Ten thousand children in Dumaguete, aged 3 to 12 years old, will be treated to a sumptuous meal during the annual share-a-meal program that starts next week.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo directed the City Sports and Development Office to devise a scheme where the children will get to know each other, and release their energies through a friendly competition called “childrens games”.
Since 10,000 is a big number, Remollo said he thought of clustering the barangays so, in one day, more than 3,000 can be accommodated at the city high school gymnasium in Calindagan. The children’s games and share-a-meal is scheduled on December 15, 16, and 22.
Remollo said the city government has allocated almost P3 million for the project, and P1 million will come from the Philippine Sports Commission to help defray expenses for the technical personnel who will manage for the children’s games.
City sports and youth development officer Ike Xavier Villaflores said the children will be competing with each other in parlor games, such as sack race, paligid relay, takarang, ball relay, and enjoy the games and the sumptuous meal later with mascots from Jolibee, and McDonalds, among others.
Meanwhile, the Dumaguete City Tourism Office, under the leadership of Jacque Veloso Antonio, will hold several activities for the whole family, especially for children, during the Christmas season.
A Christmas concert, “Kumukutitap sa Dumaguete”, will allow Dumaguetenos and visitors alike, to witness and hear the songs and renditions of national artist for music, Ryan Cayabyab, on December 9, at 7 p.m. at the newly paved city hall quadrangle grounds.
Aside from Cayabyab, other talents are the Kabilin Grand Chorale of the Negros Oriental State University, West City Elementary School childrens choir, Dumaguete City High school rondalla, Silliman University campus choristers, Jayrome Sevellejo and GevaVillamil.
Multi-colored lanterns with shapes of local species, including endangered ones like whale shark, green sea turtle, gecko, fruit bat, tarictic, bleeding heart pigeon, Visayan warty pig, Philippine spotted deer and Nudibranch 10 frog, will also be lighted that day.*
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