Sometimes we hike high enough to forget all the drama down below. Only to find out that the drama is catching up on us the moment we stepped down the summit. Well there must be something that could get us a little higher than the summit, like an Outreach Program. This is what the INClimbers together with Kayapak, Ka-Lakbay and TWI (Tropang Walang Iwanan) had organized at Mt. Tinucan, Tanay Rizal. Hikers from these organizations put hands together to hold an outreach program in a nearby community, Tinucan Elementary School. Let’s see how an outreach program after the hike could bring us a little higher than the mountain’s summit.
About the hike:
Mt. Tinucan is a traverse climb that has a level difficulty of 3, assault.
Sea of clouds is waiting for you on top.
03:00 am – General Assembly at Farmers Cubao
04:00 am – ETD Cubao to Cogeo
04:45 am – ETD Cogeo to Brgy. Tinucan
05:45 am – ETA to Brgy. Tinucan
06:00 am – Start Trek
07:30 am – ETA to Mt. Tinucan Summit/ Photo ops
08:00 am – Start Descend
Estimated Budget: P600
Registration – P100/pax
Guide Fee – P500/5pax (5:1ratio) – P100
Seedling – P15
Jeep cubao-cogeo-cubao – P60
Monster Jeep to Brgy Tinucan – P6,500/ 20pax – P325 *This may depend on the number of people.
Kuya Pedrito Campus at 09193265454/09063331923 – Kuya Pedrito has 100% response rate. He would send you the format of the letter of intent and all that you would be needing during the hike.
About the Outreach:
Arriving at the community you would be greeted by the shy-curious look of the students of Tinucan Elementary School.
See them? These are the times that I wish I could write enough to tell the world that there’s so much inside them.
How about these boys? Who do you think would save his family from poverty? Or contribute much in nation building? Or even discover the cure for cancer? Just please, believe in them.
There were 200 bags and 1200 notebooks distributed to the elementary students. Contents in the bags vary from Kindergarten, Grade 1 up to Grade 6.
See this cute little kid smiling as his new bag is being put on!
Now seeing that smile, I couldn’t seem to know who is happier – the kid who smiled or the ones who made him smile? 🙂
Then there were 200 rubber slippers distributed.
Then the fitting of the rubber slippers. This gave the kids the Cinderella/Cinderella Man feeling when the slippers were put on their feet. Not the fancy glass slippers but we made sure the slippers would not slip off their feet when running is needed.
Basic medicines were also distributed during the outreach.
Free medical check-up by Dr. Yen Ruiz. Thank you for your service, Doc!
What seems to be the highlight to the kids are the games.
Their game faces would surely win your heart.
One thing that is making an Outreach Program special is the magic of strangers. In a short time we free ourselves of our own judgment, without thinking if we are good enough people to give or worthy enough to receive.
All we know is that at that very time, we have share to them the best thing that we have.
We know what we have done isn’t enough to sustain their education and send them to college. We just want them to believe in themselves because we do.
That wherever life takes them, they should be happy. And that they have the power to choose their own definition of success.
And lastly, thank you to my brothers and sisters who shared joy in INClimbers Outreach Program. See you on our next climb!
The organizer of the INClimbers Outreach Program Wave 2 are Ka Gem Calleja who owns a traveling agency Neilgem Project Adventure, together with Ka Sonny Ligan, Ka Leo Daran, Ka Felix Erano Uy, Ka Mark Danniel, and Ka Rodolfo Gamboa Carolino Jr.
Photos were contributed by Ka James Estrada, Ka Ramonsito Bautista and Ka Reymart Sacramento.
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Bethel is a believer of everything nice and sweet. She travels with the idea the world must have its sweets. All the sweets she finds are noted in her travel blog, www.travelberries.com.