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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.