Army, lay share ‘Christmas spirit’ with Dumagats

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The Dumagats make a cheerful ‘toast’ as they enjoy their glasses of milk. (Photo: CBCP News)

DOÑA REMEDIOS TRINIDAD, Bulacan, Dec. 15, 2015 – Parish volunteers, medical workers, the army personnel of Bravo Company 48IB, Philippine Army, and lay people shared some Christmas love through their three T’s: time, talent, and treasure with the Dumagats, the indigenous people of Kambubuyugan, on Monday, Dec. 14

“We really need to work hand-in-hand as we aim to uplift the human dignity of these Dumagats in DRT, Bulacan,” said Fr. Nap Baltazar, Nuestra Señora de Lourdes parish priest, and Diocese of Malolos, Indigenous People Apostolate director.

The group gave away packs of rice, clothes, medicines, supplements for the kids as well as books, school chairs, and back packs with school supplies.

More than helping the Dumagats, the mission aimed to strengthen the self-worth and self-respect between and among the indigenous people.

Baltazar also urged the faithful to “continue sharing their blessings to our brothers and sisters, especially the needy” as a response to God’s call. “I am, in fact, grateful to all those people, organizations, and volunteers, who are kind enough to share what they have.”

“These Dumagats in Kambubuyugan are well-behaved. Despite their living conditions, they have the discipline that most of us miss at times,” Dr. Leah Vardeleon, DRT’s municipal health officer told CBCP News. “Their respect as well as their utmost concern to their fellows is really commendable.”

“Every time our team extends a helping hand to these Dumagats, I feel overwhelmed and blessed,” shared Romar Valencia, a nurse volunteer, during an interview. “I am actually moved whenever I see them smile and hear them say thank you. I always admire their being contented, meek, and appreciative.”

“Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa pagpunta ninyo dito sa amin sa Kambubuyugan. Malaking tulong po ito para sa lahat lalo na po sa mga bata, [We thank you for coming to Kambubuyugan. These are all of great help to us, especially to the children],” said Mauro Lopez, Kambubuyugan’s chieftain. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)

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