What does Christmas mean to a young child who comes from a poor family? The children ages 7 – 12 at Hen. Pio del Pilar Elementary School 1 in Makati City look forward to this season every year for the gifts that they will receive from their Ninongs and Ninangs, which is the same for all kids regardless of their social status in life. Their families usually gather together during Noche Buena to celebrate this occasion. At a young age, they have a clear understanding of what really Christmas is: the Birth of Jesus Christ.
RMN Foundation, in support to Metrobank Retail Banking Sector’s Shoebox Project, carried out an early Christmas Gift-Giving to 367 students of Pio last November 29, 2018. The kids were treated to a short program participated in by RMN Head office, DZXL and iFM Manila employees. How good to see the joy that this activity had brought to the recipients of this project. The same is true for the volunteers who most of them, were first timers in this kind of CSR-related effort. Mr. Rommel Dula, Tax Officer for RMN, had this to say regarding his experience: “It’s my way, and the Company’s way of giving-back to those who need help most. We were able to share something to the community, that made other people genuinely happy. Nakakatuwa yung reaction ng mga bata habang tinatanggap nila yung mga regalo. They were so attentive to the words and actions of the volunteers when they were waiting for the gifts to be handed over to them. Their smiles were priceless. I want to do more CSR activities in the future and I am particularly interested in restoring our environment like tree-planting and cleaning up operation. It has been damaged and with little good acts that we do, we hope to create a better world to live in especially for the generations to come.”
The project was made possible with the assistance of Pio faculty led by OIC Dr. Vilma Montemayor, teacher Marcela Rivera, RMN Foundation and RMN Manila offices and Metrobank Retail Banking Sector, Makati.