By Bruce Curran
It’s a crisp clear Saturday dawning, and several vehicles are already on the move cruising along the Zambales coast to their destination in Cabangan, some way south of Iba.
It is a gathering organized by the President of the Rotary Club of Freeport Zone Subic Bay. The Group was Supported by the M.V.E. Star International Foundation which is funded by M.V.E. STAR Publishing and Advertising Services whose President is Maria Victoria Eggers (M.V.E.), with participation support from Steelfab Water Solutions Asia Inc. located at the Gateway on SBMA.
On arrival everyone was greeted by children who adorn them with welcoming necklaces made out of recycled materials.
It’s a Dental, Medical and Goods Distribution Day at the Cadmang Elementary School in Cadmang Barangay. The school is currently being completely rebuilt thanks to the Department of Education, and the 192 students are currently schooled in temporary structures, as the dilapidated rooms are re-engineered and refurbished to modern standards.
Just down the road several buildings have been allocated for this Foundation Day; one room is set up as a Dental unit, another as a Medical unit, and another for food preparation and storage to feed everyone later that afternoon. Boxes of medical supplies and dozens of skipping ropes and towels had arrived in boxes to be distributed to the local school kids, once the long lines of youngsters was sorted for those immediate medical and dental treatments that can be administered on the spot.
Val, a Lass from Australia, now based in Castillejos running Triple B Burns Clinic, has been around Zambales treating major burn victims with Manuka honey from New Zealand (a well-respected known natural remedy for 3rd degree burn victims) for several years already, and is a well-respected member of the local medical community.
Next door to it all, the son and father team who are local dentists, Ray Barrera and his dad, with their local assistants, laid out their equipment and started checking the mouths of the youths. Nearby the friendly Filipino staff of M.V.E STAR Publishing & Foundations ( Rtn. Rose Evangelista, Erica Dazo & Rotaract Angelo Tolentino) had a large box of toothpaste tubes, and another full of toothbrushes, all for handing out to the school kids during the rest of the day that had began around 10 AM, continuing on until the late afternoon.
Then it was hand-out time, and the sister club Gwangyang Dong Back from Rotary Korea via their President Mi-Ra Lim, had sent dozens of towels – a vital part of home-health, with access to a wipe dry set of hands after a water wash from some source. Or a cold drum or bucket of water with a scoop hand-tub to drench foot to tow. It was much appreciated by all the school kids who finally have their own towels.
It was a day of fun to all at many levels of welcomed, appreciated, essential, sharing and bonding through the focus of the MVE Star Foundation …caring and sharing by throwing the vast net over humanity and giving, in ways that benefit a vision for all man & womankind.
The Foundation with supporters and sponsors and medical and dental teams, hand-out medical and other goods and items, brought with them the Spirit of a Fiesta-styled day, much appreciated by the 192 students at Cadmang Elementary School. Appreciation to all persons involved, including individuals from several other nations who travelled up from the SBMA in Subic Bay to be present for the whole committed day.
A special thanks to Brgy. Captain Pelayo, and their staff, and also to all the teachers of Cadmang Cabangan Zambales and the use of their Brgy. Hall.
The Day of Smiles came to an end and everyone went home with something fresh and worthwhile within their minds, boosted by spirit and soul. Zambales has its very own spirit and soul which it shares with all-comers, at many levels, and is a worthwhile visit for many reasons.