Three bands from Cebu’s Mary Help of Christians School (MCHS) finished at the top ten of season two of CFA’s music competition “Awit Ng Mga Bagong Bida”. The song “Bagong Kabanata” catapulted the school to second place, which came with a cash prize.
Nevertheless, the young musicians took the volunteerism message of the competition beyond their music and decided to actually help the local fisherfolk of Cebu. They gave part of their prize money to the “Bangka Ng Pag-asa” project.
The havoc wreaked by supertyphoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) did not spare the fishing boats of many of Cebu’s fishermen, and practically, their source of income – as if the loss of lives and property was not enough.
With the school’s “Bangka ng Pag-asa” project, 14 motorboats were built from scratch in the MHCS school grounds. Their gradual construction in full view of the school was an inspiring symbol of the local youth’s unity to help.
In fact, because of the Yolanda tragedy, the bands were not able to go to Manila to receive their awards during the March 7, 2014 finale. Instead, CFA went to Cebu last March 28 with the awards and the prize money.
While in the school, CFA’s Pie Mabanta-Fenomeno and Mela San Pedro also facilitated the forum on volunteerism titled “Kaya Natin: Kabataang Bida, Bayani, Banal”.
The selflessness of the youth of Cebu is an inspiring reminder that volunteerism still exists among our young people. If we believe in them, we will find that the youth still have it in them to initiate change. As one of the prizewinning songs says:
“Simulan mo na sa sarili ang malaking pagbabago
At sabay natin itong harapin, ‘di dapat ganito
Hindi pa huli ang lahat, mata’y ating idilat
Bagong kabanata, ay ating ibuklat.”
You can watch the music video for the song “Bagong Kabanata” by clickling here.
The Article is written by Juan Miguel Ala-Tolentino.