I usually don’t do much on my birthday as I don’t really hold a celebration or anything like that. However, this year I wanted to celebrate it, and for a few months I have been looking as to how I can do it in a way that I can help and maybe, bring joy to other people’s lives.
Stumbling upon U!Happy Events’ website, I looked through their previous events and programs and seeing how well-organised they were, I decided to create my own event for my birthday with their organisation.
I chose to hold my early birthday celebration at Hospicio de San Jose. You might be asking why Hospicio? For starters, this is the orphanage that we, though not really that frequently, donate old clothes and toys and other such items throughout the years.
One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do was to celebrate a special occasion in a meaningful manner. Last February 27, it was my Uncle’s birthday, and with the help of MyBirthday Foundation, we were able to celebrate it with kids stricken with cancer and their guardians at Child Haus Manila.
My uncle, Michael Angelo, after months of battle with leukemia, passed away last August 2015. If he had lived, he would have been 27 years old today. That’s mainly the reason why we chose Child Haus as our beneficiary – though I myself do not know first-hand the struggle and pain that a person with cancer goes through, I have seen for myself that it is indeed a hard battle. For that reason, my family and I wanted to throw a small celebration for the kids at Child Haus, so that at the very least, even if just for a day, they can forget and have fun just like any normal kid.
Some of the kids and guardians that attended our celebration.