A Brighter Christmas

Children with special needs were given the opportunity to showcase their talents in music, dance, skits and painting. The above photo shows the special children of Tau Kabui perform a song and dance number about the animals in the forest. (Photo by Hugh Trudeau; Caption by Ai-Nhi Trudeau)

If we ask Him why He made us the way we are, what would His answer be? Some have more while some have less. Some are hindered while some are way ahead.

Parents and families of the Intellectually Disabled Children beam with pride and joy as they watch their children perform (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)
Parents and families of the Intellectually Disabled Children beam with pride and joy as they watch their children perform (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)

Children with special needs are people not a social stigma. This is why organizations like Special Olympics Philippines-Palawan Chapter exists. They function to empower people with intellectual disabilities through sports like Bocce Ball, Tennis, and Athletics (Track and Field). It is led by Ms. Angie Mendoza, founding director, Mr. Edgar Clamor, president, and a board of directors.

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Just this December 5, 2015, SOP-Palawan celebrated their annual Christmas event at the Robinsons Place activity area with the people with special needs and their parents.

Marvi Trudeau of Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. and concurrently a member of the board of directors of the Special Olympics Palawan delivers her inspirational message to the audeince. (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)
Marvi Trudeau of Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. and concurrently a member of the board of directors of the Special Olympics Palawan delivers her inspirational message to the audience. (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)

 

Magic of Christmas

The event showcased the children’s talents. Performers were groups from schools like Salve Regina, Taw Kabui for a Child Inc., Pilot, and Palawan National School. Some danced. Some sang. A group from PNS used sign language to interpret the song, “Sana Ngayong Pasko.” Whatever the children did received hearty claps from the audience.

 

The celebration was sponsored and supported by Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Palawan Pawnshop, Robinsons Place Palawan, Mr. Donut, and I Travel and Tour.

 

“Magkaroon ng buhay na kaya nilang gampanan despite their disability,” Marvi Trudeau of

Organizers of the event, the SOP Board headed by its President Mr. Edgar Clamor (2nd from left) and the teachers of Special Education in the City pose with Santa and Mrs Claus. (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)
Organizers of the event, the SOP Board headed by its President  Edgar Clamor (2nd from left) and the teachers of Special Education in the City pose with Santa and Mrs Claus. (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)

the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. mused. Her message was a wish for the children. She hoped for an accepting society that will never again belittle children with special needs.   Edgar Clamor shared the same sentiment. Rather than ridicule, we should encourage the children to embrace their individuality and talents.

 

Parents were overjoyed to see their children be themselves. A mother shared that gatherings such as the Christmas event is a show of support and a source of confidence for the children. As I approached parents to ask their opinions, a girl with Down Syndrome fondly touched my chin and carried on expressing her happiness. I have never witnessed such uninhibited display of warmth.

The children with their family had a chance to have a picture with Santa Claus, which made them really happy. (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)
The children with their family had a chance to have a picture with Santa Claus, which made them really happy. (Photo by Hugh Trudeau)

Like most Christmas parties, the celebration ended with a gift giving and a picture with Santa Claus. Definitely a perfect closing to a wonderful gathering of angels.


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