23 Photos On How Cebuanos Celebrated Christmas With Yolanda Evacuees Staying In Cebu

posted on: Thursday, December 26, 2013

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1. Two days before Christmas, Rosemarie Holganza-Borromeo sent this rather long PM to her friends, including me. She asked them if they were willing to spend Christmas day with 250 Yolanda evacuees staying at the tent city in South Reclamation Properties (SRP).

a call to celebrate Christmas with Yolanda evacuees

2. And here’s more of that note she sent to her friends

long note 1

3. The preparation for the party was just like the day after Yolanda where everyone just did what they can do to send relief to places that needed it most.

long note 2

4. After that long note came a post on Facebook. Indeed, it was like Yolanda all over again, Cebuanos calling on fellow Cebuanos to help out.

a post on facebook

5. Invitations were sent to the families living in the tent city.

invitation sent

6. After posting on my Facebook wall, my own version of a call for help, here’s a reply from one of my friends. Happily, another friend also sent a sack of rice too.

sack of rice

7. The day came and buses courtesy of the Cebu City Government ferried the special guests to the party place.

the bus ferrying the Yolanda evacuees

8. It was no ordinary venue, it had a view of the city. Edward Jayco had to cut short his family’s Christmas celebration to prepare for the once in a lifetime party.

beverly view

9. There were food, more than enough for the guest and even the organizers.

food

10. While they were eating, they were being entertained with song and dance numbers.

eating

11. To make sure that they enjoyed their food, their were drinks provided by Pepsi.

pepsi

12. There was a magic show too.

magician1

13. The kids enjoyed it.

audience

14.What is a party without games for children.

games

15. And prizes too. What’s more, they were made to pick the prize they want.

picking a prize 2

16. More prizes.

more gifts

17. More gifts.

basket

18. Not just from the people in Cebu but from Cebuanos abroad.

signage2

19. Cebuanos all over, together they shared Christmas with their fellow brothers and sisters from Eastern Visayas who either lost their homes or loved ones because of killer super typhoon Yolanda.

signage1

20. While the specials guests were busy enjoying the party, santa’s workers took some time to eat too.

santa workers

21. This little boy enjoying his new toy.

playing a toy

22. A happy mother and son proudly show one the gift they got at the party.

boy with mom

23. In the end, they all gave Cebuanos a round of applause for spending Christmas with them. It was a Christmas like no other.

group photo

In a weeks time, we will be celebrating new year. How about celebrating it with our fellow brothers and sisters in the tent city at SRP? 

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