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Bayanihan alive: My Brigada Eskwela experience

Mark John Romera | June 11, 2018
In this article, Mark John Romera, key accounts manager at the Visayan Electric Company in Cebu, recalls his Brigada Eskwela experience this year and how the activity taught him many valuable lessons.

Brigada Eskwela gives us a vivid example of the Filipino concept of unity. It gives us a picture that the spirit of volunteerism is still of great importance to most Filipinos, especially among those who hope to uplift and improve the country’s public school education.

During the Brigada Eskwela, people from different sectors of society share their resources and participate in repairing and cleaning classrooms, to prepare these for the upcoming classes.

Last May 26, VECO (Visayan Electric Company) Kaibigans, guided by a strong sense of purpose that, as an organization, it should not only focus on advancing business but also communities, volunteered to make a difference in the community of Sangat, San Fernando. The VECO Kaibigans joined the Brigada Eskwela in Sangat Elementary School to prepare it for the opening of classes.

“Sangat Elementary School is fortunate for being VECO’s recipient school for brigada eskwela 2018. We thank VECO for their genuine support in the repair and painting of our classrooms,” said school principal Jonathan Bolo.

All the Kaibigans were excited and enthusiastic about the event. Everyone came prepared to do the tasks of painting the walls and ceilings, cleaning the surroundings and even doing simple masonry works.

NOT SO SIMPLE. Mark John was among those who painted classroom ceilings, a task which may look simple from afar, but is actually quite an exhausting task.
NOT SO SIMPLE. Mark John was among those who painted classroom ceilings, a task which may look simple from afar, but is actually quite an exhausting task.

I also had my fair share of the tasks. I was one of those assigned to paint the ceiling of one of the classrooms. Painting may look simple, but it was an exhausting task. We were all sweating, our shirts and pants were stained with paint, but we still managed to enjoy what we were doing because it was for the students, the hope and future of this country.

The activity was indeed a memorable one and a learning experience for me. I realized that the bayanihan spirit is still alive among us Filipinos. This is something that we should all be proud of. There are a lot of people out there who are willing to cooperate, help and share.

 

MJRomera

 

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