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“Isang Araw Lang,” sabi ni Kuya Daniel

Meron kaming tv sa bahay. Napanood ko yung campaign ni Kuya Daniel Razon sa morning show niya na Good Morning Kuya (GMK) sa UNTV. Siguro mga past two days yon eh. Na-touch ako dun sa sinabi niya na “Isang Araw Lang.” Ang galing ng gusto niyang mangyari dun sa tatlong salita na yon. Naalala ko tuloy yung lyrics na,

“I Love You… please say you love me too… these three words they could change our lives forever… – from the song I Love You by Celine Dion.

Tulad ng salitang I Love You, yung tatlong salita na “Isang Araw Lang” could make our lives better, ani Kuya Daniel. Antaray di ba? He explained na malaki ang magagawa ng isang araw sa loob ng 365 days, kung magkakaisa ang mga Pilipinong may kakayahang tumulong na magserbisyo ng libre sa kapwa.

Naiyak ako (pramis!) Medyo sumikip nga ang dibdib ko kasi parang kinurot siya. I was moved. Kung iisipin mo nga naman kasi, sa loob ng isang araw ay matutuwa ang bawat Pilipino kung sa bawat paglingon nila sa paligid ay libre ang karamihan (kung hindi man lahat) ng mga serbisyo sa loob ng isang araw!

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Naalala ko na naman yung cartoons entitled  “Somewhere in Dreamland.” Ito ay kwento ng dalawang magkapatid na pulubi na nanaginip na napunta sila sa isang lugar na puro pagkain ang nasa paligid nila at kuha lang sila ng kuha ng pagkain nang one to sawa.

Pero itong campaign ni Kuya Daniel na “Isang Araw Lang” ay hindi panaginip. It’s a reality dahil meron talagang maraming libreng serbisyo sa kapwa- medical, dental, legal, job fair, transient home, MRT ride, bus ride- at hindi yon isang araw lang, kundi, ARAW ARAW!!! Read my lips: AARRRAWWW AAARRRAAWWW sa serbisyo yan!!! (Mahiya sana yung mga kurakot sa gobyerno, kahit isang araw lang.)

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Arcon and UNTV37 Free Ride Bus

This was November 28, 2007. I was holding a gift para kay Kuya - apples and pears yan. Why? Dahil special day yun for all of us specially for Kuya. Napadaan yung UNTV Libreng Sakay Bus kaya nagpa-capture na ako ng image. Traffic kasi nun sa Broadway Ave. kaya I got a chance to have one.

Dahil jan sa campaign ni Kuya Daniel Razon na “Isang Araw Lang” ay nag-imagine na ako agad. Si-net ko na sa isip ko yung ambience na may mga libreng bagay sa paligid. Ano kayang service ang una kong pupuntahan? Kaninong dental clinic kaya ako magpapalinis? Ahm.. anong one-day course kaya ang iti-take ko? Anong food chain kaya ang kakainan ko with my loved ones?

Actually iniisip ko ang mga bagay na yan habang nasa loob ako ng Revo na umaandar. Bigla naming nadaanan yung 7-11, isang tindahan. Inisip ko kung isang araw silang mang-lilibre sa tao, MAUUBOS ang laman ng tindahan nila! Kahit ang SM Mega Mall, kung mag-iisang araw silang libre sa tao, LIMAS ang lahat ng products nila!

For sure meron kasing kukuha ng marami. Kaya ang naisip ko, pagdating sa mga produce, mga items, at iba pang tangible products, dapat ay may rule. Since isang araw lang naman yon, dapat ang ibibigay sa mga customers ay yung pang isang araw na consumption lang para naman may equal distribution sa tao, dabah? Ang saya saya!

Or pwede ring magkaroon ng bunutan! I mean raffle draw something! Pipila ang lahat ng gustong maka-kuha ng produkto (dapat kasi may kaayusan para walang stampede) tapos bubunot sila ng number! At yung number na yon ay may corresponding item! Ang saya saya ulet!!! Maswerte yung makakakuha ng refrigerator, o kaya yung makakabunot ng Macintosh, or isang pampasaherong jeep! Bahala na ang bawat establishment sa gimik nila. Antaray!

Siguradong headline ang Pilipinas niyan sa CNN, BBC, at iba pang international news. Sawa na kasi ako sa mga balitang ang Pilipinas ang isa sa mga bonggang bonggang mangurakot sa Asia. Atleast kahit ISANG ARAW LANG ay mabago ang image na yon.

Ang daming pwedeng tulong ang maibibigay natin sa ating kapwa sa loob ng isang araw kung makiki-isa ang lahat sa kampanyang ito. Ang galing talaga ng nagpaisip kay Kuya ng bagay na yan. Ang galing galing Niya!

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Transient Home- Another reason to thank the Lord

Transient Home

Transient Home

I was so touched when I first saw this kind of establishment. A simple two-story building painted orange and white. I got curious so I decided to enter the building. The security guard smiled at me so I guessed he really wanted me to realize that the “house” is for everybody. I already had an idea that inside would be numerous double-deck beds. I have watched it on TV.

As I walked through, a memory came to my mind – when I was a bed-spacer in college seven years ago. I can’t remember exactly if it was P2,000 a month but I really needed to pay every month for me to enjoy the rent of the bed. But this transient home is very much different because (it’s not a bed-space in the first place) it is free, has no payment, gratis; how else?

I heard also that it offers free meal, clothing, medical assistance, AGAIN – ALL FOR FREE! I am still about to learn more about the good things of that transient.

But I believe the most moving part of all was when I saw a picture that has a Bible verse on it. I read it whole-heartedly and my soul felt an indescribable feeling.

Deuteronomy 15:11- For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

I felt tears in my eyes and gladness in my heart realizing that God has commanded somebody to open his hand wide to the needy. I turned my attention to another picture and I saw a portrait of a man in his eyeglasses. I recognized him- Bro. Eli Soriano. I was very sure that he was commanded by God in that verse. If he’s not been, why was he doing all these kindness and efforts? Well, only God knows the intention of a man’s heart and us to feel it. But others don’t and can’t even appreciate goodness in life, they get insecured instead.

I wonder why some people hate Bro. Eli. What evil did he do to them? There is none, is there? Is it this transient home project which they are angry for? If not, then which one? For whatever their reason, I don’t have any interest to know. What I am up into is the good perspective in life. Let them live with the monster in their hearts. Just wishing someday the monster leaves and they realize. (Sigh)

After such experience, I immediately wanted to thank the Lord. The reason: I felt God’s love to the poor and needy people by using Bro. Eli Soriano thru that Transient Home amidst all the ups and downs in life.

Je remercie le Seigneur parce qu’il utilise frère Eli et frère Daniel en montrant sa gentillesse au pauvre gens avec la construction de la nouvelle MAISON PASSAGÈRE. Amen.