Community Service

Is ‘Gems Sigay’ a Kaleidoscope, Rainbow or Mosaic?

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Kaleidoscope. Rainbow. Mosaic. These are three words which are commonly used to describe a high school reunion’s reorganization, and its subsequent gatherings and activities.

Kaleidoscope refers to a tube-shaped optical instrument that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs by means of mirrors reflecting the constantly changing patterns made by small objects. It depicts a high school reunion group that constantly changes its colors of activities. At one time, it is all about wining and dining, while at another time, it is purely community service and civic action.

Rainbow, as we all know, is a bow or arc of prismatic colors appearing in the sky opposite the sun and caused by the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of rain. A high school reunion is said to be a rainbow if its planned activities are too high and too big to be implemented or realized. And after a long period, they will just remain as ‘planned’ activities.

Mosaic, meanwhile, is used to describe the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. This word portrays a high school reunion which determines a set of diverse activities and then takes small, yet constant, steps toward their realization.

Today, exactly three months (or a quarter year) after the first ever reunion 25 years after graduation in high school, it is worthwhile for CCSPC Batch ’89 (Gems Sigay) to assess the identity it tends to assume – a kaleidoscope, rainbow or mosaic?

Immediately after the reunion day, the following steps in building our Contact Directory have been proposed: (1) Maintenance of FB Group Page, (2) Listing of mobile contacts, (3) Grouping according to fields of endeavor or line agencies, and (4) Grouping according to locations. (It’s part of commitment to the first step that this nondescript has to join the FB community.)

The following guiding principles have also been suggested: (1) Managing the Batch shall be a microcosm of our ability to duly serve (a) others (batch mates), (b) our alma mater, and (c) the community; (2) Batch ’89 shall be a marketplace of different and differing ideas; (3) Transparency shall be observed in financial matters and motives; (4) Reunion shall be an avenue for community service and giving back of blessings; and (5) To aim big while doing the doable things no matter how small they may be.

With these proposed steps in building our Contact Directory and guiding principles, the scene of actions in the past three months is dominated by the following activities, among others: charity works, luncheon meetings, homecoming parties, reaching out to a sick batch mate, wedding events, funeral services, entrepreneurship seminars, birthday greetings, etc.

The coming months, until the next reunion, will determine if we could maintain this mosaic of small, yet diverse, activities and programs. We hope we can – and we will!

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Short but Worthwhile Visit

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CCSPC Batch ’89 (Day and Night Classes) colleagues’ short visit to ‘Bahay Maria’ last January 4 was worthy of reflection for many reasons:

1. It’s a first-time experience for many, if not most of us, to visit such a noble place. Contrary to the common notion that it’s a home for the aged, it’s actually more than that; it’s a home for the abandoned ones regardless of age and religious affiliation.

2. It’s an unintended reminiscence of our deceased fathers and mothers and longing for even a minute to render service to them more and express our love.

3. It’s a realization that we must be very grateful for what we have – the family. The residents of Bahay Maria are those who are already abandoned by, and detached to, their respective families. Although they have found a new home, it cannot be denied that wounds are still there. Even if the wounds are healed in the course of time, definitely the scars remain.

4. It’s also a reminder or wakeup call for all of us to try our best to keep the foundation of our respective families formidable and resilient to withstand amidst the storms of trials and tribulations.

5. It’s a good opportunity to share blessings as well as to acquire the blessings of sharing.

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