Due to space constraints, we were not able to publish this letter last Sunday. The writer, Rene Tabotabo, was the chairperson of the Danshuei Filipino Community. He recently finished his employment contract and returned home last Wednesday.
Best birthday gift
I am starting the year 2006 with genuine happiness in my heart. Our charity concert on Christmas Day was a success. That was the only present that I wanted for Christmas and my birthday. (His birthday falls on January 1. - Ed.) That charity event enabled us to assist our less privileged brothers and sisters.
Some however did not see it that way - proving once again that you can't please everybody.
There were those who believed that such projects were mere "rackets" or "scams." I feel sorry for those people. Those unfounded criticisms have only strengthened our resolve to help our distressed countrymen. Fortunately, many of our fellow kababayans - those blessed with generous hearts - share this view.
Rose Arellano is one of those. After seeing our photo in your newspaper last month, she phoned me and sent her donation. She said the Danshuei Filipino Community reminded her of the Fatima Parish in Santa Barbara, Iloilo. She was an active member of that parish, she said. Rose added that she was not getting any days off, and that she only had Kabayan as her companion on Sundays. She further told me that a friend tried to dissuade her from believing in undertakings like ours. She ignored her friend's advice. To Rose, madamo gid nga salamat.
Charry Olivares, a Mormon, was thinking of getting herself a birthday treat when she heard us on ICRT last November. Instead of buying herself a birthday present, she chose to donate her money to our charity concert's beneficiaries. Charry even asked me for Jissie and Jonel's cell phone numbers in the Philippines, and requested their church leader to visit the two.
Vickey Guzman, Amelia, Lorna, and Eva also rarely get any days off. Despite their personal burdens, they too donated a portion of their wages to our extremely sick kabayans. They remitted their donations through the post office.
It was this spirit of camaraderie that made our charity concert a success.
To Mommy Luz and Daddy James, I am glad I have gotten to know you. I saw the goodness of the Lord in your hearts. To my fellow servers at the Our Lady of Fatima parish, thank you for your kindness and support. I feel honored and delighted every time you call me "kuya" (big brother).
Danshuei Filipino Community
The Tagalog Fellowship of the Taipei International Church's Sunday worship service is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Taipei American School (No. 800, Zhongshan North Rd., Section 6, Tienmu, Shihlin District, Taipei). To get to the school, take buses 220, 285,601, 645, 606, 267, and R12. For inquiries, call Nely (02) 28344-1127. On weekdays, you may drop by the Tagalog Fellowship office at No. 248, 7F, Zhongshan North Road, Section 6, Shihlin District, Taipei. If you have any questions, just ring Nely at (02) 2833-7444 or (02) 2834-4127. Take buses 220, 601, 606 and 285 to get to the TIC office.
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