By Michelle Abad
Halina’t sumakay at sama-sama nating libutin ang ganda ng Pilipinas!
On November 19, Kythe-Ateneo held its first-ever Kythe Family Day: Kysiyahan on Leong Hall Roofdeck. Volunteers were called as early as 6:00 AM to begin setting up for the said event to be filled with fun activities for not only the kids, but their families as well, since families play a big role in aiding a child through the tough experience of a hospital.
The event was open to both Kythers and non-Kythers who could sign up to become buddies to accompany the families. In a sense, they became part of that family for a day.
This advocacy event had the theme “Around the Philippines,” where the Kythe kids and their families could experience the beauty of the country through activity booths, mask making, and cultural performances.
The activity booths featured different places of the Philippines such as Cebu, Bohol, and Boracay, and had games like Pinoy Henyo and Pasahan ng Bote. Some kids even came back to play again and again, even after their respective groups had finished the activity and had gone back to watch the main program.
Performances included those from ACOMMpany, who taught a dance for the kids to follow, University of Asia and the Pacific’s Reverb, who serenaded OPM songs to the families, and Jay Menes, a storyteller who entertained the kids with Philippine folktales. Special guest Janine Gutierrez also joined in on the fun in the latter part of the program.
There was never a dead moment throughout the day, especially when the kids themselves got up to the stage and performed; notably a girl named Joy who beautifully serenaded everyone with a few songs.
The kids, their families, and their buddies were also taught this year’s Advo-Dance, which everyone danced together towards the end of the program.
Kysiyahan served as a breath of fresh air for kids and families who, for at least a day, could forget the hospital and have fun while appreciating the beauty of our country. Kay sayang lumakbay kasama ang pamilya!
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