By: Angela Bagadiong
Thanks to Rene & Vangie Acedillo, twenty-four families now have bright and colorful homes that they can call their own. St. Anthony Care Homes 2 at the GK Golden Acres site in Las Piñas is the second village born from the generosity of the Acedillos, following the St. Anthony Care Homes GK Village in Parañaque.
It was brighter than usual down at the GK village last April 14th. The heat of the summer sun paled in comparison to the warm welcome given by the community. Children waved colorful flags and excitedly greeted visitors to their new homes with “Welcome to St. Anthony Care Homes!”
The program began with a mass offering lead by Fr. Teo Rustia, followed by a blessing over each and every one of the twenty-four new homes. After the mass and blessing, a crowd gathered in anticipation of the performances, with all eyes on the stage. The children and their parents had prepared a little performance for their guests as a way of welcoming and thanking the donors for their support.
The turnover ceremony was held in the presence of GK Head of Las Piñas, Emil Virtudes, along with Councilors Gerry Sangga, Boni Riguerra, RubyMar Ramos, Brgy. Chairman Josie Bumanlag, Kagawads Moral and Tisoy, and Marlyn Importante and Gela Bagadiong of GK Headquarters, among others.
A festive vibe was in the air as everyone continued to cheer on the performers; the community was filled with life and laughter. When the performances concluded, everyone listened intently to donor Vangie Acedillo who offered a few words to the community, saying “Huwag kayo mag-alala. Lahat ng mga problema niyo, pino-problema ko rin. Hangga’t sa makakaya ko, ibibigay ko.” (“Your problems are my problems. I will give as much as I can, while I still can.”)
She expressed her desire to give more and lamented not being able to expand the size of the homes at the moment. The new homeowners were quick to assure her that having their own place was more than enough because this was a happy departure from what they’d previously known: the harsh reality of dilapidated shanty houses and poor infrastructure. As the program closed with the house key turnover and contract signing, a slow smile began to spread across the faces of all the beneficiaries.
What once was a murky area is now a thriving community, thanks to the generous donations of the Acedillo family and efforts of GK Las Piñas and GK USA. Without them, this project could not have come to life.
Now, there is a new hope for the residents of the St. Anthony Care Homes 2 Village. However, there are still twenty families in need of homes in the GK Golden Acres site. We wish to continue to spread the light to the rest of the communities through donors willing to lend a hand, and encourage you to get involved. Your donations can transform lives.