According to National Children’s Alliance National Statistic’s website, an estimated 1,570 children died from abuse and neglect in 2011, in the United States alone. Seventy-five percent of these children suffered neglect, abandonment. We cannot deny that this is also happening in the Philippines. We hear of fetus being thrown in trash bins, children given up to orphanages, or children severely abused physically, mentally, and emotionally due to corporal punishment. We have the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who seeks out children who suffered maltreatment and abuse and children who are living in the streets.
Christmas is another season for Filipinos to be charitable and helpful. One concrete example is last December 30, 2011 when the Lapu-Lapu government treats some 4,000 children to a one-of-a-kind experience.
This is the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City which City Mayor Paz Radaza transformed into Kiddie Land, a themed park for the young ones (although there are also young-at-heart included).
Yep, the name says it all because it truly was filled with fun.
The cutting of the ribbon was scheduled 10 in the morning when the mayor herself cut the ribbon and at the same time officially welcoming the children. But as early as 9 am, the excited children were already at the said venue.
The children were told to fall line by barangay as there were already 100 children in each barangay invited by the barangay officials.
They were also accompanied by their parents/guardians. Of course, the Kiddie Land was welcome also to the adults.
The crowd was ecstatic when the mayor arrived for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The moment she opened the door…
…some of the children’s expression were priceless.
The dome-now-turned-Kiddie-Land were decorated so that it would look so lively.
Well, as a child, what would you expect? UNLIMITED FUN!
Kiddie Land was the children’s paradise! Inside the place were not just inflatables…
Kids get to enjoy photo booths, train rides…
…carnival rides, an X-box gaming area…
…two movie rooms, Santa Clauses giving candies, magic shows… Definitely everything you can see at a carnival!
Guess who the Santa Clauses are? Those were some fraternity members tapped by the Sangguniang Kabataan Officials.
A day cannot be called fun if there was no food. Food stations were prepared, which was also free, sponsored by the Kababayen-an Association in Lapu-Lapu City.
Although Kiddie Land was just for one day, it uplifts lives of the many, drawing smiles from the kids’ faces and adults’, too.