heavy iron doors and windows had to be installed for the protection of the staff and constituents. Apparently, IMA often experiences harassment from irate husbands, pimps, etc. Sometimes, police assistance is necessary. Most victims have been transferred to other provinces or cities for security purposes.
We delivered used clothes, toys, shoes and a P10,000 check. In turn, Susan T. Pineda, their founder, presented us a certificate of appreciation and fed us a delicious Kapampangan kakanin/merienda.
VIGIL HOUSE - The Batch '76 ladies invited me to join their Christmas visit at the SPC Vigil House located behind SPCQC today, December 4. It was my first time to see how these ailing sisters deal with age and death. Some were in wheelchairs; the others, unable to go to the lobby, had to listen from their beds at the infirmary located in the second floor. Donations were many and food was provided by Jollibee who even sent their mascot to greet and dance with the nuns. Sisters Bernadette Racadio and Severina were there to assist Sister Bebianna, the head of the Vigil House. We sang Christmas songs, told our family stories, danced and distributed gifts. It was truly an emotional morning.
This week, I found out that it doesn't take much to make someone happy or to lend a hand. It's not the money or the material things that matter most to people when they are down; rather, it's the presence and care that one is willing to share. Hope the world can share more during this holiday season.