Alumni from Cateel schools host New Year party for residents

By Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 31 2012 10:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 01 2013 06:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Ordiz family has no money to buy food for their media noche which is why they are thankful that alumni from schools in Cateel arrived to host a New Year party.

“Kahit medyo malungkot pero pag nakita ko yung mga bata na masaya, masaya na din ako,” said Lanie Ordiz.

Relief goods were distributed and games were organized for the children. The group also offered prayers for those who passed away in the tragedy. They lit candles and residents sang songs for the recovery of the province.

They also released sky lanterns along with the residents.

“Yung ginawa nila parang nagbigay sa amin na may pagasa talaga ang buhay,” said Imelda Reyes.

Although the volunteers now live in different places, they were able to organize themselves using social media to give hope to the typhoon victims.

“Sino ba yung magtutulong-tulungan dapat kaming mga taga-Cateel mismo,” said Olan Emboscado, president of Help Cateel.

Meantime it will be quiet New Year in Cateel with the town banning the use of firecrackers to welcome 2013.